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35th Anniversary Celebration!

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August 27


  • In person at Dallas College Garland Center

  • Gather at 9:15 am

  • Breakfast provided for free (Please RSVP by Aug 13)

  • Goodies & Prizes

  • All members invited! Current, former, and future!

We'll meet at the Dallas College Garland Center, 675 W. Walnut Street, Conference Rooms A & B, Garland, TX 75040. Please arrive by 9:15 am, as the program will start at 9:30. 


We are asking all members to register by August 13, 2022, so we can have a count for the breakfast. There is no cost to attend.


At the meeting, we are focusing on growing our own. We will learn our history (when, where, how we got started). We will do Table Turnover, in which we will get to know our DARA members better, and then we will have a panel discussion featuring four DARA members who will answer questions and share insight about the writing/publishing business. 


We will end with group photos that can be shared on social media and our website to promote our chapter.


If you know anyone who would want to attend, please send an email to 

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  • Limited edition 35th t-shirts, bags & mugs

  • Two options, many colors to choose from

  • "DARA Shop" -- See options, shop, delivered to your door

  • Click "Group Order" to save shipping and pick up at the meeting. Order by 8/17!

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Option 1

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Option 2

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  • Capture a snapshot of DARA, who we are and what we've done

  • All current and past members asked to fill out

  • Won't divulge your name

  • Help us lead DARA into the future

Thank you for taking a few minutes to fill out this survey! We are hoping to get a larger picture of DARA's members, past and present, to quantify what impact it's had on members' lives. 


We will aggregate the information for use in our celebration meeting and for marketing purposes. If you're okay with us using your personally identifiable information, please check "yes" on the last question. 

Questions include:

  • Name?

  • Pen Name?

  • Current or former member?

  • How long a member?

  • What genre(s) do you write?

  • Your publishing status?

  • How many books published?

  • Other publishing info?

  • What has DARA meant to you?

  • Would you recommend DARA?

  • Suggestions for the future?

  • If you're no longer a member, why not?


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.