Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention

June 15-17, 2018
Renaissance Hotel

Gateway Con!
Presented by
St. Louis Writers Guild

Affiliated Organizations

Main Street Books

St. Louis Publishers Association 

St. Louis Press Club

Missouri Romance Writers of America

Sisters in Crime
Greater St. Louis Chapter

Saturday Writers

Midwest Mystery Writers of America

Hannibal Writers Guild

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The Doc Film at Gateway Con 2018

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
with discussion by
Jeff Truesdell
Staff Writer,
People Magazine

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Gateway to Publishing

Conference and Convention!

St. Louis Writers Guild's annual writers conference. The weekend long event will take place at the Renaissance Hotel and feature multiple workshop tracks for writers, a book fair, and events for readers.


Thank you to everyone who attended the
Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention

Thank you to the speakers and staff

Many thanks to the organizations SLWG partners with including Main Street Books
and the Renaissance Hotel

See you next year!
Writing Workshops
Master Classes
Pitch Sessions
Remote Pitch Sessions
Networking Events
Your Books on Display
Meet Industry Professionals
Critiques of Your Work

A Writer's Conference to take the next step on the
Road to Publishing

Meet Your Favorite Author
Author Signings
Tons of Author Panels
Main Street Books!!!
A Hall of Authors
Free to Attend

Connect with your Favorite Author or Genre, and Discover New Books to Explore

Sponsor Gateway Con
Ads in the Program
Get a Table in the Hall of Authors
Vendor Room to
Connect with Attendees
Panels of Authors to
Connect with Readers

Connect with Readers,
or Find Your Next Client
at this Conference of
Industry Professionals
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Schedule for Gateway Con
Find out what St. Louis Writers Guild is planning. 
Closer to the event we will post a pdf of the program and the full schedule for both the Writer's Conference and the Reader's Convention. 
Speakers Appearing at Gateway Con
Discover who will be speaking, 
read their biographies, and more. 
Information is coming soon! 
Register for the Writer's Conference 
Find the fees, benefits, and more. Then follow the link to Eventbrite to register for the Writer's Conference at Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention. 
Register for the Author Hall 
Find the fees and benefits to have a table in the Author Hall at the Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention. Then follow the link to Eventbrite to register for a table. 
Sponsorship Opportunities 
Become a sponsor of the Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention. Find out the different levels and benefits that are being offered or get an ad in the program. Opportunities abound to get the word our about your book, your company, or your writing services to the entire conference! 
Get Away to Gateway Con!

Looking for a place to write, but don’t want to spend all weekend in a writer’s conference? Escape to the Renaissance Hotel for a writing retreat and book fair. Find a quiet place in your room to write, with scenic views and more luxury than home. Afterward, let your brain relax while your muse is energized at the exciting book fair events going on all weekend. Author and Writing Workshop Coordinator, Kathleen Kayembe, will be hosting a series of write-ins and writing times throughout the weekend. Plus, don’t miss her Master Class on Friday.

Young Writers Workshops at Gateway Con 2018
Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention has two FREE workshops at our book fair.

Young Writers Workshop
10am to 12pm in the book fair!
Saturday, June 15, 2018
For 4th - 8th Grade Students
Plus the winners of the writing contest will read!

AWA Workshop with Kathleen Kayembe
Saturday, June 15, 2018
For High School to Adults
Stay for the write-in at 3pm

Master Classes

These 2 hour sessions allow for intensive instruction into a single topic. They are taught by industry professional and will take place at various times during the conference.

You do not have to be registered for the conference
to attend a Master Class.

Attendees are limited to 10-20 people. 

Master Classes are an additional $50 per class.
Save $10 if you stay in the hotel!

Master Classes 2018

On Friday, June 15, 2-4pm

Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop presented by Kathleen Kayembe

Marketing Plans for Authors presented by Nicole Evelina

On Sunday, June 17, 10am-Noon

Atmosphere Creating Atmosphere: Writing's Emotional Cornerstone

presented by Sarah Jude

Pathways to Publishing 101 by Meghan Pinson

The 8-Minute Super Self-Edit presented by Catherine Rankovic

Screenwriting Basics: Film & TV presented by Heather E. Ash


Book at least TWO nights at the Renaissance Hotel during Gateway Con and receive…

  • Invitation to the Gala Luncheon on Saturday afternoon (Can be used by a spouse/assistant if already registered. No need for a second ticket.)
  • Drink ticket for the Book Party on Friday Night
  • The Scribe 2015 – A print copy of the end of the year collection for St. Louis Writer’s Guild’s Literary Magazine
  • Raffle Tickets – One Grand Prize Raffle Ticket and one regular raffle ticket.
  • Free Wifi and Free Parking
  • Discount on the Master Classes at Gateway Con (save $10)
  • Writing desk in the room, and a private getaway at a luxury hotel.
  • Access to the pool and other hotel amenities 
Have a question about Gateway Con or St. Louis Writers Guild please
contact us at info (at) stlwritersguild (dot) org

Would you like to be a Volunteer at Gateway Con please
contact us at president (at) stlwritersguild (dot) org

Thank you to the advertisers at the
2018 Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention
Thank you to those who advertised within the Gateway Con 2017 Program