Schedule of Events and Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: Schedule is subject to last-minute changes.

Click here to access all the available workshop handouts and the Chicago Spring Fling 2018 program booklet (on Google Drive)

Click here for a printable PDF of the Chicago Spring Fling 2018 program (on Google Drive)

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Click here for a printable PDF of just the workshop/event schedule in spreadsheet format

Thursday, April 19 (pre-conference)

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Bookseller, Blogger, Librarian Appreciation Event (by invitation)

9:00-11:30 p.m.

Movie Night with Damon Suede—“Romancing the Stone” with commentary (you must sign up for movie night in advance)

Friday, April 20

8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Kent Room

Winning the Promo Game—Masterclass with Damon Suede

Essex Room

Creating a Slam-Dunk Hook and Query—Mary Altman and Cat Clyne

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Kent Room

Medicine, Manuscripts, and Mayhem—Jillian David

York Room

Co-Writing Confessions—AJ Pine, Emily Sylvan Kim, Stacy Boyd

Hunt Room

Printed Word to Book Lover’s Ear: Self-publishing  Audiobooks and Working with Professional Narrators —Barbara Ann Martin, Joe Wright, Mary Robinette Kowal, Julie Halpern, Patrick Lawlor, Amy Johnson

Essex Room

Crafting Heroes and Heroines from Outside the Mainstream—B.A. Binns

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch break (lunch on your own)

12:30 p.m.

Conference Kick-off: Damon Suede keynote

1:00-2:00 p.m.

VIP panel: Beverly Jenkins, Meredith Duran, Damon Suede, Joey Hill

2:10-3:10 p.m.

Kent Room

Beyond the Rules: Grammar Choices That Add Power to Your Novel—Julie Glover

York Room

Social Media Speed Dating—Stephanie Scott, Amy Alessio, Anya Breton

Hunt Room

The Core of Romance—Presented by Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee

Essex Room

Harlequin Spotlight, with Stacy Boyd (2:10-2:40 p.m.)

3:20-4:20 p.m.

Kent Room

Bringing STEM to Romance: Writing Tech Savvy Characters While Avoiding Stereotypes—Robin Skylar

York Room

Dissecting the Romance Plot with “You’ve Got Mail”—Priscilla Oliveras

Hunt Room

Libations of the Regency—Ella Quinn (you must sign up in advance for this workshop)

Essex Room

Entangled Spotlight, with Tera Cuskaden (3:20-3:50 p.m.)

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Kent Room

Don’t Quit Your Night Job—Maggie Wells

York Room

No Excuses! Writing at Hospitals, Through Heartache and Despite Kids—Sarah M. Anderson and Stacy Boyd

Hunt Room

Bangin’ Hot Beta Heroes—Amy Jo Cousins, Karen Stivali

Essex Room

Dreamspinner Spotlight, with Lynn West (4:30-5:00 p.m.)

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Grand Ballroom

Dinner

Agent Panel

Editor Panel

9:00-9:15 p.m.

Essex Room

Intro to Hot Night – Joey Hill

9:15 p.m. – midnight

Kent Room

Hot Night – Sweet

York Room

Hot Night – Spicy

Hunt Room

Hot Night – Steamy

Essex Room

Hot Night – Scorching (with Joey Hill)

Saturday, April 21

8:00 a.m. – Noon

Registration

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Kent Room

Business Planning for Writers—Elizabeth Harmon

York Room

#Passion2Profession: How to Become a True Indie Professional—Selena Laurence, Jamie Farrell

Hunt Room

Ack! My Publisher is Closing! Now What?—Amy Jo Cousins, Sasha Devlin, Karen Stivali

Essex Room

Sourcebooks Spotlight, with Mary Altman (8:00-8:30 a.m.)

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Ballroom

A Q&A with Ms. Bev—Beverly Jenkins

Kent Room

Women on Top: Being Sex Positive in Your Prose—Eliza David

York Room

Serial Success: Starting an Indie Series with Multiple Authors—Stephanie Scott, Kelly Garcia, Amy Alessio, Vanessa Knight

Essex Room

St. Martin’s Press Spotlight, with Jennie Conway (9:15-9:45 a.m.)

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Kent Room

Hook Readers by the Heartstrings: Layering Emotions in Your Story—Lynn West

York Room

Mastering the Meet-Cute—J. Leigh Bailey, Shae Connor, Ann Marie Walker

Hunt Room

Create Marketing Synergy: Partner With Other Authors—Ruth Kaufman

Essex Room

Grand Central Spotlight, with Madeleine Colavita (10:30 – 11:00 a.m.)

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Harger, Butterfield, Camden, Windsor, Ogden, and Cermak Rooms

Agent Pitch Appointments

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Ballroom

Lunch, Meredith Duran keynote

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Kent Room

Killing Me Softly: When Romance Meets Murder—Lynn Cahoon

York Room

Consent is Sexy! Consent in Romance and Beyond—Karen Stivali, Sasha Devlin, J. Leigh Bailey, Amy Alessio; moderated by Sarah M. Anderson

Essex Room

BDSM Romance: Start with the Heart and Soul—Joey W. Hill

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Harger, Butterfield, Camden, Windsor, Ogden, and Cermak Rooms

Editor Pitch Appointments

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Spring Room

Book Signing (open to the public)

6:00 p.m. –

Ballroom

Gala Dinner, Beverly Jenkins keynote

Fire & Ice Contest Winners

Silent Auction