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: Stay Sweet: A Writer’s Guide to Keeping the Door Closed and the Romance Warm

Piper G Huguley is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist and is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a three-book series of historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book #1 in the series, A Virtuous Ruby, has won Best Historical in the Swirl Awards. Book #3 in the series, A Treasure of Gold, was named by Romance Novels in Color as a Best Book, received 4 ½ stars from RT Magazine, and won an Emma Award for best historical romance.

Huguley is also the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. Book #1 in the series, The Preacher’s Promise was named a top ten Historical Romance in Publisher’s Weekly by the esteemed historical romance author, Beverly Jenkins and received Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Contest of Self-Published e-books.

She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.


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