Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention

June 16 - 18, 2017
Renaissance Hotel

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Gateway Con!
Presented by
St. Louis Writers Guild


Independent Bookstore Alliance

Affiliated Organizations

St. Louis Publishers Association 

St. Louis Press Club

Missouri Romance Writers of America

Sisters in Crime
Greater St. Louis Chapter

Saturday Writers

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Gateway to Publishing

Conference and Convention!

St. Louis Writers Guild's new 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 first annual 
Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention!

Thank you to the writers who attended the conference - 
Good Luck with your writing! 

Thank you to the authors in the Author Hall!

Thank you to the staff and volunteers who made 
Gateway Con run smoothly!

Thank you to the public who came to the Book Fair! 

Thank you to Main Street Books and the Renaissance Hotel!


June 16, 17, and 18, 2017
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

At the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO
Across from Lambert International Airport

A Conference for Writers and a Convention for Readers!
Writing Workshops
Master Classes
Pitch Sessions
Remote Pitch Sessions
Networking Events
Your Books on Display
Meet Industry Professionals
Critiques of Your Work
Debates about the Future of Publishing

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

Meet Your Favorite Author
Author Signings
Tons of Author Panels
Bookstore run by the Independent Bookstore Alliance
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 Sunday. 

Night owls will enjoy writing on Friday and Saturday Night, while the early birds can meet on Saturday and Sunday Morning. 

Click the link below to register for the hotel, you will automatically receive the benefits at the Book Fair. 
Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO 
Gateway Con will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Convenient shuttle from the airport to the hotel, and free parking for hotel guests and conference attendees. 

Conference Rate for a room at the 
Renaissance Hotel is $109 per night. 
This rate is guaranteed until June 5, 2017. 

To learn visit the hotel's reservation site click this link. 
(complimentary basic guest wifi & parking)

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

  • Exclusive Access to the Gateway Con Write-In events – Special writing times and gatherings with Kathleen Kayembe. Plus, a discount on her Master Class.
  • Full Access to the Book Fair, book signings, and reader panels. Plus, an invitation to the Documentary Film Premiere and Genre Talk Cocktail Party on Friday night
  • Invitation to Lunch with the speakers and volunteers Saturday afternoon
  • The Scribe 2015 – A print copy of the end of the year collection for St. Louis Writer’s Guild’s Literary Magazine
  • Entered into the Grand Prize Raffle – One entry for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a free registration to Gateway Con 2018’s writers conference or Author Hall. Plus, one free raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win one of the other prizes
  • Free Wifi and Free Parking
  • A Reserved Seat at the Gala Dinner. A ticket to the reserved tables for honored guests and speakers is available for an additional fee. 
Things to do at Gateway Con.
          Master Classes, Gala Dinner, and more... 
Want to take a master class or come to the gala dinner on Saturday night? Here, you can sign up for events at Gateway Con individually. Master Classes are in-depth workshops held by industry professionals. Join us for the Gala Dinner and listen to SLWG President David Lucas, and Keynote Speaker Angie Fox. Plus, enjoy the wonderful food from the chefs at the Renaissance Hotel. Enjoy the stunning views from the Ballroom, and hang out with your fellow writers. It will be a night to remember... 

There will be raffles too - giveaways every hour, plus grand prizes like registration to next year's writer's conference, a table in next year's Author Hall, St. Louis Cardinal Tickets, Tickets to the St. Louis Symphony, and more... 
Master Classes 
Query Letter Critique with literary agent Kathleen Ortiz, 
Saturday, June 16, 2-4pm 

Writing 3-D Characters with literary agent Margaret Bail, 
Sunday, June 18, 10-12pm 

Query Letter Critique with literary Agent Justin Wells, 
Sunday, June 18, 10-12pm 

How to Format and Publish Your E-Book with Jennifer Geist, 
Sunday, June 18, 10-12pm 

TBA with Kathleen Kayembe, 
Friday, June 16, 2-4pm

More descriptions are on the conference registration page... 
Please let us know which Master Class 
by emailing president (@) stlwritersguild (dot) org

Master Classes are $50 per class. 

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 those who advertised within the Gateway Con Program