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The schedule for Gateway Con 2017
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The Safe 
Side of the Fence 
a doc film 
written and directed by Tony West
presented by 
St. Louis Press Club
Shown at Gateway Con 2017... there will be another movie at GC2018
Schedule for the 
Gateway to Publishing 
Conference & Convention
Gateway Con 2018
Join us for the 2nd Annual 
Writers Conference, Book Fair, and Writing Retreat
June 15-17, 2018
Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, MO
The Writer's Conference at Gateway Con
Full Schedule will be posted closer to the event.
Click the photo to register for this excellent writer's conference. Rates go up on May 1, 2018!
Name Badge Required for Entry

Friday, June 15, 2018  12pm-5pm 
Welcome to Gateway Con with David Lucas, President of SLWG
Workshop: Perfecting you Pitch, Tips for pitching to agents and publishers
Master Classes
First Page Read - bring 5 copies of the first two pages of your manuscript
Genre Talk - Genre Specific Cocktail Party 

Saturday, June 16, 2018  9am-6pm 
16 Workshops and Writer Panels 
Gala Luncheon 
In-Person and Remote Pitch Sessions with Lit Agents and Publishers
5+5 Critique Group Open Mic, read for 5 minutes, and then a moderated encouraging assessment for 5 minutes.

Sunday, June 17, 2018   10am-1pm
A Repeat of the 4 Writer Panels but with a Father's Day twist
Write Pack Radio - Live Podcast

Plus, registration comes with literary agent or publisher pitch session and priority Master Class seating. Sign up before rates go up!

Book Fair at Gateway Con
Full Schedule will be posted closer to the event.
The Book Faire and Book Fair Events are FREE!
We do ask you to register for the Book Party... more to come. If you would like to have a table in the book faire please click the image.

Friday Night, June 15, 2018   4-10pm
Readings from the Author Hall
Book Party! - Meet the Authors, and get books signed
Genre Talk - Genre Specific Cocktail Party 

Saturday Morning, June 16, 2018   10-12pm
Young Writers Writing Workshops 
Family-Friendly Book Fair - get a gift for Dad!

Saturday Afternoon  2-10pm 
Readings from the Author Hall
AWA Workshop with Kathleen Kayembe
Book Signings and Panels
Documentary Film with Director Commentary 
5+5 Critique Group Open Mic - get constructive feedback in a positive environment 

Sunday, June 17, 2018   10am-1pm
Dad-Themed Events for Father's Day - bring Dad to a book fair
Repeat of the Writer Panels
Write Pack Radio - Podcast Recording with a panel and audience questions

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Young Writers Writing Workshops 
Family Friendly Book Fair – Get a gift for Dad!
Gala Luncheon – for Author Hall Table Vendors 
Readings from the Author Hall
Book Signings and Panels 
Saturday Night
Documentary Film with Director Commentary 
5+5 Critique Group Open Mic

Sunday, June 17, 2018
3 Panels  
Write Pack Radio - Live PodcastSaturday, June 16, 2018Young Writers Writing WorkshopsFamily Friendly Book Fair – Get a gift for Dad!
Writers Retreat at Gateway Con

Full Schedule will be posted closer to the event.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Writers Retreat Master Class with Kathleen Kayembe

Book Party! - Meet the Authors, and get books signed

Genre Talk - Genre Specific Cocktail Party


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Early Morning Write-In

In-Room Writing Time

Gala Luncheon


Documentary Film with Director Commentary

5+5 Critique Group Open Mic – get constructive feedback in a positive environment

Late Night Write-In


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Early Morning Write-In

Master Classes – Additional cost, but with a $10 discount

Write Pack Radio - Live Podcast


Gateway Con Schedules 
Note: The times and order are subject to change. Information will be filled in as it is finalized. 
Writer's Conference
The paid portion. Three days of programming - workshops, writer panels, master classes, and more...

For only $250 (pitches and gala luncheon included)
Friday, June 15, 2018
12pm Welcome to Gateway Con
12:30pm Perfecting your Pitch
2pm Workshop
3pm Meet the Faculty
3:30-5pm First Page Reading

6-8pm Book Party! Big Author Signing
8-10pm Genre Talk, Networking Party
10pm Write-in
Saturday, June 16, 2018
7am Write-in

9am Marquee Author Panel
10am Break
10:30-11:30 3 Workshops
11:30am-12:30pm 2 Workshops
12:30pm Gala Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
2pm 2 Workshops
3pm 3 Workshops
4pm Break
4:30pm 3 Workshops
5:30pm 3 Workshops

8pm 5+5 Critique Group
10pm Write-in
Sunday, June 17, 2018
8am Write-in

10am Writer Panel Repeat
11am Writer Panel Repeat
12pm Write Pack Radio Live Podcast


Author Hall Events
Free to attend! 
Authors reserve a table at this great book fair! 
Friday, June 15, 2018
4pm Author Hall Opens
5pm Readings
6pm Book Party! Big Author Signing
8pm Genre Talk, Networking Party
Saturday, June 16, 2018
10am-12:30, 2-10pm Book Fair Open Hours

10am-11:30pm Young Writers Workshop
11:30-12:30pm GCYWA Winners Reading
Closed from 12:30-2pm

2pm AWA Workshop with Kathleen Kayembe
3pm Write-in
4pm Readings
5pm Doc Film Networking Party
6pm Documentary Film - For Ahkeem
8pm 5+5 Critique Group Open Mic
10pm Write-in
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Happy Father's Day! 
Bring your Dad to a Dad-themed Book Fair!
10am-1pm Book Fair Open Hours

8am Write-in
10am Writer Panels
11am Writer Panels
10am-12pm Master Classes
1pm Write Pack Radio Live Podcast


Details of the events at Gateway Con!

Multiple workshops an hour.
These hour long sessions will be on a variety of topics from improving your writing to navigating the publishing industry.
Writer Panels

These hour-long sessions will feature multiple authors talking about a certain topic, these discussions will allow for more interaction and a greater variety of viewpoints on the subject.
Affiliated Organization Workshops
Get to know some of the other literary organizations in St. Louis. Several groups who are affiliated with St. Louis Writers Guild will be presenting workshops based on their areas of expertise. 

These hour-long sessions are available only to conference attendees and are included in registration. 
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. 

Attendees are limited to 10-20 people. 

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

There will be chances for conference attendees to network with each other. There will also be a chance to interact with the conference faculty. 

The networking events are included in registration and are only available to conference attendees. 
Pitch Sessions

Have a completed project? Pitch your work to the literary agents, publishers, and editors who are at Gateway Con. 

Registered attendees can sign up for two pitch sessions (as long as spots are available, and on a first- come, first-serve basis) at no additional cost, this included in the price of the conference. 

Attendees are encouraged to read over the bios of each faculty member and select the appropriate pitch session. If you do not get the one you wish, or if there are more than two that you wish we encourage you to contact them after the conference and mention that you were an attendee. 

There will also be remote pitching at the conference... more to come.
Genre Talk 

It's been a staple of Writers in the Park for seven years and now it's getting bigger and coming to Gateway Con! 

Genre Talk is a genre specific networking event. We'll divide the room into genres. Feel free to hang out with writers who write the same stuff as you, or mingle between the groups and see where you fit best. Friendships and critique partners have formed from this event. Who knows what will happen when writers get together... 

Plus this year, we'll have some food and drinks to enjoy during the event. This networking time is sponsored by the St. Louis Press Club.

Gateway Con Write-Ins

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. 

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

5 + 5 Critique Group Open Mic

Read your work and get positive feedback from a group of writers. In an open mic setting that is moderated, those who sign up will read for 5 mins and then get feedback for 5 mins. This is an old SLWG tradition, that is both helpful and fun.

Sign up at the registration desk at Gateway Con 2018