Third Annual event for writers and readers

The Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention
Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, MO
June 14-15, 2019




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

Registration Fees
SLWG Members $200
Affiliated Group Members $200
Regular Registration $200
Prices will increase on Dec 31, 2018

Master Classes are $50 per class
Editorial Consultations are $30

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


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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.

* included with registration

 Genre Talk, a genre specific networking party!

Genre Talk, a genre specific networking party!

 Remote Pitch Session

Remote Pitch Session

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to the Renaissance
St. Louis Airport Hotel

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


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 Funds For Writers

…more to be announced

Workshop Presenters

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

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

David Lucas, Martial Arts Expert - Ask the Expert and Write Pack Radio Live

…more to be announced