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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.

    LAPSED MEMBERS: If you did not renew before your membership expired, you will need to rejoin DARA as a new member. Please use the link on the right for lapsed members and use the join option rather than the renew option.

    Upcoming Meeting

    Date: February 28, 2015
    Time: 8:45 am - Romance 101 (No Romance 101 in February)
    9:30 am - Business Meeting and Program
    *Special extended workshop until 3:00 pm this month*
    Location: Richardson Civic Center US-75 (North Central Expressway) and Arapaho Road in Richardson, TX (map).
    Topic: Special Extended Workshop: The Author/Editor Relationship

    Presented By: Kathleen Scheibling

    Want to know what editors look for in a manuscript? Curious about how to make your manuscript stand out? Or would you like to understand how an editor can help grow and guide an author’s career? Then join us on Saturday, February 28th at 9:30 a.m. to welcome Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor Harlequin American Romance, Harlequin Blaze. Kathleen will give you an inside look at the author/editor relationship, and she’ll discuss what you can expect from writing for Harlequin. Learn all about the series lines and what differentiates them, and understand what Harelquin, as a publisher, offers its authors. Session attendees will also be invited to participate in a special Submission Blitz. Submit your manuscript within 30 days of the meeting and receive feedback from an editor within 60 days.

    Romance 101: No Romance 101 this month.

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