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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.

    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 $5 visitor fee is payable at the door.

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    Upcoming Meeting

    Date: December 6, 2014
    Time: 8:45 am - Romance 101 (No Romance 101 in September)
    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: DARA Holiday Breakfast Presentation: Get Out of Your Own Way
    Ever find yourself unaccountably avoiding the cozy writing nook you once loved or using your computer for everything but writing? In "Get Out of Your Own Way: Tips on Stopping Self-Sabotage and Unlocking Your Potential," RITA-nominated author Colleen Thompson shares strategies for overcoming procrastination, perfectionism, self-criticism, and other monsters under the keyboard that can strike at any stage of a writer's journey.

    Presented By: Colleen Thompson

    Romance 101: No Romance 101 in December but stay tuned for future topics!

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