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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, August 23rd at 8:45am for Romance 101 and 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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Genre Jumping: Moving from Romance into the YA Market
Christie Craig

Presented by Christie Craig

With the Young Adult market still expanding, many romance authors are considering making a move into the world of YA. And why not? Adult romances have a lot in common with YA romances . . . but they also have a lot of differences, too. Learning those differences can help you take a big wonderful leap into the world of young adult fiction. C.C. Hunter, AKA, Christie Craig, will talk about how she made the sudden and successful leap into the YA market with her popular Shadow Falls series through St. Martin's/Griffin, and she’ll touch on the topics of sexual tension in YA, the importance of a family relationship, and finding the right voice.

Bio: Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is an award-winning, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher.. Her non-fiction articles and photography have appeared in almost three thousand national magazines. A Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in more than fifty RWA-sponsored contests, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone. Published by Silhouette in the 90s, she recently broke back into fiction in a big way, making four book sales in one day. Her seventh humorous single title romance novel, published by Dorchester, will hit the stands in June 2010. Her non-fiction book, co-authored by Faye Hughes, released September 08, is The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and their second non-fiction book, a humorous self-help relationship book, Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel is scheduled to be released December 2010. Craig's latest writing adventure is the sale of a young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls Camp, that will be published by St. Martins Press in the near future.

Romance 101 with Jillian Burns

They call her The Blurb Queen!

Want to write a killer back cover blurb? Other than a cover, it’s probably the main thing that compels a reader to buy your book. Bring your WIP or newest finished work and we’ll write it together. Jillian has written blurbs for all her critique partners and she has a handout that will make you the envy of all your writer friends.

Bio: Jillian Burns fell in love while reading such classics as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice and has been reading Romance novels ever since. She lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-five years and their three active kids. She likes to think her emotional nature—sometimes referred to as moodiness by those closest to her—has found the perfect outlet in writing stories filled with passion and romance. She believes romance novels have the power to change lives with their message of eternal love and hope. Currently, she is working on her 10th novel for Harlequin Blaze. Her next release, entitled CABIN FEVER, will be out in September 2014 and is the first in a trilogy about Navy SEALs. For more information and excerpts you can visit her website