2015 Guests
Daniel Abraham Fantasy
C.J. Carmichael Romance
Diana Gabaldon Historical
M.L.N. Hanover Urban Fantasy
Sally Harding Literary Agent
Faith Hunter Urban Fantasy
Gwen Hunter Thriller
Brandon Mull Young Adult


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Pitch Sessions and Blue Pencil Café

When Words Collide is pleased to announce early sign-up for this year's Pitch Sessions with agents and publishing houses and Blue Pencil Café with editors. Sign-up will be accepted by e-mail between now and midnight July 17. Please request no more than 3 pitch Sessions and 3 Blue Pencil sessions ranking each set in order. eg.

Pitch Sessions;
1. Robert Runté
2. Sally Harding
3. Sam Hiyate

Blue Pencil Sessions:
1. Kristi Charish
2. Samantha Beiko
3. N/A

On July 18th we will process the sign-up emails and fill as many requests as possible. Any session that is overbooked will be filled in rank order first (1, then 2, then 3) and finally by random draw. The results will be posted on our web site home page on Monday July 20th. Any unfilled sessions may be requested in first-come-first-served order from July 20 - July 31. (If you are scheduled for a session and have to cancel, please let us know so that we can give your spot to someone else.) The resulting weekend sessions list will be posted outside the Heritage Boardroom on Friday August 14th at 11:30 AM. Please check it throughout the weekend for open spots. If at any time you know you can't attend your session, please cross your name off the list and let the attending volunteers know that your spot is available.

The schedule below is firm and will only be changed at the request of presenters.

Pitch Sessions:

Friday
5 PM Sally Harding (Cooke Agency www.cookeagency.ca)

Saturday
10 AM Naomi Davis (Inklings Literary Agency www.inklingsliterary.com)
11 AM Samantha Beiko (ChiZine Publications www.chizinepub.com)
12 PM Ella Beaumont (Edge SF&F Publishing www.edgewebsite.com)
2 PM Robert Runté (Five Rivers Publishing www.fiveriverspublishing.com)
3 PM Sally Harding (Cooke Agency www.cookeagency.ca)

Sunday
12 PM Sam Hiyate (The Rights Factory www.therightsfactory.com) 
1 PM David Gross (author)
3 PM Sandra Kasturi (ChiZine Publications www.chizinepub.com)

Blue Pencil Café: 

Friday
1 PM Jessica Corra-Larter (editor)
2 PM Clare Marshall (Fairy Ink Press)
3 PM Robert Runté (Five Rivers Publishing)
4 PM Virginia O'Dine (editor)
6 PM Hayden Trenholm (Bundoran Press)

Saturday
1 PM Jane Ann McLachlan (author)
4 PM Kristi Charish (author)

Sunday
10 AM Margaret Curelas (Tyche Books)
11 AM Rhonda Parrish (editor)
2 PM Nicole Luiken (editor)
4 PM Samantha Beiko (ChiZine Publications)

For those requesting Pitch Sessions, please check the presenter's web site for what they are looking for. Pitching your YA Steampunk manuscript to an agent or house that only accepts Romance may be a hard sell.

Something new for this year: Once you have a Blue Pencil spot confirmed, you have the option of emailing us your manuscript so that we can forward it to the presenter, giving them a chance to review it beforehand. (This doesn't mean that you shouldn't bring a printed copy with you.) Remember: Each blue pencil session is 12 minutes long, enough time for a few good pointers; please do not provide more material than can be properly discussed in 12 minutes (usually 3 or 4 pages).

New Podcast!

A new podcast is available from the WWC2014. Listen in as Margarita Gakis, Nina Munteanu, and Sarah Katyi talk about Women in Current Works.

New Podcast!

A new podcast is available from the WWC2014. Listen in as historical fiction author Jack Whyte and Penguin editor Adrienne Kerr talk about how they are In Love With the Past.

Workshop Registration is Open

Pre-Festival workshop registration is now open. Please see the details on the workshops page for details.

Diana Gabaldon

Famed author Diana Gabaldon was scheduled to be a guest last year, but was unable to make it due to scheduling conflicts with the TV series based on her Outlander novels.

We are pleased to announce that Diana WILL be able to make it this year.

More information will be available soon.

When Words Collide Wins Another Award

Aurora AwardWhen Words Collide is thrilled to receive the 2014 Aurora Award. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers and attendees who make our festival for readers and writers a success.

2015 Planning Meeting

When Words Collide is a victim of its own success. We have grown so quickly over 4 years that our organizing committee can't keep up.

We are currently looking for excited people to help us plan and deliver When Words Collide 2015. If you would like to help, please let us know or attend our AGM on October 19 in the Community Room of the MacLeod Trail Co-op (8818 MacLeod Trail South) from 10 AM - 12 PM.

Note: Planning meetings are usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month

That's a Wrap

It's over for another year, but we're already planning next year's festival.

The web site will be updated a piece at a time over the next week or so, don't worry if some things look a bit odd. It'll sort itself out.

We're still calculating, totalling and generally shovelling our way out from under the paperwork, so if you bought a membership for next year don't worry. You'll show up some time in the near future as the figures become available to your humble web master.