Monthly Meeting – Saturday, October 3, 2015 – Panel of Professionals for Character Ideas

Monthly Meeting – Saturday, October 3, 2015 – Panel of Professionals for Character Ideas

  • Fire Marshal –  Ben Basham has been with the Springfield Fire Marshal’s office for 9 years and the Fire Department for 17 years. He is an arson investigator, bomb technician, commissioned law enforcement officer and all around good guy (as long as you keep him well-fed). He pretends to be shy but secretly loves the spotlight. His favorite movie is Backdraft and his favorite TV show is Chicago Fire.
  • Doctor – Chuck Sheppard Born many many years ago in Springfield, Graduated from Greenwood, got a degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell then Medical School at the University of Missouri Columbia. Did internship at Presbyterian hospital in San Francisco. Served as Medical Director Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco Drug Treatment/Rock medicine section for 4 years. Residency at Presbyterian. Moved to Massachusetts practiced Internal Medicine for 6 years the became ER director. Did that for several years then moved to Ohio for a year then Upstate NY and then back to Mercy (then St. Johns) in Springfield in 1992. Currently working in the Emergency Department and serving as the medical director for Mercy Life Line and Mercy Kids Transport. In Springfield. Lecture around the country on all things prehospital/emergency medicine. Also have a miniature horse farm (7S Miniatures) see web site www.7sminiatures.com. Love to read all kinds of books and magazines.
  • Attorney – Jonathan Barker received the Prosecutor of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009. He has spent 5+ years in the Greene County Prosecutor’s office, working in different units (Major Crimes, Crimes Against Persons, and General Crime). He has attended jury trials, bench trials, evidentiary hearings, and motion hearings. He has worked on a variety of cases for crimes committed against people (involving children, kidnapping, sexual offenses, domestic violence offenses, assault, assault on law enforcement) , drugs (drug possession, drug distributing, drug manufacturing) , arson, and robbery (robbery, burglary, stealing and other property crimes).
Please note that in October, ORA will be meeting at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO. The speaker panel begins at 1:00.

Join our critique group from 10 a.m. to Noon. Want your work reviewed by talented writers and published authors? Bring twenty copies of up to five pages of your work to share for critique or just listen and offer advice.

The 2015 Weta Nichols Writing Contest is now CLOSED

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2015 Weta Nichols Writing Contest. Submissions are now closed. Winners will be announced at our annual conference on September 19, 2015 then posted on the website.

Check back next year for another chance to enter and win!

NO MEETING IN JULY!

There will be NO JULY MEETING since our normal date falls on the July 4th holiday. See you in August!

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, April 4, 2015 Christopher Johnson will share “What Movies Teach Writers”

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, April 4, 2015 Christopher Johnson will share “What Movies Teach Writers”

Everyone loves to see movies, but are there lessons to be learned for an author in them? Christopher will cover screenplay structure, dialog, and scene structure. Christopher is a Writer-Director for a National Insurance company, handling all of their video corporation, as well as an independent screenwriter. He has thirteen years of experience in this field and ran his own company for independent film for five years.
ORA meets in the Frisco Room at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield, MO at 1 p.m.

 

Join our critique group from 10 a.m. to Noon. Want your work reviewed by talented writers and published authors? Bring twenty copies of up to five pages of your work to share for critique or just listen and offer advice.

Grammar Girl has a video message for Ozarks Romance Authors!

Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty thanks Ozarks Romance Authors members for their support

Click on this image to see Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty thank Ozarks Romance Authors members for their support!


We LOVE Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty. We follow her on Facebook, listen to her podcasts, read her books, check what’s new at her web site often, and her new book, “Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again,” will be a door prize our our annual writers’ conference in Springfield, Missouri, on July 23, 2011.

If you click on the image above (or on the link below), it will take you to a quick video of Grammar Girl thanking Ozarks Romance Authors members for our support. How cool is that?

Grammar Girl video message to Ozarks Romance Authors

What is on the summer reading list of best-selling author Emily Griffin?

How fabulous to see a peek into how a best-selling author is developing a love of reading in her three young children.

Emily Griffin, author of “Heart of the Matter,” “Love the One You’re With,” “Baby Proof,” “Something Blue,” and “Something Borrowed,” was recently profiled on People Magazine’s Celebrity Babies web site in a story titled, “Author Emily Griffin’s Top Summer Reading Picks — for the Whole Family.”

Griffin’s picks for summer reading with kids include “Harriet the Spy,” “Freckle Juice,” “The Little Princess,” “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” “Fancy Nancy,” “Pinkalicious,” “The Story of Ferdinand,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” “Madeline,” and “Emily’s Balloon.”

For the grown-ups, Griffin recommends reading “Falling Is Like This,” “Husband & Wife,” “Opposite of Me,” and “My Fair Lazy.”

Be on the lookout for Griffin’s “Something Borrowed” in movie theaters, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and John Krasinski from “The Office.”

What books are on YOUR reading list for the summer?