About Us

Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA) is a Florida-based, non-profit chapter of Romance Writers of America® (RWA). Our mission is to provide professional, educational, networking opportunities, and continuing support for career-focused romance writers and others interested in learning about a career in romance fiction. As a group of multi-genre writers, we help and encourage our members through their writing careers, from their first manuscript to becoming New York Times bestsellers. Each year, we sponsor the internationally recognized TARA Contest for published and unpublished authors.


Be a part of other fun, dedicated, professional writers in the Tampa Bay area–or wherever you are! JOIN TARA NOW and start enjoying:

  • Monthly meetings with speakers and/or workshops
  • Retreats
  • Critique / Beta reading, Push to Pub, Book Challenge, and Write Reward$ Programs
  • Members-only web site access
  • Book and Media Libraries
  • Local area book signings
  • Crazy fun Christmas party
  • Fabulous new friends!
  • More Info about becoming a TARA member


All meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at: Piccadilly Cafeteria, 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida. Guests are welcome to attend two general meetings before joining. Come join the fun!

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Latest News

Psychology of Creating Characters: Part 1

Miss Scarlett is always digging for articles to help her writing friends, and she came across this one by Laurie Schnebly written for RWA on Jun 02, 2001. The original article is quite long, so she picked out excerpts and divided …