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 from 9:30-noon. The special holiday meeting is held the 1st Saturday of December with a breakfast beginning at 8:30. Meetings are held at the Richardson Civic Center 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX.

To join DARA, you must be at least 18 years old and a member in good standing of RWA. Use the Join DARA link.

We welcome visitors to our meetings. Visitors 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.

LAPSED MEMBERS: If you did not renew before your membership expired, you will need to rejoin using the link on the right for Renew Membership/Rejoin.


Upcoming Meeting

Date: February 27, 2016
Time: Workshop: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm

Location: Richardson Civic Center 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX
Topic: Bleeding on the Page: Writing Emotion Presented by Laura Drake

One of the most important tools in a Writer’s toolbox is the ability express true emotion on the page. Emotion is the glue that binds a reader to your characters and to you, as an author. Laura Drake will explain the tools you’ll need to achieve and refine this skill, including pacing, visceral responses, and expanding and contracting time. She’ll illustrate their use by breaking down examples from Best Selling author’s novels. Whether you’re new at this, or skilled, we hope you’ll join us. Romance writers can’t afford to let their tools get rusty!

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