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Established in 1987, now with over 170 members, 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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Join us Saturday, July 19th at 9:30 am for our next exciting workshop at the Holiday Inn Select; U.S. 75 and Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX. Visitors must be at least 18 years old, pay a $5 fee at the door, and may attend up to two meetings before joining DARA.

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Conference Etiquette
Julie Benson and Kathleen Baldwin

Presented by Julie Benson and Kathleen Baldwin

The RWA National Conference is back in Texas and for many of our members, this will be their first time to attend. Join us on Saturday, July 19th to discover from conference pros, Julie Benson and Kathleen Baldwin, how to prepare for the conference. Learn the ins and outs of fan girl etiquette, how to deal with social anxiety, and tricks for pitching to agents and editors. Plus, get tips on what to wear and what to pack, what to expect when you get there, and how to get the most out of your conference experience.

Julie Benson grew up in the Chicago area—yes, she admits to being a Cub fan—and in Iowa before moving to Texas after getting married. She started writing when her three sons were young in an attempt to challenge her mind and stay sane. In 2010 at the RWA Conference in Orlando she pitched a contemporary cowboy fish out of water story to a Senior Harlequin American editor. The following March, she sold her first book to that editor in a two book deal. Her fifth novel for Harlequin American, Cowboy In the Making, comes out in September. When she’s not writing, she makes likes to make jewelry, refinish furniture, remodel her house—she has her own wet saw--and read a good book. You can contact her through her website at

Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life. She roamed the Rockies, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a cougar, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. Together they’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children. She has written several award-winning Traditional Regency Romances including Mistaken Kiss, a Holt Medallion Finalist. Her fantasy YA, Diary Of A Teenage Fairy Godmother is a Golden Quill Finalist. Kathleen is currently writing an Alternate YA Historical Romance series for Tor/Forge, (Macmillan), Tor Teen line. A School for Unusual Girls, will be released in May 2015.