Third Annual event for writers and readers

The Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention
Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, MO
June 14-16, 2019




The Writer’s Conference at the Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention is a three-day writing and publishing event.

Registration Fees

$220 for SLWG Members
$230 for Affiliated Groups
$250 for Regular Conference Registration
Plus Eventbrite Fees

Master Classes are $50 per class
Editorial Consultations are $30
$125 Author Photo Shoot

New this year, pay in installments!
$50 reserves the rate, then three $50 reminders will be sent on Nov 31, Jan 31, and Mar 31. Final payment must be made by May 31 to attend. Fully refundable.

Registration Includes:

Access to all Gateway Con Events
One in-person pitch session
One remote pitch session
Additional pitch sessions will be offered to attendees
Gala Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
Books sold at the SLWG Table in the Book Fair
First Page Reading Submission

“Get Away to Gateway Con!”

— St. Louis Writers Guild


Register for Gateway Con at Eventbrite or use the app below


The Events at the 2019 Gateway to Publishing
Conference & Convention


There are a number of events at Gateway Con, all are included with registration. Gateway Con is three days of literary fun and connecting with other writers.

Perfecting Your Pitch Workshop*
Learn about the pitching process and how to give the best pitch possible. Plus sessions on Saturday morning to practice.

Ask the Publishing Experts*
Anonymously ask, or ask your question at this panel event. We all have questions, some we want to ask like “how long should my novel be,” others like “Is it normal for my publisher to charge a fee?” not so much. Ask the panel, and get an answer…

Ask the Experts*

Have a question for a lawyer, a cop, a doctor, a librarian, or other professional fields? Come to one of the many expert panels.

First Page Reading*
Bring 5 copies of the first two double-spaced pages. A moderator reads and then the agents and publishers give feedback.

Genre Talk*

A genre specific networking party. Get to know your fellow writers, or mingle in a new genre and learn something to apply to your writing.

5+5 Critique Group Workshops*
5+5 is old SLWG tradition. The room is broken into small groups. A person in each group reads for 5 mins and then is given constructive and encouraging feedback for 5 mins.

Write Pack Radio Live*

WPR is a podcast for writers, a large panel of authors will discuss a topic. Questions are also taken from the audience.

Marquee Speaker Panel*
A panel of the top speakers, and a hard-hitting topic in the industry today… leads to a great discussion.

Multiple Workshops Tracks*
Up to three workshops an hour, on a variety of topics so there is always something to see. The Author Side of Publishing, The Writing Process, and Expert Panels.

Gala Luncheon*
With Keynote Speaker

Pitch Sessions*
Have 5-7 minutes with a Literary Agent, or Publisher to pitch your manuscript.

Remote Pitch Sessions*
5 Minutes with a literary agent or publisher who is not attending, but appears via computer meeting software.

Master Classes
2 hour in depth workshops on a specific topic. They are on Friday and Sunday, and are $50 each. You do not need to attend the conference to sign up.

Editorial Consultations
Submit the first 10 pages before the conference and then meet with the editor for 30 minutes at Gateway Con. These are $30 and space is limited. Only available to conference attendees.

Head Shot Photography
Foppiano Photography will be taking head shots at Gateway Con. Please sign up ahead of time. $125 for a couple of professional headshots.

* included with registration

Genre Talk, a genre specific networking party!

Genre Talk, a genre specific networking party!

Remote Pitch Session

Remote Pitch Session

Affiliated Groups
St. Louis Publishers Association
St. Louis Press Club
Saturday Writers
Hannibal Writers Guild
Missouri Romance Writers of America
Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime
Midwest Mystery Writers of America
Missouri Writers Guild

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to the Renaissance
St. Louis Airport Hotel

Special Gateway Con Renaissance Hotel
Rate: $115 per night!


Have an Author Photo taken at Gateway Con!

Angie McBride or Fippiano Photography will be taking head shots at Gateway Con. Schedule a time to get your picture taken. Sign up using the link and a schedule will be created closed to the event. $125


Speakers at Gateway Con 2019


Coming Soon a list of the faculty for Gateway Con 2019.

Special Guests

C Hope Clark, author and owner of FundsforWriters
Jennifer Chen Tran, Literary Agent with Bradford Literary
Patty Carothers, Literary Agent with Metamorphosis Literary
Kortney Price, Literary Agent with Corvisiero Literary

Workshop Presenters

Brad R. Cook, author - Perfecting Your Pitch & the Practice Pitch Sessions

Andrew Doty, editor - Workshops, Master Class, & Editorial Consultation

Brad Watson - Saturday Writers

Ask the Experts

Brian Bardsley, Chicago Police Department, SWAT

David Lucas, Martial Arts Expert - Creator of Write Pack Radio Live - Podcasting and Writing the Fight Scene

VLAA - Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts - A lawyer from VLAA will answering questions and giving a workshop

LaShaunda Hoffman - Advertising and Marketing

Literary Agents and Publishers accepting pitches remotely
Marisa Corvisiero, Literary Agent at Corvisiero Literary

…more to be announced

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C Hope Clark
Author and Owner of FundsforWriters

Well known throughout the writing industry, C. Hope Clark founded FundsforWriters two decades ago when she could not find what she wanted for her own writing career. Today, she is editor of FundsforWriters, an award-winning author of multiple mystery series, and an active freelance entrepreneur. She and her motivational voice and writer support message appear often at conferences, nonprofit galas, book clubs, libraries, and writers' groups across the country. With her knowledge, she offers HOPE to writers in their endeavors, using her up-beat, motivational voice to encourage writers. The 35,000 readers of her newsletter love her, and in her presentations, you'll soon understand why.


Jennifer Chen Tran,
Literary agent with Bradford Literary

Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary, joining in September 2017. She represents both fiction and non-fiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms, improve on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world—books that also inform and entertain.

Select titles that Jennifer has represented: I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER by Cori Salchert (Barbour/ Shiloh Run Press); BREAKING UP & BOUNCING BACK by Samantha Burns (Dover/ Ixia Press); THE ART OF ESCAPING by Erin Callahan (Amberjack); MATCH MADE IN MANHATTAN by Amanda Stauffer (Skyhorse); A CROWDFUNDER’S STRATEGY GUIDE by Jamey Stegmaier (Berrett-Koehler).

Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In non-fiction, she loves books that broaden her world view or shed new light on ‘big ideas.’

In short, Jennifer is looking for:

  • Fiction:

    • Women’s Fiction (Contemporary, Upmarket, Literary)

    • Select Young Adult (must have distinct voice)

    • Select Middle Grade

    • Graphic novels and visually-driven projects

  • Non-Fiction, particularly in the areas of:

    • Narrative non-fiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel)

    • Cookbooks & culinary projects

    • Lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion)

    • Business Books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation)

    • Select memoir with an established platform

    • Parenting

    • Relationships and Psychology

    • Mind, body, spirit

Jennifer is NOT looking for:

  • Children’s picture books

  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

  • Westerns

  • Erotica

  • Poetry

  • Screenplays

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Andrew Doty
Editor, owner of editwritght

Andrew Doty began publishing poetry at the age of 16 before earning his bachelor of arts degree in creative writing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He founded the creative agency Editwright in 2012 while working as an associate editor at punctum books, an open-access, para-academic publisher, before accepting the position of editor-in-chief at the publisher in 2015—a role he stepped down from in 2018 to focus on his new role as vice president of the St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA), after having served as the SLPA's publicity chairperson for one and a half years, then as editorial director for three years.


Andrew now consults and manages all kinds of publishing projects for authors, publishers, and nonprofits through Editwright and helps to educate and empower the authors of St. Louis through the SLPA. To contact Andrew, visit

Experts speaking at the writer’s conference
Learn the ins and out of a variety of subjects, from publishing, to copyright law, details from first responders, martial arts and fight scenes, illustrators, marketing, and more!


The Volunteer Lawyer and Accountants for the Arts

An attorney from the VLAA will be at Gateway Con to talk about copyright law and other issues important to authors.

more specific detail to come

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Brian L. Bardsley, Jr.
Chicago Police Department – SWAT Team,
Sergeant, Medic, A Company, 1-178th Infantry, Illinois Army National Guard


Brian has a multifaceted background including experience in emergency medical services, law enforcement and military. 


Brian has been with the Chicago Police Department since September 2004.  He started as a patrolman in District 015, and upon his return from Iraq was moved to the Education and Training Division where he worked as an Anti-Terrorism instructor, as well as a marksmanship and tactics instructor. He is currently attached to the SWAT Team as the Team Leader of both the Medical Team and Weapons of Mass Destruction Team


Brian is an experienced instructor.In addition to his experience with the Chicago Police Department, he is affiliate faculty at the Loyola University Medical Center Program for Prehospital Medicine where he has taught in the classroom and served as a Field Internship Preceptor.He has given numerous invited presentations on Tactical Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, and disaster preparedness.