Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend your conference if I don’t write romance?
Absolutely! Even if you don’t write romance, you’ll find plenty of workshops to keep you busy! For a full lineup of our workshops, please visit the Classes and Workshops page on our website. 

What do you mean by a “hybrid” conference?
Spring Fling 2022 will take place at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago. If you cannot attend in person, you can sign up for the virtual (online) event. All of the workshops, speeches, etc. will be streamed live. Both people physically attending the conference and those attending online-only will have access to the online streamed workshops. The workshops will be recorded, so you can access them for up to two months after the conference.

Can I register the day of the conference?
We do not take registrations onsite. In-person Registration via the website will close April 7, 2022.  Virtual Attendance Only will be available right up until the conference opens.

Which Chicago airport is closest to the Sheraton Grand?

Either airport will work, depending on where you’re arriving from:

  • Distance to O’Hare International Airport (ORD): 35 minutes, 18 miles
  • Distance to Midway International Airport (MDW): 35 minutes, 13 miles

How do I get to the Sheraton Grand from the airport?

The hotel does not offer a shuttle service from the airport, so we suggest you either hail a cab or call Uber or Lyft. If you choose to drive to the hotel, please be aware that the on-site parking is $63/day. CTA Train schedules into the city are posted at both airports.

Train stations near the hotel (all buses and rail cars are accessible, as well as most stations. Check the CTA for updated information):

  • State/Lake CTA station – 0.7 mile (El trains from Midway and O’Hare stop here)
  • Wabash/Randolph CTA station – 0.7 mile (El trains from airports stop here)
  • Grand/State CTA station – 0.6 mile
  • Ogilvie Transportation Center – 1.5 miles (METRA)
  • Unions Railway Station – 2 miles (METRA)
  • CTA Red line (subway) Grand and State stop – 0.6 mile

I volunteered! When will I find out my volunteer assignment?
Thank you for volunteering. We can’t run the conference without our volunteers! We will email your assignment and responsibilities in mid to late March.

I signed up to pitch. Am I guaranteed a pitch appointment? How many pitch appointments do I get?  

Our goal is to give ONE pitch appointment to everyone who wants one, but we cannot guarantee everyone an appointment. Pitches are assigned in the order we receive registration and payment.

When will the workshop schedule be posted?

We will upload the list of workshops to both the Accelevents platform and our website, updating as needed. We expect to finalize the schedule with times and dates by the end of March, at which time we will post it on our website and upload it to the Accelevents platform.

Do I have to register for the conference to attend the book signing?

Yes, if you would like to be a signing author at the book signing.

 Our book signing event is free and open to the public to attend as a reader. Books may be purchased onsite from your favorite authors or you may bring your own copies to be signed. A volunteer will tag your personal books prior to your entrance into the book signing to distinguish them from onsite purchases.

Can I bring promotional items to be distributed in the Goody Room?

Yes. We will have a goody table available near the book fair room. All are welcome to distribute promotional items.

What should I wear to the Friday Gala dinner?

The Gala Dinner on Friday night is semi-formal. A nice dress or slacks would be appropriate. However, we’re still entertaining ideas for fun themes for our Gala, so who knows? You might get to dress up in costume. We will share information in plenty of time for attendees to participate if we do something specific.

I registered for Spring Fling but something came up. How do I cancel my registration?

Please e-mail the Chicago-North treasurer as soon as possible at if you need to cancel. Note that cancellations are subject to a $50 fee before April 7, 2022. After that date, we will not be able to issue refunds. Hardship cases will be determined and settled on an individual basis. 

Please note: CNRW is not liable for changes in workshops, speakers, or conference dates due to unforeseen circumstances such as the current coronavirus crisis.

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