2019 Workshops

June 22, 2019: Melissa Blue presents Making Consent Sexy

Includes breaking down both what is sexual tension, and how romance authors can use consent in these moments and in sex scenes without giving that after-school special feel. Steamy excerpts will be used as examples, and we will delve into a bit of the science of attraction. Get ready to make consent sexy.

Melissa Blue’s writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. She penned that first contemporary romance, upgraded to a computer and hasn’t looked back since.


August 24, 2019: Addison Fox presents Anatomy of a Sale

A detailed discussion of what to expect from this author’s substantial experience as a traditionally published author.

Addison Fox can’t remember a time when words weren’t a part of her life. An avid reader, her love of the written word started at the tender age of 1 with “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear (a poem she could recite by heart to any family member who would listen).

A romantic suspense & contemporary romance author, Addison has worked with St. Martins, Harlequin, Penguin/NAL and Entangled and is currently hard at work on two series, one with Harlequin’s Romantic Suspense line and a contemporary trilogy for St. Martins. Visit her website by clicking here.


September 28, 2019: Tracy Brogan presents Small Moments, Big Ideas

Entertaining fiction is often filled with larger-than-life characters facing extraordinary situations. Ticking time-bombs, a runaway bride, impending tsunamis, boyfriends who shift into wolves – or any combination thereof – are all reliable plot devices used to engage readers and keep a story exciting. But what if your heroine is just a regular gal dealing with an average life? Is that a snooze-fest? Or is there a story there? I say there is! Learn how to create fresh, relatable, and riveting tales by infusing small moments with tension, suspense, humor, and romance without resorting to kidnapping plots and catastrophes. It’s all about timing, word choice, and revealing how the character feels in any given situation. Learn how using small yet significant moments can be woven together to create one big, satisfying story.

Tracy is a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of romantic comedies including the award winning Bell Harbor and Trillium Bay series. Visit her website by clicking here.


October 12, 2019: Tami Cowden presents Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villian Archetypes

This workshop has a fee & attendees must be a member of RWA.

A workshop based on Ms. Cowden’s latest book. Sixteen literary villain archetypes are identified and their motivations examined. Reveals and shows what happens when heroes and heroines turn to the dark side.

Tami Cowden lives and writes in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her first novel, Cruising for Love, won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America, and was published initially by Avalon. It is now available from Montlake Romance.

Tami is also the coauthor of The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes, a guide to characterization for writers. Tami has presented writing programs on characterization, plotting and scene building at more than 100 writing conferences and retreats, as well as online. Due to popular demand, she also authored a follow up book, Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Villain Archetypes.

A lawyer by day, she is now working on a mystery series about a divorce lawyer who inherits a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Tami lives in Las Vegas with her husband, two basset hounds, and four cats. Visit her website by clicking here.


October 26, 2019: Piper Huguley topic TBD

Piper Huguley seeks to make new inroads in the publication of historical romance by featuring African American Christian characters. The Lawyer’s Luckand The Preacher’s Promise, the first books in her “Home to Milford College” series, are Amazon best sellers. The Mayor’s Mission, published in Winter 2014. The next entry in the series, The Representative’s Revolt will publish in Spring 2015. She is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist for her novel, A Champion’s Heart—the fourth book in “Migrations of the Heart”. The first book in the series, A Virtuous Ruby, was the first-place winner in The Golden Rose Contest in 2013 and was a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. The first three books in the “Migrations of the Heart” series, which follows the loves and lives of African American sisters during America’s greatest internal migration in the first part of the twentieth century, will be published by Samhain Publishing in 2015. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

Named in 2015 as a top ten historical romance novelist in Publisher’s Weekly, Piper Huguley is the author of the Reconstruction era “Home to Milford College” series. She is a 2013 & 2014 Golden Heart finalist for two novels in the “Migrations of the Heart” series about the Bledsoe sisters and set in the early twentieth century. Visit her website by clicking here.


No November meeting.


December 7, 2019: Join us for DARA’s Holiday Brunch at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W Arapaho Rd Suite 102, Richardson, TX 75080