About Our Chapter

About Dallas Area Romance Authors
Established in 1987, DARA - Chapter 56 of Romance Writers of America® - is a non-profit, voluntary association of writers dedicated to raising and maintaining quality in the romance genre and its sub-genres. DARA works to accomplish this through advocating high professional standards and through the dissemination of information on writing and the publishing industry.

DARA meets the 4th Saturday of every month January through October. The special holiday meeting is held the 1st Saturday of December.

Visitors are welcome, must be at least 18 years old, and may attend up to two meetings before joining DARA. A $10 visitor fee is payable at the door. To join DARA, you must be a member in good standing of RWA. Use the Join DARA link.

LAPSED MEMBERS: Rejoin DARA using the link on the right for Renew Membership/Rejoin.


Upcoming Meeting

Upcoming Meeting

Date: April 28, 2018
Time: Workshop: 9:30 a.m. 
Location: Collin College Courtyard Campus
Room 214
4800 Preston Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093
Topic: Series that Sell with Cheryl Etchison - Time and time again, research has proven the voracity of romance readers. Hook them with one book and they'll be back for another, and another, and so on. Buzz around new releases that are part of a series often garner the attention of new readers, ultimately sparking a boost in backlist sales since many prefer to start from the beginning. But while writing a series might be the right marketing strategy for your story, there is major pitfall to consider-- repetition. No one wants a reader to put down a book because the characters sound just the same or the conflict is identical to another book in the same series.

In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss the various types of series and create a framework using tropes, themes, and worldbuilding that appeals to the most detailed of plotters, but still allows pantsers a significant amount of freedom. . 

Questions? Contact dallasarearomanceauthors@gmail.com

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For more information on our chapter, please contact Heather Long at heathervlong@gmail.com.