At When Words Collide you will find presentations, discussions,
readings, and signings by each year's festivals guests and additional
attending experts in the literary arena: authors, editors, artists,
poets, playwrights, and others involved in creating the written
word. If you have ideas for topics you would like to see, please let
us know at: email@example.com.
Last year's program is available here
Program Space Layout
2014 Programming Space
Call For Presenters
If you would like to participate in this year's program, please have a look here.
Call For Panel Moderators
If you would like to moderate a discussion panel, please have a look here. Note that moderators may also
opt to be participants on panels they moderate.
2014 Program In Development
Please have a look at our progress here
. We update monthly. (Last updated:
2014-01-14) All items are considered tentative until the final schedule is released.
Confirmed Presenters / Panelists
Marty writes plays for adults and books for kids. A vagabond of writing genres, Marty has written for theatre, television, radio, and kids publishing. Best known for his play, Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl, Marty has over 25 plays that have been produced around the world. He was nominated for a Gemini for his television pilot, The Orange Seed Myth, and he entertained CBC Radio listeners for six years with his Dim Sum Diaries commentaries. Today, kids enjoy his novels that include The Mystery of the Frozen Brains and Barnabas Bigfoot: A Close Shave. His latest novel, The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate, is a steampunk fantasy for young adults. In 2011, Marty served as the Edmonton Public Library's writer-in-residence. For more information, go to www.martychan.com.
Two-time Prix Aurora Award finalist 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 a fiction editor
for Edge Press. You can find her stories in Analog, Asimov's, OnSpec, Blood
and Water, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, AE Science Fiction Review,
and The Urban Green Man, or in her collection, Immunity to Strange Tales
(Five Rivers Press). www.speculative-fiction.ca.
Ron S. Friedman
Ron S. Friedman's stories appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Not Just Rockets And Robots, Age Of Certainty anthology, sold to Galaxy's Edge magazine and received Honourable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest (2011, 2013).
Winner of the 2013 Aurora Awards - Fan Related category, Ron
as a panelist at When Words Collide, Con-version and Calgary Comic Expo.
Ron is currently working on his second novel, and in 2015 he will edit an anthology for EDGE with the theme: Colonizing the Solar System.
Ron is on CSFFA and WWC boards, and an active IFWA member.
Randy McCharles is active in
Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative
fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. In 2009 he received
Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction, the Aurora
Award, for the novella Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta
which appeared in Tesseracts 12 (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publishing) and was also reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy 9 (David
Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer, ed). Additional short stories and
novellas are available in various publications from Edge Press,
including his two latest titles: The Puzzle Box and Urban Green
Man. Randy's first full length novel, Capone's Chicago, will be
available in 2014.
Mahrie G Reid
An avid reader and Nancy Drew fan, Mahrie wrote her first mystery book at
age eight and the handwritten copy of Mystery on Tancook Island still
exists. Pursuing an education, a husband and kids and a busy career overtook
her writing for many years. Over the years she read copiously, studied
writing craft and shared her learning in workshops, conferences and courses
and always kept writing, publishing non-fiction, short stories and poetry as
Mahrie Glab. She has now come full circle, returning to writing mystery
novels, this time with a touch of romance. The first in the Caleb Cove
Mysteries series is due for publication in 2014. Mahrie is a member of
Alberta Romance Writers Association, Crime Writers of Canada and a graduate
of Calgary's Citizen's Police Academy and Private Investigation 101.
Gary Renshaw appeared in The Great
Sperm Race as a stunt sperm and currently works at the medical
school playing with the brains of students. His short story
Vacation appears in On Spec's Spring 2013 issue. He's completed
his third novel in a chick-lit urban fantasy series. 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.