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Chapter #33, Region 5 of the Romance Writers of America� was organized in March 1983 and offers educational programs, an informative monthly newsletter, a friendly atmosphere for networking, and access to the latest information on agents, editors and publishers of romantic fiction. NTRWA's mission is to educate, support, and mentor published and unpublished members in the profession of romance writing.

Please join us October 17th for Elizabeth Essex

Character Driven Writing

Every word in your novel should serve two purposes: to move the plot forward and give greater insight into the characters. This class will teach you how to find and use character-themed words specific to your heroes, heroines, and even villains.

Readers remember real characters--characters that are so fully-developed, they walk off the page and into our hearts. By utilizing character-themed words you will grab your reader’s attention and hold it throughout the novel.

I will teach you how to get inside the minds of your characters by using power words, scene-themed words, but more especially character-driven words.

Each teaching point will be illustrated by stellar writing from a variety of best-selling authors in multiple genres to delve deep into the fresh waters of Character Driven Writing.


Elizabeth Essex is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Reckless Brides series of historical romances for St. Martin’s Press. When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden, or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth writes, and has done so for over twenty years. She graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classics and Art History, and then earned her MA in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University. While she loved the life of an underwater archaeologist, she has found her true calling writing historical romance full of passion, daring and adventure.

Elizabeth’s books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and RWA’s prestigious RITA Award, and have made Top-Ten lists from Romantic Times, The Romance Reviews and Affaire de Coeur Magazine, and Desert Isle Keeper status at All About Romance. Her fifth book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL, was awarded Best Historical in the Reader’s Crown 2013.

She has taught her “Character Driven Writing” class to numerous writing groups, including Lawson Writer’s Academy, the Yellow Rose Romance Writers, Dallas Area Romance Writers, and Writer’s Guild of North Texas.

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Come to the meeting prepared to have a good time!

Doors open at 10:00.