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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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Richardson, TX 75083-2445

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Join us Saturday, February 22 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 and may attend up to two meetings before joining DARA.

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Master Character Discovery Workshop
Cindy Dees

Presented by Cindy Dees

Join Cindy Dees for her nationally acclaimed Master Character Discovery Workshop. In a hands on format, learn more about your characters than you ever dreamed possible, and find the core conflicts between your hero and heroine that will make their relationship leap off the page!

BIO: When coming up with ideas for her stories, Cindy Dees need look no further than her own background. From obtaining her pilot’s license at 15 years old, then joining the Air Force and becoming the youngest female pilot in its history, to gathering intelligence and being detained by the KGB and East German Secret Police, Cindy’s led a life most people only dream about. And she has already turned many of her experiences into novels of military romance and suspense.

Winner of a Golden Heart and Holt Medallion for writing, Cindy is a two-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for Romance Fiction, two-time winner of RT Book Review’s Best Harlequin Romantic Suspense Novel of the Year, is a Romantic Times Lifetime Career Achievement nominee, and a Waldenbooks best selling author.

Her 40th romance novel was published in 2013, and she’s looking forward to the release of her first epic fantasy novel with co-author, Bill Flippin, in 2014.