Call for Panel Proposals—2017 Gemini Ink Writers Conference: “Writing for Change”

Creative writers (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriters), scholars, editors and publishers of independent presses, and others engaged in the world of literary creation, publication, or promotion are invited to submit panel presentations on this year's conference theme.

Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s independent literary arts center, seeks panel proposals for our 2017 Writers Conference on the theme “Writing for Change.” The conference will take place July 21-23rd and will comprise a full schedule of workshops, readings, panel presentations and a small press book fair. Featured writers are Helena María Viramontes, Brian Turner, Patricia Spear Jones and Octavio Quintanilla, with special guest Marilyn Atlas, LA Talent/Literary Manager and Producer, whose many credits include the film “Real Women Have Curves,” winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Change can reverberate through the writing life in numerous ways. In this moment of social and historical flux, Gemini Ink’s Writers Conference will contemplate the role writing can play in reflecting and driving social, aesthetic and personal change.

We welcome a range of panel topics on the conference theme, from exploring hybrid genres and stylistic revolutions, to considering the practice of writing as an engine for personal and community transformation. We seek a diverse array of perspectives and aim to engage in a dynamic conversation on the compelling role the literary arts can play in our contemporary American society.

We are looking for proposals that are a full panel (1 hour) and offer a range of perspectives on the theme or topic being addressed. Ideally each panel as 2-5 panelists, and the panel is designed to encourage a conversation with audience members on the topic being discussed. Please submit all panel proposals by May 25, 2017

In order to submit a proposal for a panel for the 2017 Gemini Ink Writers' Conference, please provide the following information in a PDF or Word file that you can upload by following the prompts given below:

Presentation title:

Submitted by:

List of panelists names:

Technical needs:

Length of presentation:

Availability during the following dates:                Sat July 22–Sun, July 23 (10-5pm)           

Please include a brief description (75-100 words) of the panel you would like to present, along with a bio of each presenter (no more than 100 words in length). Let us know how the theme of your panel contributes to our discussion of the 2017 conference theme: "Writing for Change." 

More information:

Gemini Ink will review and accept panels on a first come, first reviewed basis. Gemini Ink does not currently have funds to underwrite travel to San Antonio.  However, panelists are welcome to sell books and will receive discounts on the conference fee and on hotel rates at the conference hotel, El Tropicano, as detailed below: 

Panelists will be offered:
  • 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 at a discount ($50).
  • generously reduced hotel rates for presenters and attendees at a nightly rate of $109 at El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel, which includes free self-parking. This rate is available through July 7th, 2017.
Conference registration also includes a Saturday lunch, evening receptions and parties as well as networking opportunities with writers of regional and national distinction, all set in the multi-cultural city of San Antonio, the big city with a small town charm.

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

at: or at (210) 734-9673.