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    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.

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    Upcoming Meeting

    Date: August 23, 2014
    Time: 8:45 am - Romance 101
    9:30 am - Business Meeting and Program
    Location: The Holiday Inn Select US-75 (North Central Expressway) and Campbell Road in Richardson, TX (map).
    Topic: Genre Jumpting: Moving from Romance into the YA Market:
    With the Young Adult market still expanding, many romance authors are considering making a move into the world of YA. And why not? Adult romances have a lot in common with YA romances . . . but they also have a lot of differences, too. Learning those differences can help you take a big wonderful leap into the world of young adult fiction. C.C. Hunter, AKA, Christie Craig, will talk about how she made the sudden and successful leap into the YA market with her popular Shadow Falls series through St. Martin's/Griffin, and she’ll touch on the topics of sexual tension in YA, the importance of a family relationship, and finding the right voice.

    Presented By: Christie Craig

    Romance 101 with Jillian Burns
    They call her The Blurb Queen!
    Want to write a killer back cover blurb? Other than a cover, it’s probably the main thing that compels a reader to buy your book. Bring your WIP or newest finished work and we’ll write it together. Jillian has written blurbs for all her critique partners and she has a handout that will make you the envy of all your writer friends.

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