Romance Fiction Writers’ Conference June 23

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Whether just contemplating becoming an author or already published, area writers will learn vital industry information from the authors, editors, and agents traveling to Springfield for a regional writers’ organization’s annual conference.

ORA CON 2012, sponsored by the non-profit Ozarks Romance Authors, will take place 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 23, 2012, at the Howard Johnson Conference Center, 3333 S. Glenstone.

Participants have an opportunity that is rare in the Ozarks. They may pre-schedule one-on-one meetings to pitch their manuscripts to literary agents Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency, Cori Deyoe of Three Seas Literary Agency, or representatives from Goldminds Publishing.

A meet-the-authors and book signing event will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. June 22 at Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone.

Workshops, panel discussions, break-out sessions, and networking are also on the conference agenda, which is available at

Featured guests and speakers will be romance novelist and how-to-write author Leigh Michaels, young adult novelist Jennifer Brown, paranormal novelist Rob Thurman, and western novelist Steven Law.

Topics include publishing, self-publishing, publicity, the agent/author relationship, plotting, and query letters.

Winners of the annual Weta Nichols Fiction Contest, named in honor of the organization’s late founder, will be announced to conclude the day. Approximately 100 entries were received from around the world.

Tickets are available online or at the door the morning of the event. For more information, call (417) 597-4716.

Ozarks Romance Authors, founded in 1987, is a non-profit organization for writers in the southwest Missouri region, and a member of Springfield Regional Arts Council. Regular meetings are held the first Saturday of each month, featuring speakers to help writers hone their skills and explore writing opportunities.

Maeve Maddox writes about popular culture, English usage, and education. Her most recent books are WORD RAGE, a guide to peaceful coexistence as American English-speakers, and THE FABERGE FLUTE, a cozy mystery set in 1980s London.

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