Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, September 6, 2014


Editor Holly Atkinson will give us insight and tips on pitching to editors and agents at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Holly is an editor at Samhain Publishing and a copywriter at ADsmith Marketing and Advertising. 

Since she can remember, Holly Atkinson’s professional ambition has revolved around fiction editing. She 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, specializing in Creative Writing. Her first real job in the literary world came in the role of line editor for Lyrical Press. In 2011, she joined Mundania Press as a content editor and finally landed her dream job at Samhain Publishing in 2012.

Holly describes herself as the quintessential book nerd. In her spare time, she writes erotic romance under a penname, though she hopes to produce more mainstream works in the future so the more conservative members of her family can read her work. She lives in Missouri with her husband, loves to travel, and goes a little crazy around the holidays. Her largest writing influences include Pamela Smith Hill, Aaron Sorkin, JK Rowling, Stephen King, and Joss Whedon.



We’ll be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway n Springfield, MO.


Authors at Art Walk–Friday, August 1, 2014

Authors at Art Walk Aug 2014

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 our books signed. Stop by from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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.


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.



ORACON: Ozarks Romance Authors Conference–Saturday, September 20, 2014


We are finalizing plans for our annual fiction writers conference, scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014, at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri!

You’ll be the first to know as we line up speakers and topics, and links will be provided in 2014 to buy your ticket, schedule a pitch session with an editor or agent, select your author headshot session with a professional photographer, and more!

Stay tuned to the ORACON Conference link for more details HERE!

Are you wondering what the heck ORAcon is and why you might want to attend? Take a look at the photo album from previous events here:



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Book Signing - http://on.fb.me/1fkb6Je



Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 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.


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.

A complete list of Lori’s books is available here: http://static.squarespace.com/static/529a2ef4e4b0c313de2734b2/t/529ba5f4e4b0c971f8fa7ff3/1385932276096/completelistofbooks.pdf

Visit Lori online here:

November 7 Authors at Art Walk at the Park Central Branch Library with Lisa Medley, Elizabeth Obrey, Rosalie Stanton and T. Sue Versteeg.

Nov 7 2014 Authors at Art Walk

Stop by from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. to show support for these local authors. We will be at the Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square.

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