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2018 Gemini Ink Writers Conference:
Writing the New Century

Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s independent literary arts center, seeks panel proposals for our 2018 Writers Conference on the theme “Writing the New Century,” July 20-22nd at the El Tropicano Hotel on San Antonio’s historic Riverwalk. The event will comprise a full schedule of workshops, readings, panel presentations, networking lunches, and a small press book fair. Featured writers include nationally acclaimed authors: Martín Espada, Norma Cantú, Vijay Seshadri, Veronica Golos, Debra Monroe, and Anel Flores.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented art. In these tumultuous times of alternate facts and drama-numbing news cycles, authentic and groundbreaking literary voices seem more pivotal than ever. The Gemini Ink 2018 Writers Conference offers an inclusive, dynamic space to dialog and exchange ideas on our digitally-evolving, aesthetically vigorous, and politically explosive new century. We welcome a range of panel topics on the conference theme, from exploring cutting edge genres and new aesthetic moments to considering how the literary arts respond to and shape the personal, social and political questions of our “new” century.

Each panel will last 1 hour and ideally consist of 2-5 panelists offering a range of perspectives on the theme or topic addressed. 

In order to submit your panel proposal, provide the following information in a PDF or Word file that you can upload by following the prompts given below. Upload all panel proposals to our Submittable system by 11:59pm PST, Friday, April 20:

  • Presentation title:
  • Submitted by:
  • List of panelists names:
  • Emails for each of the panelists:
  • A brief description (75-100 words) of your panel.
  • 50-75 word bio of each presenter.
  • *Technical needs
  • Length of presentation:
  • Availability during the following dates:                Sat-Sun, July 21–22 (9-5pm)           

*Note on Technical support:  We have limited space for presentations requiring a laptop/projector and screen set-up. Only request this if it is absolutely essential for your panel. Tabletop mics will be available in the rooms as needed).

Gemini Ink will review and accept panels on a first come, first reviewed basis.

Accepted Panelists will receive:

  • a discounted conference attendance rate ($50 early bird rate through June 15/ $75 after).
  • the option to attend a writing workshop with one of the featured writers for an additional $50.
  • generously reduced hotel rates for presenters and attendees at a nightly rate of $112 at

El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel, which includes a free buffet breakfast. This special conference rate is available through July 9, 2018.

  • Conference registration also includes a Saturday lunch, evening readings and parties as well as networking opportunities with writers of regional and national distinction.

For questions, please contact Alexandra van de Kamp, Creative Writing Program Director

at: or at (210) 734-9673.

Submit at Submittable