Program

Our Program for When Words Collide is currently being developed. The information on these pages will be updated as details are worked out. Please check often to see what is happening.

If you have suggestions for events or discussion topics you would like to see, please let us know.

If you would like to participate in our program and are involved in the publishing industry, a scientist, or otherwise very knowledgeable in some field that would be of interest to readers, writers, or artists, please contact us.

Program Description

What kind of program will you find at When Words Collide?

We expect to see about 350 people at this multi-genre fiction festival celebrating Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Historical, Thriller, and other popular fiction genres.

There will be over 130 hours of programming in 7 meeting spaces in the hotel.

The evenings will also offer social activities in our 3 hospitality suites.

The program itself will include keynote addresses by our Guests of Honour, discussion panels, presentations, and workshops on a variety of current topics for readers, writers, and artists.

There will be author readings, signings, and discussions of their books.

Upcoming and aspiring writers can get tips on writing from successful authors, meet editors and publishers, and network with their peers.

The program is not just limited to books, but will also cover fiction magazines, graphic novels, comics, script writing and poetry. We will discuss new trends such as e-books, print-on-demand books, and book trailers.

We will also be looking at how art is created and used in these media.

There will be Kaffee Klatsches -- small, intimate discussions with our guests, as well as Blue pencil Cafés, and Pitch Sessions.

Whether you are a reader or a writer we will have options for you to choose from every hour of the weekend.

Program Grid

When Words Collide 2011 Program Grid

Friday Foothills 1 Foothills 2 Brentwood 1 Brentwood 2 Collingwood Suite 526 Suite 527 Suite 525 Edgemont
5 PM Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Hospitality Registration
6 PM Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - What Next? TBA Closed Closed Hospitality Merchants Corner
7 PM Keynote Addresses TBA TBA TBA IFWA Party Room Social TBA Hospitality Merchants Corner
8 PM TBA TBA TBA IFWA Party Room Social TBA Hospitality Merchants Corner
9 PM Blurring The Boundaries TBA TBA TBA IFWA Party Room Social TBA Hospitality Merchants Corner
Saturday Foothills 1 Foothills 2 Brentwood 1 Brentwood 2 Collingwood Suite 526 Suite 527 Suite 525 Edgemont
9 AM Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Hospitality Closed
10 AM Novel vs. Novella vs. Anthology Pulp Covers of the 30's Game Writing as a Literary Genre Behind Every Great Story is a Romance Kaffee Klatsch Rachel Caine Reading Aviva Bel'Harold Reading Susan Forest Hospitality Merchants Corner
Special H.G. Wells Book Tour. The U of C has one of the best HG Wells collections in Canada. Take a guided tour of their collection (This is an off site tour at the U of C. Sign Up Sheets will be posted. Limited to 10)
11 AM Live Action Slush Robert J. Sawyer; Bundoran Press R. Cat Conrad Let's Talk About Sex So You Want To Write For Children and Young Adults: Information for New Writers Kaffee Klatsch Walter Jon Williams Reading Betty Cross Reading Susan Calder Hospitality Merchants Corner
12 PM Rachel Caine Sword and Planet Slideshow Graphic Novels & Manga Wilderness Survival for Writers Kaffee Klatsch Robert J. Sawyer Reading Gayleen Froese Reading Susan MacGregor Hospitality Merchants Corner Walter Jon Williams Autographing
Special H.G. Wells Book Tour. The U of C has one of the best HG Wells collections in Canada. Take a guided tour of their collection (This is an off site tour at the U of C. Sign Up Sheets will be posted. Limited to 10)
1 PM Anthologies - What Are They & Why They are Good For Readers Dead Men Do Talk Detective Sweet YA, SF, Then and Now The Fiction/Poetry Intersection Kaffee Klatsch Jack Whyte Reading (collaboration) Ryan McFadden, Eileen Bell, Billie Milholland Book Launch Neil Godbout Hospitality Merchants Corner Rachel Cain & R. Cat Conrad Autographing
2 PM Writing for the Canadian Market Fostering the Creative Process Writers Groups - The Good, Bad, & Ugly Editor/Author Relationship Kaffee Klatsch R. Cat Conrad Reading Louise Marley Reading Derryl Murphy Hospitality Merchants Corner Jack Whyte Autographing
Special H.G. Wells Book Tour. The U of C has one of the best HG Wells collections in Canada. Take a guided tour of their collection (This is an off site tour at the U of C. Sign Up Sheets will be posted. Limited to 10)
3 PM Walter Jon Williams Dan O'Driscoll Slide Show Science Fiction in Academia Doctors and Medicine in SF Kaffee Klatsch Brian Hades Tesseracts 15 Susan MacGregor (host), Nicole Humphrey, Robert Runte, Cat McDonald, Erika Holt Reading Carolyn Pogue Hospitality Merchants Corner Robert J. Sawyer Autographing
4 PM Cross Genre Writing Fukashima Power Plant War of the Worlds reading Live Action Slush - On Spec Pitch Sessions Champagne Books Tesseracts 15 Susan MacGregor (host), Nicole Humphrey, Robert Runte, Cat McDonald, Erika Holt Reading Lynda Williams Hospitality Merchants Corner
Special H.G. Wells Book Tour. The U of C has one of the best HG Wells collections in Canada. Take a guided tour of their collection (This is an off site tour at the U of C. Sign Up Sheets will be posted. Limited to 10)
5 PM Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Closed Closed Closed Closed
7 PM Turning History Into Fiction How to Create a Book Trailer Short Story Contest Judging Worth Reading: Middle Grade and YA. New and Hot Books for Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers Pitch Sessions Robert Runte EDGE Room Party CaRWA Room Party Hospitality Closed
8 PM Ebooks Story Time With Marie Writers at the Improv Worth Reading - SF/F EDGE Room Party CaRWA Room Party Hospitality Closed
9 PM Creatures Of The Night Readers' Theatre Part 1 Worth Reading - Mystery EDGE Room Party CaRWA Room Party Hospitality Closed
Sunday Foothills 1 Foothills 2 Brentwood 1 Brentwood 2 Collingwood Suite 526 Suite 527 Suite 525 Edgemont
9 AM Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Hospitality Closed
10 AM It's About The Writing Book Trailers - Do They Work? Mysticism, Religion and Magic in Fiction What is Young Adult Fiction Kaffee Klatsch R. Cat Conrad Hospitality Merchants Corner
11 AM Live Action Slush Edge Press R. Cat Conrad Writing in English... as a Second Language Technology, Biology and Liberty Kaffee Klatsch Robert J. Sawyer Reading Robert Runte Reading Bob Stallworthy Hospitality Merchants Corner
12 PM Edge Book Launch How to Write a Good Pitch and Query Which Door Should I Open? Schmoozing 101 Kaffee Klatsch Walter Jon Williams Reading Alison Sinclair TBA Readings Hospitality Merchants Corner
1 PM Robert J. Sawyer NaNoWriMo - There Are More of us Than You Think Writing for the Magazine Market Readers' Theatre Part 2 Kaffee Klatsch Brian Hades TBA Readings TBA Readings Hospitality Merchants Corner Rachel Cain & R. Cat Conrad Autographing
2 PM Genre Writing - Inspiration or Formula Making Your Local Area an Exotic Setting Writing Difficult Scenes Fan Fiction - How Does it Work? Kaffe Klatch Jack Whyte TBA Readings TBA Readings Hospitality Merchants Corner Walter Jon Williams Autographing
3 PM Writing for the Screen Silencing Your Inner Saboteur The Journey from News Story to Novel Book Crossing Presentation Kaffee Klatsch Rachel Caine TBA Readings TBA Readings Hospitality Merchants Corner Jack Whyte Autographing
4 PM Jack White How Did We Do? How to Give Author Readings Facebook, Twitter & Blogging Blue Pencil Café TBA Readings TBA Readings Hospitality Merchants Corner
3 PM Writing for the Screen Silencing Your Inner Saboteur The Journey from News Story to Novel Book Crossing Presentation Kaffee Klatsch Rachel Caine TBA Readings TBA Readings Hospitality Merchants Corner Jack Whyte Autographing
4 PM Jack White How Did We Do? How to Give Author Readings Facebook, Twitter & Blogging Blue Pencil Café TBA Readings TBA Readings Hospitality Merchants Corner
5 PM Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
7 PM Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Social Social Dead Dog Closed

This grid will be expanded with detail as topics and participants are confirmed.

Programming space map

Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman
Writing on the darker side of Middle Grade and Young Adult, Angela is represented by Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency and runs the popular writing blog, The Bookshelf Muse

What is Young Adult Fiction?

DeAnne Allan

DeAnne Allan
DeAnne Mary Allan is a Calgary Author & Illustrator, parent, and teacher. She is happy to share her writing and illustrating perspective, and she is the author and illustrator of two picture books: Bedtime on the Farm and Wedding on the Farm.

So you Want to Write for Children and Young Adults

Vivi Anna

Vivi Anna
Author of more than 12 books, including the award winning Valorian Chronicles from Harlequin, Vivi has plenty of stories to tell. An avid reader, talker, walker, and movie watcher, Vivi also writes screenplays and hopes to one day be the next Wes Craven. She also writes YA under the name Tawny Stokes.

Which Door Should I Open?
Writing For The Screen

Krista D. Ball

Krista D. Ball
Krista D. Ball is a Canadian SFF author with various short stories, novellas, and non-fiction under her belt. She has a SF novel coming out in November, followed by an epic fantasy novel early in 2012. She's currently hiding from necromancers in Edmonton. Better safe than undead.

Blurring the Boundaries
Making Your Local Area An Exotic Setting
Turning History into Fiction

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard
Jayne Barnard's award-winning short fiction covers a range of topics and genres, but her best love is historical mystery. "Tommy Palmer's Ghost," set in 1922 Victoria, was short-listed for the Great Canadian Story prize in 2006 and "Each Canadian Son" won the 2011 Bony Pete award at Bloody Words. Her unpublished manuscript "When the Bow Breaks" is a finalist for the 2011 Unhanged Arthur Award from Crime Writers of Canada. Her work won a Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award in 1990 and has been published in Storyteller, Freefall, Western Living, Transitions, and others, as well as "Dead in the Water: an Anthology of Canadian Mystery Fiction."

Journey from News Story to Novel

Michelle Beattie

Michelle Beattie
Michelle Beattie has been writing for 15 years. Her first pirate novel sold to the Berkley Publishing Group in 2007 and hit the shelves in December 2008 under the title, What a Pirate Desires. Wanting to build a readership, Berkley encouraged Michelle to turn the book into a series and 6 months later she signed a two-book contract. Her second novel, Romancing the Pirate was released in 2009 and the third book, A Pirate's Possession was released in December 2010. Her books have received wonderful praise from publisher's weekly, Romantic Times and several on-line review sites as well as have been published in several languages. Michelle currently lives with her husband and two daughters near Camrose. Alberta.

Which Door Should I Open?

Eileen Bell

Eileen Bell
Eileen Bell lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She won the 2010 Aurora for Pawns Dreaming of Roses in Women of the Apocalypse, and is delighted to have a short story in Evolve2. She's working on a number of other projects in her round house, with her husband and her daughter's cranky cat.

Facebook, Twitter & Blogging
Fostering the Creative Process
Genre Writing - Inspiration or Formula
Reading

Marie Bilodeau

Marie Bilodeau
Marie Bilodeau is the author of the Heirs of a Broken Land series, and her latest novel, Destiny's Blood, is a finalist in the Aurora Awards and the Foreword Book Awards. Her short fiction has also appeared in several anthologies and magazines, including the upcoming anthology When the Hero Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy. As a professional storyteller, she has captivated audiences across Canada.

Story Time With Marie
Mysticism, Religion and Magic in Fiction
Writing in English. As a Second Language
How To Give Author Readings

Anna Maria Bortolotto

Anna Maria Bortolotto
Anna Maria Bortolotto is a long time member of IFWA, a multiple time finalist, previous winner, and many-time pre-judge of Contails/Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest. She is honoured to be a final judge for this year's contest.

Short Story Contest Judge
Readers' Theatre Part 1 & 2

Jade Buchanan

Jade Buchanan
Jade Buchanan is a multi-published author who believes love and romance are universal concepts, no matter a person's gender identity or sexual orientation. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and is the current Vice President of the Calgary Association of RWA.

Let's Talk About Sex

Susan Calder

Susan Calder
Susan Calder's short stories, poems and articles have appeared in magazines such as Alberta Views, Other Voices and The Prairie Journal. Her first novel, a murder mystery Deadly Fall, was published by TouchWood Editions in March 2011. Susan teaches workshops and courses at the Alexandra Writers' Centre Society and is currently working on a second novel. You can visit her at www.susancalder.com.

How to Write a Good Pitch and Query

Kathy Calvert

Kathy Calvert
Kathy Calvert grew up hunting, fishing and camping with her father and twin brother from a very early age. She began her climbing career at age sixteen, and in 1975 became Canada's first female park warden. Kathy's career as a national park warden continued for twenty five years, first in Yoho National Park, and later in Jasper National Park. In 1977, Kathy was on the first all-female expedition to attempt Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan, via its challenging South peak, and attempted the first all-female ski traverse from Jasper to Banff in 1984. She also completed the first all-women's Bugaboo-to-Rogers Pass ski traverse in 1989. Kathy's practical knowledge of the outdoors is augmented by a BSc is in Biology and an MA in Environmental Science.

Wilderness Survival for Writers

Jeff R Campbell

Jeff R Campbell
Jeff R. Campbell's publications have appeared in works as diverse as Challenging Destiny, Spinetingler Magazine, Fantasical Visions IV, Wax Romantic and Rigor Amortis. He has written for radio's Imagination Theater and with his longtime friend Charles Prepolec has co-edited Gaslight Grimoire, Gaslight Grotesque and the forthcoming Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes.

Anthologies - What are They?
Worth Reading - Mystery
Writers' Groups - The Good, Bad & The Ugly
Genre Writing - Inspiration or Formula?

Leslie Carmichael

Leslie Carmichael
Leslie Carmichael is the author of two books for children, Lyranel's Song (2005) and The Amulet of Amon-Ra (2009). Her other publication credits include short stories, articles, essays and poetry; in such publications as Storyteller: Canada's Short Story Magazine, American Miniaturist, and The Journal of Dracula Studies. She writes comic interactive murder mysteries for Pegasus Performances.

YA in SF Then and Now

R Cat Conrad

R Cat Conrad
R. Cat Conrad has been producing award-winning surrealistic, fantastic, and space-oriented artwork for more than thirty years. He's a popular fan entertainer and panelist as well as a prominent art and collectibles auctioneer at conventions, and he always loves a good pun. He's deeply knowledgable and passionate about early science fiction pulps and golden age comics, both history and collecting.

Pulp Covers of the 30s
Kaffee Klatsch
R Cat Conrad

Ann Cooney

Ann Cooney
Ann Cooney is a Mystery Writers' Ink Board member, a member of Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association (IFWA) and SCWBI. She is a short story judge for In Places Between: The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest. Based on her bestselling children's book, PAINTED PROBLEMS, Ann has made presentations on graffiti issues across Canada, United States and in Bermuda. She contributes to the Fictorians blog and the Mystery Writers' Ink blog. Her current projects include a mystery series for tweens, a YA novel and finding a home for a YA trilogy.

Dead Men Do Talk
Readers' Theatre
Writing in English... As a Second Language
Short Story Contest Judging

Lecia Cornwall

Lecia Cornwall
Originally from Ontario, Lecia lives in Calgary, Canada with two teenagers, four cats, a crazy chocolate lab and one very patient husband. She is lucky enough to be able to write full time. Her debut historical romance novel, SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS, will be released by Avon in April 2011.
Lecia's background includes working as a freelance copy and business writer. She is a keen volunteer for causes she believes in, including Scouting, professional associations and school groups.
Lecia is hard at work on her next novel.

Let's Talk About Sex

Betty Cross

Betty Cross
Betty Cross has published a sci-fi novel called Discarded Faces through Double Dragon Ebooks. A fantasy novel, Mistress of the Topaz, has been accepted by the same publisher, and should be out in late 2011.

Blurring the Boundaries
Cross Genre Writing
The Science of Writing

Craig DiLouie

Craig DiLouie
A Calgary-based novelist, Craig DiLouie (www.craigdilouie.com) is the author of the hit zombie novels THE INFECTION and TOOTH AND NAIL as well as THE GREAT PLANET ROBBERY, a science fiction novel, and PARANOIA, a psychological thriller.

Book Trailers, Do They Work?
How to Create a Book Trailer

Josiah Ditoro

Josiah Ditoro
Josiah Ditoro started writing way back when she had to use those scribbler notebooks with space for pictures at the top. She much prefers spending time in the fictional worlds she creates rather than the real one she's forced to live in. Josiah has been involved with the wonderful insanity that is NaNoWrimo since 2005. This year will mark her third year as a co-municipal liaison for Calgary.

NaNoWriMo

Derek Donais

Derek Donais
Derek Donais lives near Calgary. His debut novel, MetalMagic: Talisman, was released in September, 2010, and he is diligently working on the sequel, which is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2011.

Which Door Should I Open?

Jeff Doten

Jeff Doten
Jeff is a working illustrator and the publisher of the Strange Worlds Anthology, an illustrated collection of sword and planet stories. He has done work for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleaontology, Angelic Pictures production of The Pirates of Venus and multiple print and game companies.

Sword & Planet Slide Show

Susan Forest

Susan Forest
2009 Prix Aurora Award finalist and panelist at several Worldcon and World Fantasy cons, Susan Forest is a member of SFWA, IFWA and SF Canada, and works as a fiction editor for Edge. Her stories have appeared in Analog, Asimov's, OnSpec, AE Science Fiction Review and Tesseracts, and her YA novel won the Children's Circle Book Choice Award.

The Fiction/Poetry Intersection
Readers' Theatre Part 1 & 2
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Schmoozing 101
Wilderness Survival for Writers
Reading

Sylvia Forest

Sylvia Forest
A full time Mountain Rescue Specialist for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, Sylvia Forest is one of seven women in Canada to have earned her ACMG Full Mountain Guide Certification. Internationally, Sylvia has climbed in South America, New Zealand, and Alaska, and was a member of the first all female team to climb the East Ridge of Mount Logan in 1993. In addition to summer and winter guiding (climbing and skiing), teaching, and rescue work, Sylvia has conducted backcountry horse patrols, and worked in fire, vegetation and wildlife management. Sylvia and her husband Kim have seven horses that they use for long backcountry trips, and they enjoy expedition style canoeing.

Wilderness Survival for Writers

Stefania Forlini
Stefania Forlini is an assistant professor of English Literature at the University of Calgary. She specializes in late Victorian literature and culture, especially the intersections of literature and science.

Science Fiction in Academia
Game Writing as a Literary Genre

Betsy Fraser

Betsy Fraser
Betsy Fraser is currently a Selector for the Calgary Public Library. In addition to reviewing for VOYA, School Library Journal, and CM (Canadian Review of Materials) she has served on several committees for the American and Canadian Library Association, including the Michael L. Printz Award and the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.

Worth Reading: Middle Grade and YA. New and Hot Books for Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers

Lynn C. Fraser

Lynn C Fraser
Lynn C. Fraser has been the managing editor of FreeFall magazine for the past five years. Her experience as a published writer of non-fiction and poetry helps her with making selections for FreeFall. A graduate of the Banff Writing with Style Program and the Institute of Children?s Literature help fill out her writing background. Having spent a number of years creating custom software training manuals for a variety of companies prior to switching to more creative activities gives Lynn a built in attention to detail that helps her juggle all the tasks of managing a magazine.

So You Want to Write for Children

Ron Friedman

Ron S. Friedman
Ron's short stories appeared in Daily Science Fiction and received an Honourable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Since 2002, Ron is living with his loving wife and two children in Calgary, Alberta. Ron is currently polishing his first completed SF novel.

Turning History Into Fiction
Writing in English as a Second Language

Gayleen Froese

Gayleen Froese
Gayleen Froese is an Edmonton author of paranormal mystery novels. Her latest, Grayling Cross, is the second in a trilogy that began with Touch. It has received positive reviews from the Globe and Mail and the Quill and Quire. She is currently working on the The Sisters, the third book in the trilogy.

NonoWrimo
Reading

Gayleen Froese

Barb Galler-Smith
Barb Galler-Smith is a long-time member of Edmonton's largest speculative fiction writers group and co-founder of a group designed for emerging Speculative fiction writers. She's also an acquisitions editor for On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic. Along with US writer Josh Langston, she's the author of DRUIDS and CAPTIVES, an historical fantasy epic. The third novel in the Druids Saga, WARRIORS, is scheduled for release May 2012.

The Editor Author Relationship
Turning History into Fiction
Writing Difficult Scenes
Writing For the Magazine Market

Neil Godbout

Neil Godbout
Neil Godbout has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa and a master's degree in natural resources and environmental studies from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. He won provincial and national recognition for his work during his 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer before bolting into public relations and communications. Disintegrate is his first novel.

Behind Every Great Story is a Romance
Effective Body Language in Fiction
It's About the Writing
Reading/Book Launch

Dave Gross

Dave Gross
Dave Gross is the author of Prince of Wolves, Master of Devils, and half a dozen other fantasy novels. He's been editor of magazines ranging from Dragon to Star Wars Insider and Amazing Stories. He posts writing updates at frabjousdave.blogspot.com and at "Dave Gross, Author" on Facebook.

Reading
Novel vs. Novella vs. Anthology

Janet Gurtler

Janet Gurtler
Janet Gurtler writes Young Adult fiction and has two books coming out this year from Sourcebooks, I'M NOT HER in May and IF I TELL in October. She does not live in an igloo or play hockey but she does love maple syrup and says "eh" a lot. Visit Janet at www.janetgurtler.com.

What is Young Adult Fiction?

Peter Halasz

Peter Halasz
Award winner, collector, award administrator, and enthusiast are just a few of the things Peter has been called. If you ask him what else he's been called I'm sure he'd be happy to discuss it with you. At length. At great length. His passion for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is renowned.

Doctors and Medicine in SF

Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison
Essayist, editor, and teacher, Richard Harrison's most recent book, with co-presenter Lee Easton, is Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero. He is also an award-winning poet, author of the hockey-themed book Hero of the Play, one of Canada's most successful books of poetry, now in its 14th printing and re-released in 2004 as a 10th anniversary edition. Editorially, Richard oversaw the publication of Calgary's own Frontenac House Press's Quartet 2011, four books of poetry launched in March of this year, and he teaches Creative Writing, Composition, and courses comics and the graphic novel at Mount Royal University.

The Fiction/Poetry Intersection
Graphic Novels & Manga

Lauren Hawkeye

Lauren Hawkeye
Lauren Hawkeye is a writer, theatre enthusiast, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. She's older than she looks-really-and younger than she feels-most of the time-and she loves to explore the journeys that take women through life in her stories.
Check out her upcoming releases from Harlequin Spice Briefs, available September through December of 2011-"Take Me Down", "Tie Me Up", "Lead Me On" and "Pull Me Under".

Let's Talk About Sex
How to Write a Good Pitch and Query
Writing Difficult Scenes

Frances Hern

Frances Hern
Frances Hern writes non-fiction, fiction and poetry. In spring 2011, her poem Blackcurrants was published by Red Claw Press in Crave It, an anthology about food, and her poem In Search of Ezra Pound was published in Freefall Volume XXI Number 1. Her book titled Yip Sang And the First Chinese Canadians will be released by Heritage House Publishing Company in October 2011.

The Fiction/Poetry Intersection
Writers' Groups - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Steena Holmes

Steena Holmes
Steena swears heaven cried when she realized her passion for chocolate could be put to use. Add in a little romance and the secret to her success was born :) Or so she'd like to think. Her Masquerade series contains all the elements she is passionate about - chocolate and romance with a tint of wishful dreaming. She writes erotic romances as Anya Winter and book one of her Masquerade series - The Master is out and The Mask will be released soon. Visit her at www.steenaholmes.com to find out more!

Which Door Should I Open?

Erica Holt

Erica Holt
Erika Holt writes and edits speculative fiction, and has stories forthcoming in Shelter of Daylight, Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead, and Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales. Together with Jaym Gates she co-edited Rigor Amortis, a flash fiction anthology of zombie erotica, and has two more anthologies coming out this year. She also interns for award winning anthologist Jennifer Brozek, reads slush for Scape, contributes to the Inkpunks blog, and is a member of Calgary's local speculative fiction group, the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (IFWA).

Anthologies - What Are They?
Facebook, Twitter & Blogging
Novel vs. Novella vs. Anthology
Tesseracts 15 Reading

Faye Holt

Faye Holt
Faye Reineberg Holt has authored 11 books, one poetry chapbook, and (co-authored) a travel book. Also, she has published articles, interviews, short stories and additional poems. One-time editor and co-editor for Freefall, she has edited three additional books for a trade publisher and individual client. She was writer-in-residence for Calgary Public Library and AWCS and has offered a wide range of workshops, programs and readings for libraries, history organizations and educational groups around the province. She is a frequent visiting writer in schools and has taught in the continuing education for Mount Royal University and U of A. She belongs to a number of writing groups and, this year, she launched a blog called "Can't Quit Learning." For more information, see her website: www.wordsandhistory.ca

Writer?s groups, The Good, Bad and The Ugly
It's About the Writing

Julia Keefe

Julia Keefe
Julia Keefe is a Community Outreach Librarian in the Humanities, Community Heritage and Family History Department at Calgary Public Library. With over 20 years public library experience, Julia has special interest in Adult Readers' Assistance and programming for the Calgary writing community.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Tony King

Tony King
Writer A. R. (Tony) King has been "on the air" in Calgary for 30 years. He is the assistant News Director for QR77 Radio--overworked, underpaid and loving every minute of it. You can see him most mornings on Shaw TV cable 10. But if you listen on the radio he is taller, younger and better looking.

War of the Worlds Reading
Readers' Theatre
The Journey From News Story to Novel
How to Give Author Readings

Bob Laws

Bob Laws
Bob Laws has been involved with AWCS for almost 15 years. He's traveled widely since moving to Canada from the U.K. 30 years ago and mostly writes humourous anecdotes about his travels.

Writers' Groups - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Adria Laycraft

Adria Laycraft
Adria Laycraft is a grateful member of IFWA, a proud survivor...er, graduate of the grueling six-week Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, and an amateur landscape designer. She works as a freelance copywriter and lives in Calgary with her husband and son. Sadly, she is not related to Vala Mal Doran.

Ebooks
How to Write a Good Pitch & Query

Stina LindenBlatt

Stina LindenBlatt
Stina Lindenblatt writes young adults novels and is a contributing member of the Querytracker.net blog. In her spare time, she's also an avid photographer

What is Young Adult Fiction?

Nicole Humphry

Nicole Humphry
Nicole Humphry wrote her first book at age thirteen and was published while still in high school. She is the author of eight young adult novels. Her latest titles are Frost (winner of the Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award and a Red Maple Honour Book), Dreamfire (Gold-medal winner, Moonbeam Award) and its sequel, Dreamline. It is physically impossible for her to go without writing for more than three days in a row. Visit her website at: www.nicoleluiken.com.

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Susan MacGregor

Susan MacGregor
Other than a three year hiatus to study stand-up comedy and the occasional break to work on her writing, Susan MacGregor has been a fiction editor with On Spec magazine since 1991. Her work has been published in On Spec, Northern Frights, and other venues. In 1998, she edited Divine Realms, an anthology through Ravenstone Books, an imprint of Turnstone Press. Her non- fiction book The ABC's of How NOT to Write Speculative Fiction was published in 2006 and has been the source of many workshops presented by On Spec. Currently, she is working on a paranormal romance trilogy set in an alternate medieval Spain where the Inquisition pits itself against gypsy magic. When she isn't writing or editing, she studies Spanish and dances flamenco. She lives in Edmonton, although her mind and heart are usually found elsewhere.

Reading
Writers' Groups - The Good The Bad & The Ugly
Tessaracts 15 Reading
Mysticism, Religion and Magic in Fiction
Writing Difficult Scenes
YA in SF: Then & Now

LawnaMackie

Lawna Mackie
Lawna Mackie is a paranormal/romantic fantasy author with her first book ENCHANTMENT scheduled for release in January 2012. She loves animals, writing, reading, camping and spending time with her family.

Cross Genre Writing
It's About the Writing
Which Door Should I Open?

Louise Marley

Louise Marley
Louise Marley is the award-winning author of fifteen novels of historical, fantasy, and science fiction. A former concert and opera singer, her books often feature musical themes.

Blurring The Boundaries
Doctors & Medicine in SF
Creatures of the Night
Reading

Deb Marshall

Deb Marshall
Deb Marshall is the Assistant Manager, Youth Services of Crossfield Municipal Library and has 25 years experience working in the field of literature and programming for children and young adults. She is also a children's writer and member of SCBWI who blogs her passions at Just Deb (www.debamarshall.com).

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Worth Reading - Young Adult

Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles
Randy McCharles has been active in Calgary's writing community for many years with a focus on dark or humorous fantasy (frequently both). He has received Canada's most prestigious award for SF & F, the Prix-Aurora Award, for both short fiction and fan organization. In 2005 he co-chaired the first Calgary Westercon, and in 2008 chaired the international World Fantasy Convention. In 2010 he conceived When Words Collide and is chair for it's inaugural year. Randy is a long-time member of IFWA, the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, and in 2009 was published in Year's Best Fantasy 9 (David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, ed). He has several stories available from Edge Press.

Keynote
How Did We Do?
Novel vs. Novella vs. Anthology

Ryan McFadden

Ryan McFadden
Ryan McFadden is an award-winning fantasy/SF author in London, Ontario who happens to be a full e-reader convert, and now uses those powers to help code books at http://www.ebooktechnician.com and is the eBook architect for award-winning ChiZine Publications. His novella, "Deus Ex Machina", was part of the Aurora-winning Women of the Apocalypse released in 2009. You can find him next with his story Homo Sanguinus in the Evolve 2 anthology from Edge SF&F due in August, and the story Fight Night in the Broken Time Blues anthology also due out this year. He is busy working on his next project in the always popular Neo-Noir Supernatural Crime Thriller category. Follow him at ryanmcfadden.com

Reading
Writing for the Screen
Fostering the Creative Process
EBooks
Creatures of the Night

Billie Milholland

Billie Milholland
Billie Milholland wrote one of the speculative fiction novellas in the 2010 Aurora winning "Women of the Apocalypse"; a time-travel novella that appeared in the Edmonton Sun in 5 parts; fiction and non-fiction for magazines and newspapers; and fiction and non-fiction for adults, YA and children. She has also published two non-fiction books - one on the Edmonton Journal best seller list for 12 weeks running. She is a social media fanatic, an information junkie and a devoted fan of let's-try-something-new. Current works-in-progress? Too many to list.

Reading
Fostering the Creative Process
Genre Writing - Inspiration or Formula
Facebook, Twitter & Blogging

Shenaaz Nanji

Shenaaz Nanji
Shenaaz Nanji is the author of seven books in children?s fiction some of which have been translated in German, Spanish, Italian, French, Korean & Malayalam. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children. Her novel Child of Dandelions was a finalist in the Governor General Award in Children?s Literature and Notable Book for Global Society by International Reading Association as well as several other awards. Shenaaz believes words have power to change lives and aspires to make a difference in the lives of young people.

So you want to write for children and YA

Virginia O'Dine

Virginia O'Dine
Virginia O'Dine is the publisher for Bundoran Press. She also writes, directs, runs a graphic design business and a small ski resort in her spare time. Recently Virginia wrote the stage adaptation for Robert J. Sawyer's novel Rollback.

Live Action Slush
The Editor/Author Relationship
Blue Pencil Cafe
Schmoozing 101

Dan O'Driscoll

Dan O'Driscoll
Art for him has really always been about exploration. Giving visual form to worlds that existed only in his imagination was to him a liberating experience, a way to explore those worlds and share them with others. Working in freelance illustration has also allowed him to explore and give visual form to worlds that exist in the minds of other creatives. The results of these often challenging, but rewarding explorations have been featured on magazines and novels across North America.

Dan O'Driscoll Slide Show

Heather Osborne

Heather Osborne
Heather Osborne is a long-time member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers' association. She has her master's degree in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and she will be beginning her doctorate in creative writing this fall at the University of Calgary.

Fan Fiction - How Does it Fit
NanoWrimo
Science Fiction in Academia

Sherry Peters

Sherry Peters
Sherry Peters lives in Winnipeg, and started writing around the time she learned to hold a crayon. Her first success was with "The Greatest Honor" (Aoife's Kiss, Sept. 2007), which went on to be featured in their best-of anthology "Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 8". Sherry graduated from Odyssey in 2005 and earned her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2009. She lived in Northern Ireland for a year and is a member of the Imaginative Fiction Writer's Association (IFWA) in Calgary.

Silencing Your Inner Saboteur

Mike Plested

Mike Plested

Mike Plested is an author, a blogger and a podcaster. His writing podcast, "Get Published", has been nominated for a Parsec award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. His first YA novel, "Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero" is contracted for a Spring 2012 release and he is self-publishing his YA Novel, "The Mystery of Lake Chulala" in July of this year.

What is YA?
So You Want to Write for Children

Carolyn Pogue

Carolyn Pogue
Carolyn Pogue is the author of 14 books for adults, teens and children. She writes fiction and nonfiction. Her YA novel Gwen was shortlisted for the 2010 W.O. Mitchell Book Award. This year, she served as Writer-in-Residence at The Alexandra Writers' Centre and had a glorious time. Check her out at www.carolynpogue.ca

Reading
What is YA Fiction?
How to give Author Readings

Kent Pollard

Kent Pollard
Kent Pollard is the 2011 Canadian Unity Fan Fund delegate. He dabbled in conventional publishing and spent 25 years as a bookseller, before recently taking a sharp turn into network support for the University of Saskatchewan. He began writing at the age of 12, when inspired by Ian Fleming, then switched to SF a year later when he discovered Isaac Asimov. He is an omnivorous reader of F&SF, and writes short fiction with a humorous tint. He lives where he has spent most of his life in Saskatoon, with his wife and an assortment of pets that all boss him around.

YA in SF Then and Now
Facebook, Twitter & Blogging

Jennifer Rahn

Jennifer Rahn
Jennifer Rahn is the author of the dark fantasy novels "The Longevity Thesis" and "Wicked Initiations". She also has short stories in Dragon Moon Press' "Podthology", and the upcoming anthologies "Strange Worlds", "When The Earth Shook" and "The Wickeds". Jennifer has degrees in Pharmacology and Medical Sciences, and currently works in academia and the biotech industry.

Doctors and Medicine in SF
Mysticism, Religion and Magic in Fiction

Gary Renshaw

Gary Renshaw
Gary Renshaw doesn't believe in specialisation. He does, however, believe in British spelling. He's an actor, voice artist, carpenter, black smith, writer, teacher, Linux guru, crisis counsellor and martial artist. He appeared in The Great Sperm Race as a stunt sperm and currently works at the medical school playing with student brains. He's completed a feature-length screenplay, several short stories, is working on three novels and a non-fiction book. Gary is a long-time member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association and has a — whimsical — sense of humour. Look deeply into his eyes.

War of the Worlds Reading
Readers' Theatre Part 1 & 2
Writing for the Screen

Timothy Reynolds

Timothy Reynolds
Tim Reynolds is a writer, editor, and artist with degrees in History and Education. His own ancestors have danced in and around history from being banished from Salem, MA, to involvement in the Russian Revolution and so it's no surprise that a common element in his screenplays, novels and shorts is a blending of historical facts with fictional tales.

Anthologies - What Are They?
Turning History Into Fiction
Readers' Theatre Part 1 & 2
Mysticism, Religion and Magic in Fiction

Candice Robinson

Candice Robinson
Candice Robinson has been writing in various forms since she was five but really got serious about it when discovering National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2004. 2011 will be her second year as a Municipal Liaison (regional organizer) in Calgary and she has reached 50,000 words five times (in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010). She writes a little of everything, but mostly dabbles in fantasy and science fiction during NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo

Robert Runté

Robert Runté
Dr. Robert Runté is an associate professor at the University of Lethbridge and an acquisition editor with Five Rivers Publications. Previously, he was on the editorial boards of On Spec Magazine and Tesseract Books; and in 1996 he co-edited (with Yves Meyard) the Tesseracts5 SF anthology. In 1989, his Guide to Canadian Science Fiction won an Aurora Award; he won a second Aurora in 1990.

Editor/Author Relationship
Tesseracts 15 Reading
Pitch Session
Blue Pencil Cafe
Reading

Cliff Samuels

Cliff Samuels
Fan and convention organizer for over 30 years, Cliff is a rabid book collector whose home is sinking under the weight of his ever growing stacks of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. He has run almost every type of department at conventions and has been a fixture at them giving talks on the publishing scene. Outside of books, Cliff is a foodie and for both Calgary's Westercon and World Fantasy conventions produced extensive guides to downtown restaurants and services.

What's Worth Reading in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Alison Sinclair

Alison Sinclair
Alison Sinclair has published science fiction novels Legacies (Millennium (Orion), UK, 1995; HarperPrism, US, 1996), Blueheart (Millennium (Orion), UK, 1996; HarperPrism, US, 1998), and Cavalcade (Millennium (Orion), UK, 1998), collaborative SF novel Throne Price (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Canada, 2003), and fantasy novels Darkborn (ROC, US, 2009), Lightborn (ROC, US, 2010), and Shadowborn (ROC, US, 2011). Cavalcade was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke award in 1999 and her short story "Suspended Lives", about a telepresence surgeon, appeared in the Aurora-award winning anthology Space, Inc (edited by Julie Czerneda, DAW, 2003). After an odyssey through several higher learning institutions, various branches of science, and assorted cities in the western hemisphere, she now lives in Montr al, Canada, and works in Health Technology Assessment, where innovation meets evidence meets economics. Her website is at http://www.alisonsinclair.ca/.

Editor/Author Relationship
Doctors and Medicine in SF
Technology, Biology and Liberty
Reading

Ellen Smith

J. Ellen Smith
Starting out as an author, J. Ellen Smith, of Champagne Books developed an interest in the publishing end of things and soon worked her way through several positions, apprenticing at a small local press before venturing out with her own company. With practical experience combined with a strong business sense, she is proud of the accomplishments made by Champagne Books, its staff and authors.

Pitch Sessions
Schmoozing 101

BoB Stallworthy

Bob Stallworthy
Bob Stallworthy has been writing and publishing poetry for 25 years. He has 4 books of poetry published and one non-fiction e-book published on the Frontenac House website. His poetry has been shortlisted for the W.O.Mitchell, City of Calgary Book Prize twice and for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry once. He is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, a co-recipient of the 2002 Calgary Freedom of Expression Award and a Lifetime member of the Writers Guild of Alberta.

How To Give Author Readings
The Fiction/Poetry Intersection
Reading

Dan St. Yves

Dan St. Yves
Dan's humour columns and feature articles have appeared in regional and national magazines, plus major-market newspapers across Canada since 2000 (including The Kelowna Daily Courier, The Calgary Herald, and online in The National Post, Windsor Star, Ottawa Citizen and Regina's Leader-Post). His new project in the digital world offers free audio downloads of interviews with authors, actors and more at http://thatdanguy.libsyn.com/.

Pitch & Query
It's about the Writing

Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson
An artist and a writer, Steve Swanson is currently working on Dodge the Bullet, a webcomic featuring the adventures of the world's nastiest music critic. When not drawing the comic Steve works on digital paintings such as the poster for this very convention and writes short stories and novels.
Steve and his wife Danielle currently reside in Airdrie, Alberta with their two cats, Cowboy and Hiro.

Graphic Novels and Manga
Readers' Theatre Part 1 & 2
War of the Worlds Reading

Det. Sweet

Det. Sweet
Det. Sweet became a member of the Calgary Police Service in 1998 after graduating from the Mount Royal College Criminology program. He has worked in general patrol, general investigations, the Drug Unit and in the Organized Crime Section. Det Sweet brings to his presentation his extensive experience with suspicious death investigations in the Homicide Unit. He?ll leave you spell bound as he reveals how dead men do talk.

Dead Men Do Talk

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor is an undergraduate student of chemistry having just completed his fourth year of study. He has just discovered the importance of nuclear power and want to spread the word.

Fukashima Power Plant

Diane Walton

Diane Walton
Diane Walton has been with On Spec since it began in 1989, and currently serves as Managing Editor. Her own fiction has been published in the "Northern Frights" and "Divine Realms" anthologies, as well as appearing on the pages of On Spec. She lives in Alberta with her husband, Rick, and two spoiled cats.

Writing For the Canadian Market
Writing For the Magazine Market
Blue Pencil Cafe

Janna Willard

Janna Willard
Janna Willard (nee Hoskin) has been participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) on and off since 2001, has been a Municipal Liaison (regional organizer) since 2005 - in Calgary until 2008 and in Saskatoon since 2009 - and a moderator since 2006, and has reached 50,000 words three times (in 2006, 2008, and 2009). She writes a little of everything, but mostly YA novels and children's books about people with disabilities. She and her husband live on an acreage outside of Saskatoon, with a cat and a guinea pig.

Blurring The Boundaries
So You Want to Write For Children
Writers' Groups - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
NanoWrimo

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga, a ten-novel series peopled by well-loved, larger than life characters, set in a universe designed to make conflicts personal. Developed over many years, multiple careers, and three post-secondary degrees, Lynda's work features culture clash and moral dilemmas based on sexuality, power and economic survival strategies. Books one through six are in print with book seven, Healer's Sword, coming out in September 2011. The series is published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Lynda is also editor of the Okal Rel Legacies series published by Absolute XPress, featuring works set in the Okal Rel universe that are written by authors who saw stories left untold by the main series. Lynda writes a weekly feature called "The Writer's Craft" at the Clarion Blog. She works as an instructional designer at BCIT in Burnaby, B.C. She has also worked as a computing instructor at the college and university level, a journalist, a tech support analyst, e-learning coordinator and librarian. Google "Lynda Williams" or "Okal Rel" for glimpses of the Okal Rel Universe in the world. A list of Okal Rel Universe publications can be found at http://okalrel.org/books.html

Behind Every Great Story is a Romance
Writing Difficult Scenes
Journey From News Story to Novel
Technology Biology and Liberty
Reading

Pamela Yaye

Pamela Yaye
Pamela Sadadi Yaye has a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education and her love for African-American fiction prompted her to pursue a career in writing romance. Within weeks of landing her agent, she had a two-book deal with Kimani Press and is set to release her tenth book in February 2012. When she's not working on her latest novel, this busy wife, mother, and teacher, is watching basketball, (Go Boston!) cooking, or planning her next vacation. Pamela lives in Airdrie, Alberta with her gorgeous husband and adorable, but mischevious son and daughter.

Let's Talk About Sex