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Pursue your personal publishing happily-ever-after

Celebrating 35 Years of Helping
Grow Romance Writers in DFW


How To Craft Believable Characters

Nothing angers readers more than characters who act with no motivation, just to service the plot. Plot comes from character, not the other way around. I’ll discuss how to craft believable characters who enhance, not detract, from your story.

Tracey's latest release, American Royalty is a dangerously sexy rom-com that evokes the real life romance between Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, if Meghan was Megan Thee Stallion, and was one of the most buzzed about books of 2022. She’s the 2021 Emma Award winner for Best Interracial Romance for Like Lovers Do, which was also named one of the 100 Best Fiction Books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews. A former criminal defense attorney, Tracey lives in Virginia with her husband and their three children

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At DARA, you will find...



Our monthly meetings and events offer valuable information to improve your craft, your writing life, and your business acumen. 
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We support each other's writing efforts. We cheer for your successes and console you through rejections. We take care of each other.


We welcome romance writers at all stages, from those starting their first manuscript, to multi-published traditional, indie, or hybrid authors. 


A Village

Membership in a local chapter of RWA allows you to reap the benefits of the national organization while building relationships with area authors.

DARA's Purpose & People

We are 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. DARA is chapter 56 of the Romance Writers of America.
We welcome all writers serious about pursuing a personal publishing happily-ever-after. 
We invite you to come to a meeting or two, get to know us, and find out if you'd like to join our writing family.
DARA is a local chapter of RWA. Click to learn more. 
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