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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

ATTN DARA Members: We have phased out the Members Only section at this website. You will now find the DARA Members Section within the DARA Community at myRWA. To access it for exclusive member content and to renew your DARA membership, visit: my.rwa.org/dara and log into the community.

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Join us Saturday, September 27th 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.

For more information visit the DARA Community at myRWA or email President@dallasromanceauthors.com.

Building Character into Your Manuscript
Elizabeth Essex

Presented by Elizabeth Essex


Award winning author Elizabeth Essex shows us how to build our stories from the main character up, using every opportunity to move the plot forward by strengthening and deepening character through word choice.

Bio: Elizabeth Essex is the author of the critically acclaimed Reckless Brides historical romance series for St. Martin’s Press. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and have made Top-Ten lists from Romantic Times, The Romance Reviews and Affaire de Coeur Magazine, and Desert Isle Keeper status at All About Romance. Her fifth book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL, was awarded Best Historical in the Reader’s Crown 2013.

When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden, or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth writes, and has done so for over twenty years. She graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classics and Art History, and then earned her MA in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University. While she loved the life of an underwater archaeologist, she has found her true calling writing historical romance full of passion, daring and adventure.




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