February Meeting

Monthly Meeting – Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Heather Snow and Holly Atkinson will present Critique Mystique

 Holly Atkinson2Holly Atkinson was fortunate to receive her first taste in editing when she was thirteen and wrote copy for a local realtor show. In 2008, Holly graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in English, emphasizing in Creative Writing. Her first real job in the literary world came in the role of line editor for Lyrical Press. In 2011, she was recruited by Mundania Press as a content editor, where she met one of her future Samhain coworkers. In 2012, Holly joined the amazing team at Samhain Publishing.

Holly lives in Missouri with her husband, loves travel, musicals, and goes a little nutty around the holidays. In her spare time, she writes erotic romances and serves as a copywriter for a local marketing firm.

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.

2016 Mega Critique Group and Write-In

It’s Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 North Sherman Parkway, Springfield, MO.

Sponsored by Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers and Ozarks Romance Authors

Instead of our regular monthly meeting, we are holding this special event for the fifth year in a row!

Spend your Saturday with members of two area non-profit writers’ groups to get your writing year off to a great start.

You may choose to spend this day in:
A.) The Mega Critique Group
B.) The Write-In
C.) Spend some time in each

Critique Group involves bringing about 5 pages of your writing, double-spaced, to share with the group in an informal, helpful setting. Bring at least a dozen copies. We’ll let you know if you need more copies after people have registered. Get feedback and offer feedback. It’s a great way to learn, even if your work is not the piece being critiqued.

For the Write-In, plan on bringing your laptop and setting up at one of the tables that will be provided. Concentrate on your work in progress. It’s great to feed off the energy of a room full of writers!

You DO NOT need to be a member of either writers’ group to attend. Writers of all genres are welcome.

REGISTER HERE!

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, February 7, 2015 Ben Reeder will share “Navigating the Amazon: Finding Success on the Digital River”

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, February 7, 2015 Ben Reeder will share “Navigating the Amazon: Finding Success on the Digital River”

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The world of publishing has changed radically in the past few years. What was once the realm of the Big Six has now become a wide open frontier. Authors have become the new pioneers in the world of self-publishing, making themselves a power to be reckoned with. But like any newly discovered part of the world, there are pitfalls and dangers along with the potential rewards. Self-published author Ben Reeder will be sharing his experiences in this new frontier, talking about what worked for him, what didn’t and what to avoid in publishing. Topics covered include gaining visibility for your work, the role of author as publisher and protecting yourself from scams.
Bio:
Ben Reeder has self-published four novels in the zombie and paranormal genres, two of which have made the top 100 in three genres. A naturalized Missourian, he has called Springfield home for 25 years. Any resemblance to Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise is entirely unintended, and he vehemently denies being a superhero.
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.

Mega Critique and Write-In–Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mega Critique and Write-In–Saturday, January 3, 2015

Instead of our monthly meeting, ORA and Sleuths’ Ink will be co-hosting our 4th annual Mega Critique and Write-In! You DO NOT need to be a member of either writers’ group to attend. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Check out the 2015 Write-in Flyer then click here for more information and to register.

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 1, 2014 Lori Copeland will share “I Meant To Tell You That”

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 1, 2014 Lori Copeland will share “I Meant To Tell You That”

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We are delighted to present novelist Lori Copeland!

Lori will share “I Meant To Tell You That” with Ozarks Romance Authors, a group that she helped launch in 1987. Her interactive presentation will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.
Lori is the author of more than 100 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.

Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995, after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market.

We’ll be 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.

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 Ellen and Jeremy Pollreisz of PixelTwister Studio to Speak on The Basic Do’s and Don’ts of Book Trailers

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 Ellen and Jeremy Pollreisz of PixelTwister Studio to Speak on The Basic Do’s and Don’ts of Book Trailers

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Ellen and Jeremy Pollreisz of PixelTwister Studio will discuss the essential principles behind what makes a good book trailer. It will be a lively presentation with videos and lots of energy. “Ask us questions and at the end of the program we’ll announce an exciting opportunity.”

We’re a team made up of author and trained character animator. Together, word motion is our passion making book trailers a natural fit.

Jeremy Pollreisz is the Creative Director, specializing in videos that use dynamic typography. His creative energy is like Old Faithful on constant burst. He needs to share.

Ellen Pollreisz is an author whose mission is to help readers challenge the absolutes they carry around. She’s also obsessed with the process. “Screw results. Show me how you got there.” Which makes her the perfect partner in creating book trailers. Think details.

We believe everyone has a story to tell. What’s popular changes, but personal truth and passion is always en vogue.

We make stories come alive.

We’ll be 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.

 

Join us for Authors at Art Walk–Friday, August 1, 2014

Authors at Art Walk–Friday, August 1, 2014

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Join authors  Ellen HargerWanda FittroAllison MerrittBeth Carter August 1 at Arts and Letters Gallery at 214 S. Campbell Ave Springfield, MO during First Friday Art Walk! Meet the authors and have your books signed!

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