PrintCan you believe the Realm Makers conference is only a couple of days away? It’s almost time! Get ready for a weekend of learning, growing, and hobnobbing with the craziest and best people. But before you head out, here’s just a few reminders . . .

First of all, don’t forget to get the Guidebook app for your phone and download the Realm Makers guidebook for the weekend. This is basically an interactive conference program right at your fingertips. The link is: Once you’ve got it, play around with it and familiarize yourself with it so it’ll be useful over the weekend.

There will be a videographer and a photographer available. If you’d like headshots done, you can contact Emilie Hendryx at If you’re interested in author promo videos, you can contact Dan Phillips at

The Early Bird workshop with Jeff Gerke begins at 4 p.m. The Splickety Pre-Party begins at 7:30. These are both over in the conference center. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Friday night is the Quill Pen Editorial Awards Banquet. Be ready for fun, costumes, food, and more! If you are NOT wearing a costume, please come dressed in business attire or how you would for a nice night out. The banquet begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night is game night, which includes the Zombie Apocalypse Nerf Gun War. There will also be a fight panel and tabletop games for those less inclined to kill zombies.

As far as checking into your rooms . . . if you arrive at UMSL:

Before 4 p.m.: Go to office N105 in Provincial House (next to Oak) and the university staff will assist you on checking in.

Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Go to office C102 and the student staff will check you in.

After 5 p.m.: you must call or text 314-250-9505 when you arrive and the student staff will direct you as to where you can check in with them.

*Note this is NOT your conference check in.

If you have not paid for housing yet, that will be due upon check-in! Bring exact change if paying in cash, or else a check. CREDIT CARDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED to pay for housing in person. At the end of the conference, you DO NEED to check out with the university staff, details will be explained at the conference.

A shuttle will be available to take attendees from the dorm to the conference center (it’s about 1.5 miles between the 2). For shuttle times, please see the Guidebook app.

BOOKSTORE! Don’t forget about the bookstore! The bookstore will be open throughout the conference, and we highly encourage attendees to support each other by looking around and seeing what’s available. Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for some goodies!

For the meals not provided at the conference center, if you elected to use the university meals, these are held at the Provincial House next door to the dorm.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you have a question, likely others are wondering the same thing.