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, 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

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!

Hometown of Ozarks Romance Authors Voted 3rd-Most Romantic City in USA by Amazon.com

Springfield, Missouri — where Ozarks Romance Authors is based — was just ranked by Amazon.com as the third-most romantic city in the USA!

Jill Slack, 2010-2012 President of Ozarks Romance Authors, a nonprofit Missouri writers' group

Jill Slack, 2010-2012 President of Ozarks Romance Authors


Our local newspaper, the Springfield News-Leader, called to interview ORA President Jill Slack to see what we think of this honor. Jill is quoted in a story on the front page of the Saturday, February 11, 2012 edition.

We saved a screenshot of the story to share with you.

Click here to open the PDF and read: SNL ORA quote 3rd Most Romantic City 2-11-2012

What did Jill have to say?

Jill Slack, president of Ozarks Romance Authors, said she thinks the rating isn’t necessarily because Springfield is a romantic place all on its own.

“I think it’s more that it’s the people,” Slack said. “It’s more of a traditional area.”

Slack also said there are quite a few writers in the Ozarks, which might be why romance book sales are higher — purchased for inspiration.

“When you’re a writer, you’re also a voracious reader,” Slack said.

Here is a link to a press release from Amazon.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110208005991/en/Amazon.com-Announces-Top-20-Romantic-Cities-America

Excerpt from the original press release:

SEATTLE–Love is in the air. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in America. After compiling sales data of romance novels and relationship books (Kindle Books and print books), romantic comedy movies (digital movies and DVDs), Barry White albums (CDs and MP3s), along with sexual wellness products, since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with over 100,000 residents, the Top 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. are:

Amazon.com’s Top 20 romantic cities
1. Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Alexandria, Va.
3. Springfield, Mo.
4. Orlando, Fla.
5. Cincinnati, Ohio
6. Vancouver, Wash.
7. Miami, Fla.
8. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
9. Dayton, Ohio
10. Columbia, S.C.
11. Pittsburgh, Penn.
12. Clearwater, Fla.
13. St. Louis
14. Erie, Pa.
15. Clarksville, Tenn.
16. Everett, Wash.
17. Gainesville, Fla.
18. Las Vegas, Nev.
19. Rochester, N.Y.
20. Tallahassee, Fla.

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

2011 Missouri Writers’ Conference Listed in The Shaw Guides

Ozarks Romance Authors' 2011 Conference is listed on the Shaw Guides web site.

Click on the image to see Ozarks Romance Authors' 2011 Conference listed on the Shaw Guides web site.


Our 2011 writers’ conference is listed in The Shaw Guides: The Guide to Writers Conferences & Workshops.

Ozarks Romance Authors

Website: http://www.ozarks-romance-authors.com
Year Established: 1987
Program Description: Fiction writers conference that includes lectures, panel & group discussions, pitch sessions, Q&A.
Number of Programs/Year: 1
Program Length: 1 day
Group Size or S:T Ratio: ~75
Program Focus: Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Faculty 2011: Literary agent Louise Fury; editor Lia Brown (Avalon Books); novelists Leigh Michaels, Shannon Vannatter, Shannon Butcher, Eliza Lloyd.
Costs: $65 (early bird $60).
U.S. Locations: Springfield, Missouri

Months: July
Contact: Jill Slack, President
Ozarks Romance Authors
Springfield, MO 65802
United States
Phone: 417-597-4716
E-Mail: ozarksromanceauthors@gmail.com

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Did you see us in the Joplin Independent July 8, 2011?

Ozarks Romance Authors' annual conference mentioned in the Joplin Independent July 8, 2011


The Joplin Independent, an online newspaper based in Joplin, Missouri, ran our press release about our annual writers’ conference coming up July 23, 2011.

Joplin is our neighbor, approximately an hour west of down Missouri I-44. You’ve probably heard about Joplin a lot in the national news lately, since an EF-5 tornado ripped through the town on May 22, 2011. As of today, the death toll stands at 159.

Joplin is beginning to rebuild, but still needs long-term assistance. If you would like to donate to Convoy of Hope, please click HERE to go to the organization’s web site.

HERE is a link to the story.

The text of our press release is as follows:

Conference for fiction writers is scheduled
Updated: 2011-07-08 10:12:38
SPRINGFIELD – A conference for all who write fiction sponsored by Ozarks Romance Authors is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jul. 23, 2011. The annual event will feature agent and editor pitch sessions, workshops, panel discussions, break-out sessions, and networking. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center, 3333 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield. A book signing will kick off the event from 4-6 p.m. on July 22 at Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone Ave.

Attendees may pre-schedule one-on-one meetings to pitch their completed manuscripts with Louise Fury, literary agent with the L. Perkins Agency, or Lia Brown, editor with Avalon Books. Also scheduled to conduct workshops will be novelists Leigh Michaels, Shannon Vannatter, Eliza Lloyd, and Shannon Butcher. Their topics will include revision and self-editing, plotting, pacing, backstory, transitions, dialogue, character development and a review of the publishing industry. Winners of the annual Weta Nichols Fiction Contest, named in honor of the group’s late founder, will be announced to conclude the day.

Tickets are $65, payable online via secure server here or via check at the door.A discount on sleeping rooms at The Clarion is available.

Ozarks Romance Authors is multi-genre non-profit group founded in 1987 in the southwest Missouri region. Monthly speakers help writers of all genres hone their skills and explore writing opportunities. Regular meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at The Library Station in Springfield. Visitors are welcome. More information is available by calling (417) 597-4716.

Clarion car stereo speakers = Clarion Hotel Conference Center?

Clarion car speaker blog links to Missouri writers' conference at The Clarion Hotel in Springfield, Missouri.


This is kind of funny!

It looks like someone has a blog set up to pull its content automatically from other sources on the web. The blog is about car stereo equipment. It picked up on the fact that our July 23 writers’ conference will be held at The Clarion in Springfield, Missouri, and posted information about us.

Clarion Hotel = Clarion stereo speakers?

Apparently they found us through the news story on the Joplin, Missouri-based web site JoplinIndependent.com, so this stereo speaker site linked to that article.

If you’re looking for Clarion speakers for your car stereo, we can’t help you. However, if you are an aspiring author, we would love to meet you and see how our members, our critique group, and our monthly meetings with fabulous speakers can help you work toward your publishing dreams.

For information about our annual Missouri writers’ conference scheduled for July 23, 2011, in Springfield, click HERE.

If you’d like to find out about our monthly critique group and meeting, click HERE.

Clarion car stereo blog links to Ozarks Romance Authors conference being held at The Clarion in Springfield, Missouri.

Clarion car stereo blog links to Ozarks Romance Authors conference being held at The Clarion in Springfield, Missouri.


Clarion car speaker blog links to Ozarks Romance Authors' Missouri writers' conference at The Clarion Hotel.

Clarion car speaker blog links to Ozarks Romance Authors' Missouri writers' conference at The Clarion Hotel.

Barnes & Noble, Brangelina, Game Stop, and Ozarks Romance Authors — Oh, my!

Hi, future attendees of Ozarks Romance Authors’ annual conference, which will be held in Springfield, Missouri, on July 23, 2011. (Sorry! I got the year wrong in the video.)

I wanted to show you something interesting. We’re going to have a little quiz later.

Click to watch the short video at the top of this page and you will drive around with me (Jill, 2010-2011 president of Ozarks Romance Authors) in a parking lot on the southwest corner of East Battlefield and South Glenstone in Springfield, Missouri.

You’ll see several buildings in the same, large parking lot.

There is a small building with a Game Stop store in the north end and an AT&T Wireless store in the south side. Behind this Game Stop building is the only Barnes & Noble store in Springfield.

Here is the quiz: What could the Game Stop building possibly have in common with this Barnes & Noble, which is where we’re going to have the booksigning for our speakers the evening before our annual fiction writers’ conference?

The booksigning will be here at Barnes & Noble, within walking distance of The Clarion Hotel, which is where our conference is taking place. The booksigning will be Friday, July 22, which is the night before our conference, from 4:00 – 6:00, here in this large, lovely Barnes & Noble store.

Are you curious about what this Barnes & Noble might have in common with the little Game Stop building?

I’ll give you two hints. The clues about what they have in common are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Yes, Brangelina.

Does that make you even more curious?

By the way, be sure to plan on attending our:

* Booksigning Friday, July 22, here at Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone

* Annual Writers’ Conference just down the road at The Clarion Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone

in Springfield, Missouri.

Now, if you are curious about what this Barnes & Noble store (where our booksigning will take place) has in common with the Game Stop building, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie, here are the details!

Ready?

1. GAME STOP BUILDING — BRAD

Colonel Day’s Levi’s Emporium, which is where Brad Pitt worked as a sales clerk between the time that he graduated from Springfield’s Kickapoo High School and went to seek his fame and fortune in Hollywood, used to be the only tenant in the Game Stop/AT&T building.

At that time, Brad looked like this:

Brad Pitt, Kickapoo High School, Springfield, Missouri

Brad Pitt, Kickapoo High School, Springfield, Missouri

I couldn’t find any photos of the old Colonel Day’s store, but the building has not changed much. Currently, the building looks like this:

Former site of Colonel Day's Levi's Emporium, where Brad Pitt worked as a teenager in Springfield, Missouri.

Former site of Colonel Day's Levi's Emporium, where Brad Pitt worked as a teenager in Springfield, Missouri.

Back then, it had an odd stucco finish with deep grooves to match the exterior of the Venture store on the west side of the parking lot. These were the only two buildings on the parking lot at that time, but the lot now also has Barnes & Noble, Office Depot, and Olive Garden.

Springfield's Venture store in the 1970s. Currently K-Mart.

Springfield's Venture store in the 1970s. Currently K-Mart. Exterior of building matched Colonel Day's Levi's Emporium, where Brad Pitt worked.

The Venture store has been gone for many years and is now a K-Mart store.

This is the K-Mart Brad and some of the kids reportedly shopped at during their December 2010 trip to Springfield.

2. GAME STOP BUILDING — ANGELINA

Take a closer look at the windows in the Game Stop building. Who do you see there, along with Super Mario?

Posters in Game Stop window, the former site of Colonel Day's.

Posters in Game Stop window, the former site of Colonel Day's.

Yup, that’s an image of Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, long before she and Brad became Brangelina. The Game Stop building has several large images of Angelina hanging in its windows.

Gee, I wonder if that was the topic of conversation on the Jolie-Pitt private jet. “Darling, did you see the large posters of me in the windows where you used to work? Shall I have the longitude and latitude added to the tattoo on my bicep?”

3. BARNES & NOBLE / STARBUCKS

This is the Barnes & Noble store that became famous in December 2010 when, while in town to visit Brad’s family, Angelina stopped at the Starbucks inside of the bookstore and bought coffee. News of the sighting of Angelina, Zahara, and Shiloh made its way onto the Internet, including:

People magazine

Perez Hilton

Our local NBC affiliate, KY3

JustJared.com

Angelina Jolie, Zahara, Shiloh at Starbucks inside Springfield, Missouri Barnes & Noble in December 2010

Angelina Jolie, Zahara, Shiloh at Starbucks inside Springfield, Missouri Barnes & Noble in December 2010

PopSugar.com

RadarOnline.com

It was also during this visit that Brad and Angelina posed for photos at St. John’s Hospital (where I was born) to dedicate the new Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, named in honor of Brad’s mom, Jane Pitt. To see the story in People magazine, click HERE.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie dedicate Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, December 2010

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie dedicate Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, December 2010

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There you have it! Thanks for playing, and we’ll see you at our fiction writers’ conference in Springfield, Missouri, on July 23! Click HERE for more details about the great speakers and topics we have scheduled for the day.

P.S. Stop by Barnes & Noble in Springfield to have coffee, just like Angelina! Enjoy it, along with some conversation, during our booksigning on July 22. We can’t promise you’ll see Brangelina but, based on last year’s event, we think you’ll have a lot of fun.

Our conference is mentioned in today’s e-newsletter from Springfield Regional Arts Council

Springfield Regional Arts Council, a Springfield, Missouri non-profit group
Did you see us in today’s ezine from Springfield Regional Arts Council?

They usually send their e-newsletter each Monday, but since their office was closed Monday for the 4th of July holiday, the newsletter was sent today (Tuesday) instead.

SRAC mentioned Ozarks Romance Authors’ Annual Conference coming up July 23, along with a link to our page on our their site. Click HERE to see our conference page on Springfield Regional Arts Council’s web site.

Why did SRAC do this? Because we are a member of this fine organization that promotes the arts in southwest Missouri.

What did Springfield Regional Arts Council say about us?

Ozarks Romance Authors will host their annual conference all day July 23 at The Clarion.

This is conference for all fiction writers (not just in romance, this authors’ group is multi-genre).

Registration is required.

Guest speakers will include award-winning authors, a literary agent from New York City, and an editor from Avalon Books.

July 22 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble is hosting the conference kick-off with appearances from conference speaker and authors, and a booksigning event.

For more info – http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/2011-annual-conference/
Next Event (daily):
Friday, July 22, 2011 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

If you would like to receive Springfield Regional Arts Council’s weekly ezine, click HERE and enter your email address.

Thinking of coming to our writers’ conference on July 23, 2010? There is still time to register. Pay in advance using the link at the bottom of THIS page. You can even pay at the door that morning.

We’ll have best-selling authors who are scheduled to travel to Springfield and make this one of the best writers’ conferences in the state of Missouri. They have prepared fabulous presentations, workshops, and panels with information relevant to all writers of fiction (not just those writing for the romance genre).

We’ll also have Louise Fury, literary agent with The L. Perkins Agency, and Lia Brown, editor with Avalon Books.

Hope to see you at The Clarion Hotel Conference Center on Saturday, July 23, 2010!

Springfield Regional Arts Council ezine

July 5, 2011, issue of Springfield Regional Arts Council's ezine