USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia-inspired duology. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from media including the New York Times and National Public Radio. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.
Sherry Thomas Workshop and Reader Events
On Saturday, April 15, join Sherry Thomas, author of multiple bestsellers including the Lady Sherlock series, in a four-hour workshop, "Anatomy of a Story," for published and aspiring authors.
The story structure of a romance doesn't get talked about a lot, but structure is just as important in a romance as it is in a mystery or a work of speculative fiction. In this hands-on, example-driven workshop, we'll break down a romance into its essential skeletal blocks and then reconnect the bones to the sinews of the story (plot, character, motivation, etc) to show how all the components work together.
Lunch is included in the registration fee and will immediately follow the workshop.
Can't attend the workshop in person? You may attend virtually via ZOOM.
The workshop will be followed in the afternoon by a public program for readers. If you're a published author, you may host a table for three readers, complete with tea, coffee and snacks. We’ll rotate and give readers and authors a chance to sit with a favorite or find a new one. We’ll also have a fashion show where models will wear outfits inspired by one of your books or the book covers.
The Tea and Fashion Show will be followed by an open-to-the-public book signing.
Chicago-North is reserving a small block of rooms at the hotel in case you'd like to arrive the night before the event. The is $119 per night plus taxes. The hotel is pleased to offer complimentary guest room Wi-Fi and complimentary parking. The hotel operates a free shuttle to and from O’Hare airport. Book online or call Marriott direct at 1-800-468-3571 or 773-380-9600.
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Renaissance Chicago O'Hare
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Lunch (included) immediately following
Cost: $125 for in person, $75 for ZOOM
TEA & FASHION SHOW
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost to host a table at the tea/fashion show: $50. No charge for authors participating in the book signing.
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Cost for a full (6-foot) table at the book signing: $125
Cost for a half table (shared with another author): $75
Fees include a table at the tea and fashion show.