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Past Programs

DARA's Past  Programs


2021  Speakers

January 23, 2021

Denny S. Bryce

Marketing 2021: Online All-the-Time or What?

February 27, 2021

Crystal Shelley

Use Conscious Language for Inclusivity and Respect

March 27, 2021

Priscilla Oliveras

Crafting Believable Characters

April 24, 2021

Lee McClain

Q&A about Hybrid & Indie Publishing, Heat Levels, & More

May 22, 2021

Jeffe Kennedy

Keeping Secrets

June 26, 2021

Vanessa Vale

Thrifty Tips for Writers

July 27, 2021

Tiffany Yates Martin

Analyzing Other People's Stories to Improve Your Own

August 28, 2021

Beverly Jenkins

Creating Settings

September 25, 2021

Mary Buckham

Active Branding: 8 Elements to Take Your Brand to a New Level (whether published or yet-to-be published)

October 23, 2021

Darynda Jones

Humor & Heat: How to Write Funny Without Sacrificing Sexual Tension

December 4, 2021

Holiday Gathering

Richardson Women's Club

Sonali Dev

Culture Building Is Not Just for Multiculturals

2020 Speakers


January: Adrianna Herrera, Author “Domestic Violence in Romance: Telling the Stories Survivors Need”


February: Amy Tasukada, Author

“Exploring the Rainbow”


March: LaQuette, Author

“Critical Lens: Insights into Perspective


April: Sasha Summer, Author

“Creating a Series Bible”


May: Sherry Thomas, Author

“Evoking Emotion on the Page”


June: Robin Covington, Author

“Picturing the End: Unleashing the PFM* to create a story your readers cannot put down. (Pure Effing Magic)”


July: Amy Fisher, MidContinental Library

“What Librarians Wish Authors Knew”


August: Mel Jolly, Author Assistant & Motivational Speaker

“Get Your *Stuff* Together: Organization for Creatives”


September: Jaye Wells, Author: Conflict


October: Kathleen Baldwin, Author:

“The Future of Storytelling: changes in the way we tell tales”


December Holiday Party: Holly Ingraham, Editor

 “Make these Habits your 2021 Publishing Goals”



2019 Speakers


March: Candace Havens

 “'Revision Hell’: a system to attack your manuscript and polish it to perfection"


April: Jenn LeBlanc, Photographer

“How to Get a Great Cover & Not Get Arrested in the Process”


April Special Workshop: Damon Suede: Verbalize


May: Michael Peterson:

“The Business of Books: Selling your Product


June: Melissa Blue

 “Making Consent Sexy"


July: Unconference: Meetup and brainstorm


August: Addison Fox

“Anatomy of a SALE”


September: Tracy Brogan

“Small Moment / Big Stories


October: Piper Hugeley

“Stay Sweet: Keeping the Door Closed and the Romance Warm”


October Special Workshop: Tami Cowden

“Hero v Villain: Developing Plot with Protagonists/ Antagonists

December Holiday Party: Becca Syme

“Know your Writer Strengths”

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