At When Words Collide you will find presentations, discussions,
readings, and signings by each year's festivals guests. However, the
bulk of the festival program consists of activities presented by
attending experts in the literary arena: authors, editors, artists,
poets, playwrights, and others involved in creating the written word.
The program for the When Words Collide 2013 is currently being
developed and you can see our progress here. We update monthly. (Last updated:
E.R. Brown worked as a stagehand,
recording engineer, computer programmer, technical writer and
chandelier cleaner before settling down and writing for a
living. After over fifteen years as a copywriter for advertising,
marketing and corporate communications, he turned to fiction. His work
has appeared in literary magazines and on CBC Radio. His first novel,
Almost Criminal, will be available in the spring of 2013. Born in
Montreal, he now lives in Vancouver.
Anne Burke is a Full Member of the League
of Canadian Poets and was President of the Writers Guild of Alberta.
She received the Alberta Centennial Medal. in addition to the Queen
Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award and Diamond Jubilee Award for her
contributions to Canada. She edits The Prairie Journal of Canadian
Literature which she founded and is Series Editor of The Living
Archives Series. She co-founded Alberta Magazine Publishers
Association (where she represented arts,literary, and cultural
magazines) and is a member of the Cultural Magazines Committee for
Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best this year when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich.
Melodie got her start writing comedy (stand-up and columns.) In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. She has over 200 publications including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories and 4 novels. Her fifth novel, a mob caper entitled The Goddaughter's Revenge (Orca Books), will be released Oct. 1. She has won 6 awards for fiction, and was a finalist for both the 2012 Derringer and Arthur Ellis Awards.
Melodie is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada. Her humour column Bad Girl appears in The Sage.
Aurora Award winning author Suzanne
Church lives in Ontario. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and
Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her
short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld and Cicada, and in several
anthologies including Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the
Leah Crichton is a wife, mother of three and YA/new adult author currently residing in Calgary, AB. Her day job is in the very technical world of GIS so when the sun sets, she welcomes the voices in her head and often writes down what they have to say. Sometimes, when she's lucky, they turn into decent stories. She has penned several novels and worked with Sony Music Canada in writing the official fan fiction for the British boy band, One Direction. Her compiled works have attracted over 3.5 million reads on Wattpad and counting. http://www.leah-crichton.com/
Two-time Prix Aurora Award nominee, and
winner of The Galaxy Project, juried by Robert Silverberg,
David Drake and Barry Malzberg, Susan Forest is a writer of science
fiction, fantasy and horror, and fiction editor for Edge Press. You
can find her works in Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog
Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies,
Tesseracts, AE Science Fiction Review, OnSpec and
the Urban Green Man or in her collection, Immunity to
Strange Tales (Five Rivers Press). You can check out her website
Aaron Kite is a writer/artist who likes
putting slashes between occupations, and who very rarely refers to
himself in the third person. He was one of the founding members of the
amateur writing group Starting Write Now, as well as countless
side-projects which he'd mention by name if the government would
finally get around to granting him immunity.
He has three finished novels presently, the first of which is
scheduled for release in the latter half of 2013. Recently, his novel
A Touch of Poison won the 2012 Watty Award for Most Popular Fantasy,
and has received over 2.7 million reads in the past 14 months. Aaron
currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Nina Munteanu is an ecologist and
internationally published novelist and short story author of science
fiction and fantasy. She is currently editor of SF Europa, a zine
dedicated to informing the European SF community.
Nina's guide for writers called "The Fiction Writer: Get Published,
Write Now!" by Starfire World Syndicate was adopted by several
colleges and universities throughout North America and Europe. It was
recently published by Editura Paralela 45 in Romania. The next book in
her writing guide series "The Journal Writer: Finding Your Voice" will
be released in early 2013.
For more information about booking her workshops, consultations, or
speaking appearances visit www.NinaMunteanu.com.
Terry Nicholaichuk received his
Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in
1987. He has worked as a psychologist, researcher, program director
and regional and national administrator in Federal Corrections. He
also has specialised training and experience in the diagnosis of
learning disorders. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of
Saskatchewan. He was, until recently, the Director of Research at the
Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon. His publications and
research interests are in the areas of sex offender assessment, sex
offender treatment outcome and dynamic predictors of risk.
Rosemary Nixon is a pre-eminent short
story writer, novelist, and free-lance editor. Her collection,
Mostly Country, a Nunatak Fiction imprint: especially selected
works of outstanding fiction by new western writers, was
shortlisted for the Howard O'Hagan Award. The Cock's Egg won the
Howard O'Hagan. Her novel, Kalila was longlisted for the ReLit Award
and shortlisted for the George Bugnet Award. Her latest, Are You
Ready To Be Lucky? will be released in fall of 2013.
Rosemary won Grain Magazine's Postcard Competition, has been
awarded a Fellowship to write at Scotland's Hawthornden Castle, and
invited as Canadian Guest Writer to Portugal's DISQUIET International
Literary Festival. She has taught creative writing for over twenty
years, including Writing With Style at the Banff Center, Sage Hill
Writing Experience in Saskatchewan, and Writing Away in Greece. She
has judged numerous literary competitions, including the Grant MacEwan
Award, the Brenda Strathern Award, the CBC Literary Competition, and
the Writers Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition. Rosemary has
served as Writer-in-Residence for the Markin-Flanagan Distinguished
Writers Programme, for the University of Windsor, Ontario, for the
Canadian Authors Association, and most recently as Writer-in-Residence
at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Gary Renshaw is an actor, voice artist,
carpenter, black smith, author, 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 the
brains of students. He's completed several screenplays, a plethora of
short stories (including Family Way which took 2nd place in the
2011 short story contest and Vacation appearing in the
Spring 2013 On Spec) and is working on a half dozen novels. Gary is a
long-time member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association and
has a — whimsical — sense of humour. He shares something
wonderful with the actresses Daniela Ruah and Jane Seymour.
Nola Sarina is the author of The Vesper
Series and co-author of the blog New Stories, Old Book featuring
articles, interviews and posts on all things Biblical FanFiction.
Nola lives in Southern Alberta, Canada with her husband and three
children. Born in Minnesota and raised to appreciate reading and
writing of all types from an early age, she found her favorite titles
within the genres of Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror.
Inspired by the lessons of her Catholic upbringing, Nola drew upon
her fascination with sin and penance to fathom new creatures of
nightmares to devour the human race: Vespers, demons cursed by the
serpent guardian of the apple tree in the story of Original Sin. The
characters of Boundless Obsidian will make readers question what sins
are worth dying for and which beliefs must be challenged to carve a
new path in life.
Hayden Trenholm (www.haydentrenholm.com) is a
Parliamentary policy analyst and an award-winning playwright and
author. He has twice won the Aurora Award for short fiction and been
nominated for Best Novel three times. His novel, Stealing Home
was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. He lives with his wife,
Elizabeth, in Ottawa.
2011 Fantasy Guest Jack Whyte Returns!
See here for his biography.