Advance Sign-up for Pitch Sessions and Blue Pencil Cafe (UPDATED)
Wednesday July 7, 2014
This year we are holding these one-on-one mentored events on Friday as well
as on Saturday and Sunday. Sign-up will be done as a draw rather than first
come-first served. Send an email before August 1st to email@example.com
stating which session(s) you would like to attend, indicating 1st, 2nd, 3rd
choice, etc. For overbooked sessions we will randomly draw names based on
preference. In the event that any of the sessions still have space after the
advance sign-up, a sign-up book will available for those sessions near the
registration desk starting at 12 PM Friday. During the festival, attendees
may check with the volunteer outside the Wedgewood Boardroom for openings
due to cancellations or no-shows. (Note: This year sign-up is not required
for 50-minute workshops.)
Update - 2 additional pitch sessions (*):
Friday 1 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Jessica Corra-Larter, Samhain Publishing)
Friday 3 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Adrienne Kerr, Penguin/Random House Canada)
Friday 4 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Adrienne Kerr, Penguin/Random House Canada)
Friday 6 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Barb Galler-Smith, OnSpec Magazine)
Saturday 10 AM - Blue Pencil Café (Edward Willett, Author)
Saturday 3 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Ella Beaumont, Edge of Speech freelance
Sunday 10 AM - Blue Pencil Café (Gary Ryan, Author)
Sunday 1 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade Fantasy & Horror)
Sunday 2 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Caralee Hubbell, CAFE - Calgary Association
of Freelance Editors)
Sunday 3 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Robert Runté, Five Rivers Publishing)
Sunday 4 PM - Blue Pencil Café (Clare C. Marshall, Faery Ink Press)
Friday 2 PM - Pitch Session (Brian Hades, Edge SF&F Publishing)
Friday 5 PM - Pitch Session (Brian Hades, Edge SF&F Publishing)
* Friday 7 PM - Pitch Session (Tina O'Connor, Be That Books Publishing)
Saturday 11 AM - Pitch Session (Robert Runté, Five Rivers Publishing)
Saturday 12 PM - Pitch Session (Adrienne Kerr, Penguin/Random House Canada)
Saturday 1 PM - Pitch Session (Adrienne Kerr, Penguin/Random House Canada)
Saturday 2 PM - Pitch Session (Margaret Curelas, Tyche Books)
Saturday 4 PM - Pitch Session (Justyn Perry, Breathless Press/Lycaon Press)
* Saturday 7 PM - Pitch Session (Tina O'Connor, Be That Books Publishing)
Sunday 11 AM - Pitch Session (Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press)
Sunday 12 PM - Pitch Session (Naomi Davis, Inklings Literary Agency)
Brandon Sanderson Gaming Tournament
Wednesday July 20, 2014
Calling Brandon Sanderson fans — Brandon is an avid gamer and
has agreed to participate in a Magic the Gathering Limited Draft
Tournament on the Sunday evening of the festival. This tournament is
limited to 16 people and will start at 8 PM Sunday evening and likely
run past midnight.
Cost to enter is $10. Cards will be supplied as well as prizes for
participants. Registered festival members who would like to 'play with
Brandon' can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the
tournament list. Once the tournament is full, we'll keep a waiting
list in case someone doesn't show up. For people who may be new to
Magic or a bit rusty, we will be reviewing the cards and rules from
Can't Attend The Festival?
Wednesday July 7, 2014
When Words Collide has sold out and we are no longer selling weekend passes, but there are still opportunities to participate. For readers we have
several public events that do not require registration:
- On Thursday, August 7th at 7pm at the Fish Creek Library (11161
Bonaventure Drive SE), this year's festival guests will be reading from
current works, taking questions, and signing books.
- On Friday, August 8th from 1pm-3pm at the Carriage House Inn (9030 Macleod
Trail South), Thursday's event will be repeated.
- On Saturday, August 9th from 8pm-9pm, our festival guests and many of our
attending authors will be signing books at our mass autograph session.
- Our Merchants Corner is also open to the public. Books by our festival
guests and many attending authors are available for purchase. It is also
a great opportunity to say hello to booksellers, small presses, and writers
organizatons. Hours are Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.
For writers and aspiring writers, we still have room in our pre-festival
workshops on August 6th, 7th, & 8th.
- Adrienne Kerr (Penguin) - The Author-Publisher Relationship ($40)
- Mark Leslie (Kobo Canada) - Marketing Best Practices ($20)
- Mark Leslie (Kobo Canada) - Hybrid Publishing ($20)
- D. J. McIntosh (Author) - How to Get Published ($20)
- Jacqueline Guest (Author) - On the Write Track ($20)
- Jack Whyte (Author) - Manuscript Strengths & Weaknesses ($50)
- ARWA (Alberta Romance Writers Association) - Monochrome or Tapestry ($10)
Workshop details are here.
Jack Whyte replaces Diana Gabaldon
Wednesday June 18, 2014
As mentioned in last month's News & Notes, Diana Gabaldon, due to
the release schedule of her Outlander television series, is no longer
able to visit Calgary in August. Luckily, Jack Whyte has agreed to
take her place in our guest lineup.
Like Diana, Jack is an international bestselling author of
historical fiction and is a knowledgeable and entertaining public
speaker. His Arthurian saga, the nine volume Camulod Chronicles,
continues to fly off bookstore shelves, as does his Templar
series. His current Bravehearts Chronicles deals with 14th-Century
Scotland during the Wars of Independence and features the Scots heroes
of those wars: William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Sir James the
Black Douglas. Jack is also hosting a manuscript workshop on the
Friday morning before the festival. Let us know if you are interested
in joining him.
Though Diana Gabaldon's schedule continues to look busy for the
foreseeable future, we should know early in the new year if she is
able to join us in 2015. If anyone has purchased a 2014 festival
membership for the sole purpose of seeing Diana, please let us know
and we will happily transfer your membership to our 2015
festival. Also, please note below that on June 26th, Diana is briefly
in Calgary for a signing event.
2014 Planning Meeting
Wednesday June 18, 2014
The next 2014 festival planning meeting is on Sunday, July 13th
in the Community Room of the MacLeod Trail Co-op (8818 MacLeod Trail
South) from 10 AM - 12 PM.
Anyone who would like to drop in and comment on how to improve the
festival for 2014 is welcome.
Note: Planning meetings are usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month