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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
6pm at Gateway Con! 
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.

Friday, June 15, 2018  12pm-5pm 
3 Workshops 
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 
19 Workshops and Panels 
Gala Luncheon 
In-Person and Remote Pitch Sessions with Lit Agents and Publishers

Sunday, June 17, 2018   10am-1pm 
7 Workshops and Panels 
Write Pack Radio - Live Podcast 

Book Fair at Gateway Con
Full Schedule will be posted closer to the event.

Friday Night, June 15, 2018   3-10pm
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!

Gala Luncheon - for Author Hall Table Vendors

Saturday Afternoon  2-10pm 
Readings from the Author Hall 
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 
2 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

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


The full schedule for Gateway Con 2018 will be posted closer to the event, and soon there will be exciting additions to announce! 
Check back for more...
Below is the schedule for last year's Gateway Con. 
See what we did and know that we'll be bringing just as many if not more workshops, panels, and master classes!
Schedule for 
Gateway to Publishing 
Conference and Convention
"Writers at the Rivers"
June 16 - 18, 2017 
Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO
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 dinner included)
Friday, June 16, 2017 
11am - Conference Opens

     Welcome to Gateway Con 

      Mechanics of the Perfect Pitch 

      Working with a Bookstore with 
      Emily Hall of Main Street Books

      Master Class with 
       Kathleen Ortiz
      Master Class with 
       Kathleen Kayembe

      The Author / Publisher 
       Relationship with Cynthia 
       Graham and Jennifer Geist

       Meet the Faculty 

       First Pages Reading - bring 
       the 1st two pages of your WIP

          Genre Talk, 
           a genre-based cocktail party 
           for writers. 
           sponsored by the 
           St. Louis Press Club

          Gateway Con Write-In 

Saturday, June 17, 2017
7am - Gateway Con Write-In 

8:30am - Conference Opens 

9am - Eileen Dreyer, Angie Fox, 
    Cynthia Graham, and Ann Leckie - 
    "The Best Part of Being an Author"

*What to Expect After Signing the 
      Contract with Claire Applewhite
*Producing The Scribe: a Literary 
      Magazine by St. Louis Writers 
      Guild with Lauren Miller 
      and T.W. Fendley
*Panel: Plotting vs Pantsing

*How to Quietly Make Six Figures in 
      Indie Publishing with Angie Fox
*I Love a Mystery with Fedora Amis, 
      Claire Applewhite, and John Fran 
      from Sisters in Crime

Lunch - there are many options 
               available in the hotel and 
               surrounding area. 

*First Chapters with Eileen Dreyer
*Audio Books and Voice Acting with 
       George Sirois and David Lucas
*Panel: What do you Tweet? 
               Social Media for Authors

*Tips for Science Fiction Writers with 
      Ann Leckie
*From Hobby to Habitual Writer 
      from Missouri Romance Writers

*Getting Published 
       with Stephanie Hansen 
*Self-Publishing 101: What, Why, &
      How with Andrew Doty of the 
      St. Louis Publishers Association 
*Panel: How Female Protagonists are

*Making Words Come to Life 
      with Cynthia Graham 
*Discussion of The Safe Side of the 
      Fence with Tony West of the 
      St. Louis Press Club Workshop
*Panel: What Makes Great Villains 
               so Evil? 

*Essential Editing Tips with Jennifer 
*Formatting Your Book For Self-
      Publishing with Bradley Watson of 
      Saturday Writers 
*Panel: Getting the Past Right with 
               Historical Fiction 

6:30pm-10pm Gala Dinner with 
      Keynote Speaker Angie Fox

10pm - Gateway Con Write-In
Sunday, June 18, 2017
     Gateway Con Write-In

     Conference Opens

     Master Classes
* Book Cover Basics 
     with Brad R. Cook
* Working with an Illustrator 
     with Jennifer Stolzer 
* Panel: Indie Authors 

*Live Broadcast -
     Write Pack Radio Podcast - 
     Writing through the Muddy Middle

*Writing the Sword Fight with live 
      sword demonstrations from 
      David Lucas and Brad R. Cook 


Author Hall Events
Free to attend! 
Authors reserve a table at this great book fair! 
Friday, June 16, 2017 
12pm - Author Hall Opens 

1pm-4pm Author Readings 
             (Authors sign up at the Book
               Fair for your 10 minute slot) 

*T.W. Fendley 
       author of The Labyrinth of Time
* Judy Moresi 
       author of Tribal Fires   
* Ronald R. Van Stockum Jr. 
       - Book Signing, Author of 
          Cosmos the Stellar Stalker

* Panel: Basic Storytelling, Internet 
    Promotion, and Publishing Options 
    Ellen Parker, LaShaunda Hoffman,
    and Phyllis Wheeler

         The Safe Side of the Fence 
          a Documentary Film by 
          Tony West, from the 
          St. Louis Press Club

Saturday, June 17, 2017
9am - Author Hall Opens

*Author Readings 
*Panel: Why We Love Romance? 

*Ann Leckie - Book Signing, 
      New York Times Bestselling 
      Author of Ancillary Justice
*Panel: How did Harry Potter 
               Influence You?

*Claudia Shelton - Book Signing, 
       Award-Winning Author of 
       Slater's Leverage 
*Panel: Collaborative Writing

*Angie Fox - Book Signing, 
      New York Times Bestselling 
      Author of Southern Spirits 
*Panel: The World of Jules Verne

*Eileen Dreyer - Book Signing, 
       New York Times Best Selling 
       Author of Jake's Way
*Panel: From Tolkien to Star Wars,  
               Fantasy and Sci-fi Authors

*Cynthia Graham - Book Signing, 
      Midwest Book Award Winning 
      Author of Beneath Still Waters
*Panel: Best Women in Fiction

*Nicole Evelina - Book Signing, 
      Award-Winning Author of 
      Madam Presidentess 
*Panel: Best Place to Bury a Body? 
               Ask these Mystery Authors

*Author Readings
*Raffle Prize Drawing!!!
  Who will win books, swag, 
  Cardinal Tickets, Symphony Tickets, 
  Registration to Gateway Con 2018, 
  and more!

6pm - Author Hall Closes 
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Happy Father's Day! 
Bring your Dad to a Dad-themed Book Fair!
9am - Author Hall Opens 

* Peter Green - Book Signing
        Author of Dad's War with 
        the U.S. Marines
* Panel: Books for Dads... and Moms

* James L. Young - Book Signing 
          Author of Collisions of 
          the Damned
* Write Pack Radio live podcast
   Writing Through the Muddy Middle

*Writing the Sword Fight with live 
      sword demonstrations from 
      David Lucas and Brad R. Cook 

1pm - Author Hall Closes


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. 

There will be over 30 workshops to attend - access to all of them is included in registration.
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. 

There will be over 10 Writer Panels - they are only available to conference attendees and are included in registration. 
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. 
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 on Sunday. 

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