Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention

June 15-17, 2018
Renaissance Hotel

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The Doc Film at Gateway Con 2018

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Jeff Truesdell
Staff Writer,
People Magazine

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Gateway Con 2018

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The Writers Retreat at Gateway Con

Get away to Gateway Con! 

Don't need a writers conference, and not selling any books? Come and relax in luxury at The Renaissance Hotel. Write in a quite room with a few or join others and let the creative juices flow. Then drop down to the book fair for all the amazing literary events, and if you stay at the hotel... join us for lunch and other special offers. 

Leave the distractions of modern day behind and spend a weekend writing and be part of the festivities! 

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There is no fee to join the Writers Retreat at Gateway Con. Anyone is welcome to join the public write-in events. However we encourage you to stay two or more nights at The Renaissance Hotel to be part of all the events. Those who do, will receive discounts and other perks. Plus access to even more events. 

We do ask that you register for the Writers Retreat - there is no fee other than the cost of the hotel room - but we'd need to know who is coming. To register, follow the link to the Eventbrite page.

Included with Writers Retreat Registration

  • Exclusive Access to the Gateway Con Write-In events – Special writing times and gatherings with Kathleen Kayembe.
  • A Workshop/Write-In at the Book Fair
  • Exclusive offer to sign up for Kathleen Kayembe's Master Class on Friday afternoon. (Additional $50)
  • Access to sign up for Sunday Master Classes at Gateway Con. (Each class is an additional $50)

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Schedule for the Write-in

Friday - June 15
2pm Master Class with Kathleen Kayembe
4pm In Room Write-in
6pm Book Party!
8pm Genre Talk
10pm Write-in Lobby

Saturday - June 16
7am Write-in Lobby
10am Book Fair Opens
10:30am In Room Write-in
12:30pm Gala Luncheon (for those staying at the hotel)
2pm AWA Workshop with Kathleen Kayembe
3pm Write-in Book Fair
5pm Doc Film Party
6pm Doc Film
8pm 5+5 Critique Group Open Mic
10pm Write-in Lobby

Sunday - June 17
8am Write-in Lobby
10am Master Classes (if applicable)
12pm Write Pack Radio Live
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!

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

Scroll down for even more perks for those who stay at the hotel!
Hotel Reservation and VIP Package

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 
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

(includes free parking)


Start date: 6/14/18, End date: 6/17/18

Last day to book: 6/8/18


Marriott hotels special group rate:

$112.00 USD  per night

Having trouble booking your room?
We want to know... please email SLWG
at President @ stlwritersguild(.)org

You can call to make reservations but be certain to mention Gateway Con to get the conference rate!
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel (314) 429-1100
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