Monthly Meeting–Saturday, August 2, 2014: Insights and Tips on Writing Your First Novel from Author Mara W. Cohen

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p.m.

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Author Mara W. Cohen will give us insight and tips on writing your first novel at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Mara teaches in the English Department at Missouri State University.

With degrees from both Columbia University (NYC) and Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), she is working on her doctorate at The Spertus Institute of Jewish Leadership and Learning in Chicago.

In addition to writing historical fiction about the Jews of Greece, she the co-director of the Telling Traditions Project, which has a mission to preserve the history of the Jews of the Ozarks and does research on American haggadot.

Along with this first novel, her first documentary “Home, Community, Tradition:The Women of Temple Israel,” about the Jewish women of Springfield, MO, is available from the project.

Very concerned about preserving Jewish history, Ms. Cohen has just completed, with M. Rachel Gholson, “Jews of Springfield in the Ozarks” published by Arcadia Press.

A world traveler, she loves meeting her fans, so consider inviting her to your community.

FIND MARA W. COHEN ONLINE:
http://english.missouristate.edu/MaraIoannides.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mara-W-Cohen-Ioannides-author-page/114047885299978
http://www.amazon.com/Mara-W.-Cohen-Ioannides/e/B001JSD266

Join Us Saturday, June 7 as Ashli O’Connell Presents Marketing for Authors & Building a Fan Base Via Social Media

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p.m.

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Ashli O’Connell will speak to us about authors marketing their work and building a fan base via social media on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Guests are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free.

Ashli is the Web Content Developer and Editor at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

She produces and edits content for Evangel’s website, enrollment marketing materials, and the Evangel Undergrad Facebook and Twitter. She alaso manages the Student Digital Marketing Team

Her career has also included writing and editorial positions for The Springfield News-Leader, “Today’s Pentecostal Evangel” magazine and AG Chi Alpha ministries.

Ashli earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and is about to complete a master’s degree in communication.

See Ashli’s work online:
http://www.evangel.edu/
https://www.facebook.com/evangel.undergrad
https://twitter.com/EUndergrad

ABOUT ASHLI O’CONNELL:

http://web.evangel.edu/Directory/bios/index.asp?username=OConnellA

http://www.Twitter.com/ashlio

 

Join Us Saturday, May 3, 2014 As Novelist Ellen Harger Presents: “Three Secrets for Tight Dialogue.”

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You are invited to attend our fiction writers’ group on Saturday, May 3, 2014, as novelist Ellen Harger Presents: “Three Secrets for Tight Dialogue.”

We’ll be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield, MO. * Critique Group from 10:00 – 11:55 a.m. * Lunch next door at Panera from noon – 1:00 p.m. * Meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.

ABOUT ELLEN HARGER: Our very own Ellen Harger Pollreisz (writing as Ellen Harger) says: I write women’s fiction heavy with sass and snark – my two favorite adjectives. I’m a new stepmom, too, so I have an almost endless supply of writing fodder. I’m also a dog lover. In. Every. Sense. Of. The. Word. Oh, and Southwest Missouri is fabulous. In 2013 I became a published author, wife, and new step-mom. I’ve been a dog lover since birth. For five years I lived in Bean Town, but ever willing to try new places, I eagerly crossed the country to live in Oakland and Berkeley. There I polished and noodled my first novel, and started a few more manuscripts with the help of NaNoWriMo. The bug developed into a full-fledged condition. After eleven years away, and loving the symmetry, I returned to the Midwest to finalize “Strong Enough,” set in a town based on Springfield. I’ve published a poem, “Guidelines,” released my debut novel as an e-book, and written a second Women’s Fiction novel, “The Anonymous Blog of Mrs. Jones.” The pipeline is backed up with short stories and novels waiting their turn. Time to open up the valve.

FIND ELLEN ONLINE HERE:

Website http://www.EllenHarger.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEllenHarger

Twitter @ellenharger

GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979258.Ellen_Harger

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Ellen-Harger/e/B00BOUQG26/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Join us Saturday, April 5, 2014 for Mary Muse Wilson

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, as Mary Muse Wilson presents “Discover Your Inner Muse-Powered Super Hero.”

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ABOUT MARY:

During the course of my decade plus career as a published author, I’ve worked with some of the best, and largest, digital-first publishers in the industry. I wrote ebooks back when you had to explain exactly what an ebook was. My first book came out in December 2002, and I haven’t looked back.

I’ve published over 50 books in the romance genre under four pen names, worked with 9 publishers (Seven of whom are still in business, which is no small feat these days!), started self-publishing, and shared my knowledge of publishing with countless writers just like you.

There is no greater time to be in the publishing industry than right now. Writers have more options and more career paths than ever before. They also face more overwhelm, more uncertainty, and more changes than ever before, too. Let me share my knowledge with you, helping you to create your perfect path to publishing.

By introducing you to your inner muse-powered super hero (he or she was there all along!), together, you and your muse can craft a career as inspired as the stories you write.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

Not everyone wants to write a book, and of those who want to write one, it takes a special kind of nerve, dedication, and persistence to finish a book, and then a writer has to start on the path of publication.

Along the way well-meaning friends and family, the industry, even other authors can make a writer doubt his or her craft. However, as a writer, you have a secret ally on the road to making your writing career dreams come true–your muse.

Meet your inner muse-powered super hero and discover just how powerful your muse can be, and just how awesome your writing career can become!

VISIT MARY ONLINE:

WEBSITE: http://www.musecharmer.com/
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/musecharmer

YA Author Cecily White Saturday, February 1

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m

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Author Cecily white

Fiction writers and aspiring fiction writers are invited to join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014, as author Cecily White presents “Developing Conflict and Finding Your Voice.”

Cecily is the author of “Prophecy Girl,” part of the Angel Academy series. You can find “Prophecy Girl” in book stores and at Amazon here:

Visit Cecily online:
WEBSITE: http://www.CecilyWhite.com/
TWITTER: @CecilyWhite
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6151198.Cecily_White

You may also know her as the tireless warrior who has led the ORAcon planning committee for the last 3 years, resulting in our annual conference being a big hit each year and attracting fabulous speakers and attendees from all over the USA.

ABOUT CECILY:

Cecily White, Psy.D., makes a habit of avoiding boredom whenever possible. She has enjoyed careers as a hand model, GAP salesgirl, movie projectionist, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, university professor, artist, dance choreographer, eating disorders specialist, psych diagnostician, book reviewer and copy editor. None of which are as much fun as writing novels.

She currently lives in Springfield, MO with two FABULOUS kids and a schizophrenic yet well-mannered cat. She can swear in Klingon, take down an alien aggressor using only her mind (or a pair of chopsticks), and kill giant spiders without getting schmutz on her shirt.

When not singing to herself, she spends time creating new worlds and thinking up ways to make this one better…

Q&A with Published Author Panel

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Q&A with Published Author Panel: Ask Us Anything!

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013, for an informal afternoon with a panel made up of several of our group’s published authors. Ask them anything!We all have questions about the writing process, how to get published, how to find an agent, why a writer might choose traditional/epublishing/print-on-demand, where to find cover artists for your ebooks, how to conduct a blog book tour, topics for your own blog, marketing, what it means to be within a certain sub-genre, whether contests/conferences help you get published…Jot down your questions between now and then, and we’ll ask them anything and everything.

OUR PANELISTS:

ALLISON MERRITT (Becky Cummings) — Author of “The Treasure Hunter’s Lady,” “The Sky Pirate’s Wife,” The Turncoat’s Temptress,” all part of the Legends & Lovers series; and the short ebooks “Return” and “One Day in D.C.” (Romance / Steam Punk / Epublishing / Kindle / Series / Blog Book Tours / Blogging / Online Critique Groups / Contests) http://havenovelwilledit.blogspot.com/

BETH CARTER — Six-word memoirist and author of the children’s books “Who Do You Want to Be?” and “The Missing Key” (Romance / Mystery / Children’s / Marketing / Blogging / Contests) http://www.banterwithbeth.blogspot.com/

CECILY WHITE — Author of the soon-to-be-released “Angel Academy” series. (Young Adult / Paranormal / Series / Critique Groups / Contests / Conferences / Agents) http://www.cecilywhite.com/

CINDY DAGNAN — Author of “Hot Chocolate for Couples: Practical Ways to Sweeten Your Love Life,” “Scribbles – Sketches for Stressed-Out Moms,” “The Lights of Home – Scenes of Home & Heaven,” “The Chocolate Side of Life,” and “Who Got Peanut Butter on My Daily Planner? Organizing and Loving Your Days as a Mom.” (Creative Nonfiction / Blogging / Public Speaking) http://cindydagnan.com/

KAYE CALKINS — Author of “Deverell’s Dilemma” (Historical Romance / Traditional Publishing / Agents / Critique Groups) http://writewithkaye.blogspot.com/ and http://avalonbooks.com/catbloghr/1173-deverells-dilemma

LISA WELLS — Author of “Dibs.” (Contemporary Romance / Series) http://www.lisawellsauthor.com/

SARA KAY JORDAN — Author of “Snatching Genius,” “Love & Genius,” Prodigy,” and “I’m Ready,” all part of the Moore Family series. (Romance / Series / Kindle) http://www.sarakayjordan.com/

SHIRLEY McCANN — Author of MANY short mysteries and the book, “The Necklace.” Founder of Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, a regional, non-profit group for writers. (Myster / Romance / Epublishing) http://shirleymccann.blogspot.com/

T. SUE VER STEEG (Toni Nichols) — Author of “Secrets of the Sapphires,” “Another Time, Another Place,” “Click!” and “One Wild Weekend.” (Romance / Paranormal / Time Travel / Epublishing) http://www.tsueversteeg.com/

Jeff Houghton

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Actor/Comedian/Writer Jeff Houghton

Jeff HoughtonActor/Comedian/Writer Jeff Houghton is scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, in the Frisco Room at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Houghton will share his experiences in taking a leap of faith to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and the unexpected turns that led to creating the popular local show, “The Mystery Hour.”

ABOUT JEFF HOUGHTON:

Jeff Houghton is a dynamic actor, writer, comedian, and host, based in Springfield, MO. Jeff was raised in Iowa City, IA. Soon after college, Jeff moved to New York City to work for the Late Show with David Letterman appearing in numerous sketches for the show. After that, Jeff began performing for Young Life camps. From there, Jeff moved to Springfield, Missouri chasing love, only to catch her and join the award winning Skinny Improv Mainstage Cast. Performing twice every weekend at the Skinny Improv Comedy Theatre, along with countless traveling shows across the country for seven years, Jeff is no stranger to the improv stage. In 2011, Jeff moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. After an amazing experience working in TV, film, and comedy, Jeff has now moved back to Springfield.

In 2006, Jeff began The Mystery Hour, a late night talk show performed live in the Skinny Improv Comedy Theatre that would last over five years. Acknowledging the work Jeff put in writing and hosting the sold out show, 417 Magazine named Jeff “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009. In 2010, he was named 40 under 40 for Springfield Business Journal.

Jeff has been in numerous commercials and films. He was three times nominated for Best Male Actor for the SATO-48 Film Challenge., and was named an Actor of the Year for 2011 in TAG Magazine.

Jeff is also a freelance writer, writing for Fair City News, a satirical newspaper, and for international aid organization, Convoy of Hope, as well as a monthly featured article in 417 Magazine. He also has a daily blog on his acting experiences.

Jeff has performed stand up across the country, and was selected as Bright New Faces Comedian in Washington D.C. Recently, he has performed at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Visit Jeff online at: http://www.JeffHoughton.net/

On Twitter: @themysteryhour

On Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/TheMysteryHour

Getting Serious About Writing a Series

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Author Lisa Wells to present “Getting Serious About Writing a Series: An Introduction”

Our very own Lisa Wells is presenting an introduction to her popular online course, Getting Serious About Writing a Series.

Learn the “musts” of writing a series.

Lisa Wells is a 22-year veteran educator. For the past 16 years, she has enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called: The School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies. Add the theme song to “Jaws,” and you have the feel for this fun ride.

Author of “Dibs,” a sexy romance nominated as Debut Book That Rocks and Best Book of The Year, Lisa believes writers should never quit studying their craft. When she decided to write a series and couldn’t find affordable material that taught the nuances of writing series vs. stand alone books, she designed her own how-to class. Self-appointed number one fan of Margie Lawson, she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to unveil her class at Lawson Writer’s Academy.

Twitter @lisawells1

http://www.lisawellsauthor.com/

More information about the online course is available here: http://www.margielawson.com/lawson-writers-academy-courses/detail/2-writing/68-january-getting-serious-about-writing-a-series

We are scheduled to be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station this month. This is one of the meeting rooms along the front of the building, facing the big glass windows. (NOTE: If you peek into the Frisco Room and nobody looks familiar, it means we got bumped at the last minute and you’ll need to check Facebook and/or ask a library employee to see where they have moved us.)

ABOUT OZARKS ROMANCE AUTHORS:

Ozarks Romance Authors was founded in 1987. The regional writers’ group holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month (usually at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri.

Originally a group for writers of romance fiction, we are now considered a multi-genre group, with members writing all types of fiction and nonfiction.

Join us for critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at Panera at noon, and a speaker at 1:00 p.m.

We are a registered nonprofit in the state of Missouri, and we are a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Visitors are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free. Annual dues are $25.

If you have questions about the group, please email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com, or call (417) 597-4716.

For a complete list of guest speakers and topics, visit https://www.facebook.com/OzarksRomanceAuthors/events

February 2, 2013 Monthly Meeting Speaker Tish Beaty, Editor of “Fifty Shades of Grey

Tish Beaty is making a name for herself not only as an author, but as an editor of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

She is represented by Louise Fury, who spoke at Ozarks Romance Authors’ 2011 conference. She is a contributor to the book “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Join us at The Library Station (2535 North Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri, to hear about the phenomenon of “Fifty Shades of Grey” from someone who was there when it all began.

What can we learn from the success of this book that began as fan fiction and grew to become a best-seller? Visit Tish online at: http://www.TishBeaty.com/ https://www.facebook.com/beaty.graham.infopage?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ozarks Romance Authors was founded in 1987. The regional writers’ group holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month (usually at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri. Originally a group for writers of romance fiction, we are now considered a multi-genre group, with members writing all types of fiction and nonfiction. Join us for critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at Panera at noon, and a speaker at 1:00 p.m. We are a registered nonprofit in the state of Missouri, and we are a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Visitors are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free. Annual dues are $25. If you have questions about the group, please email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com, or call (417) 597-4716.

ORACON 2013 – Save The Date

Save The Date

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ozarks Romance Authors Annual Conference

Springfield, MO

Workshops – Pitch Sessions – Speakers - Headshots - Networking - Fun

We’re putting together a fantastic lineup of speakers. Stay tuned for more details!