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.
. We update monthly. (Last updated:
2014-04-15) All items are considered tentative until the final schedule is released.
Angela Ackerman is a writing coach and co-author of the #1 bestselling resource, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression as well as the bestselling pair, The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws. You can find her at Writers Helping Writers, a hub for all things description.
Samantha Baldwin is the founder of
The Writer's Midwife where she runs inspiration-based writing
workshops and offers one on one writing coaching. She graduated from
Athabasca University at Mount Royal University with an English degree
in 2012 and has her poetry published in Freefall Magazine and Blue
Skies Poetry online.
Ron Bender has worked as a consultant for
the Canadian and Provincial governments and the private sector, as an
international business consultant, business process trouble-shooter,
and marketing specialist. Currently, he is spearheading the
development of business process plans for one of Calgary's several
MAKER groups. Ron has thirty-seven years of RPG experience. He spent
the majority of that time running and designing games using the
customizable GURPS system while focusing on gaming as an interactive
storytelling forum. He planned, coordinated, and ran a character
driven RPG campaign for seven consecutive years. Using his RPG
storytelling experience as a framework, he has recently begun writing
novels and just completed the first book in a historical fantasy
Shawn L. Bird
Shawn L. Bird is a high school English teacher, Young Adult author, and poet
in the beautiful Shuswap region of BC. She maintains an active daily blog
of poetry and observations at www.shawnbird.com. She is represented by the
Susan Bohnet has an Associate Degree in
Arts and Letters with a major in psychology from Ricks College, and a
Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Resource Development
from Brigham Young University. She lives in Alberta with her husband,
five children, and a cute (but rather naughty) Yorkshire terrier. She
has written a newspaper column called Family Frenzi for 18 years and
has had two short stories published. My Life as a Troll is her
You can follow Susan through her website at www.susanbohnet.com, or
through her Facebook page at My Life as a Troll.
Susan Calder is the author of Deadly Fall (Touchwood Editions, 2011), a
murder mystery novel set in Calgary. Her second novel, a yet-to-be-published
sequel to Deadly Fall, is a finalist in The Sandy Writing Contest. Susan's
short stories have been published in magazines and won or placed in
contests, most recently the 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. She teaches
novel and short story writing courses at the Alexandra Writers Centre
Society and is the Southern Alberta Representative for the Crime Writers of
Read more at www.susancalder.com.
Billed as Canada's Queen of Comedy by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014) Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich.
Melodie got her start writing stand-up. In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. Her crime and fantasy novels have been described by industry reviewers as hilarious.
Winner of nine awards, Melodie is a two time finalist for both the Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards for crime writing. She has over 200 publications, 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels, including the Rowena Through the Wall fantasy series, and The Goddaughter mob caper series.
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.
Dwayne Clayden is Paramedic with over
30 years in Emergency Services. A former police officer, Tactical
Paramedic, and EMS Chief, Dwayne has been involved in the training of
paramedics and tactical paramedics and an international conference
speaker for more than 20 years. Dwayne has published four textbooks
for paramedics. Dwayne is an Action/Thriller writer of police
procedurals. Blood and Guts (WWC 2013) was a follow -up to his 2012
When Words Collide presentation last year "Drugs as a Murder Weapon".
Cheryl Cottreau is a “writer and a
poet and a mystic and a muse”. She published her first work Whisper
of a Vision in May 2013 and is working on two other books at this
time. She has been journaling since she first had her first “little
red book” when she was ten. She feels that journalling has been one
of her greatest tools in her path of self-discovery. She blogs
regularly on her website www.cherylcottreau.com.
Ryah Deines works for Tyche Books where
she has complete control over Tyche’s audio book line, including
hiring the narrators, editing the raw audio, and getting the product
ready for sale either on CD or through Audible.com. Ryah thinks the best thing
in life is to be curled up on a couch with a good book to read, and a
purring kitty on her lap. While this Aurora Award nominee gets many
opportunities to do just that, it is just never enough to satisfy her
voracious reading appetite.
Craig DiLouie is the author of seven
novels published by small and big presses, with his latest horror
novel, SUFFER THE CHILDREN, published by Simon & Schuster. He blogs
about horror film and fiction at CraigDiLouie.com.
Sandra Fitzpatrick has been
helping artists, writers, actors and other creative people with their
taxes since 2006. Many have not known the deductions available as
self-employed people and she does several seminars each year to bring this
information and more on the basics of financial planning to them. She
has been writing fantasy and science fiction for over ten years and is
a long time member of IFWA.
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 short stories
appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Not Just Rockets And Robots, Age Of
Certainty, sold to Galaxy’s Edge and received Honourable Mentions in
Writers of the Future Contest (2011 and 2013).
Ron was winner of the 2013 Aurora Awards – Fan Related category, and
appeared as a panelist at When Words Collide, Con-version and Calgary
Ron is on the board of directors of the Canadian Science-Fiction and
Fantasy Association and When Words Collide festival, and he is an
active IFWA member.
Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mother
called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She lives in Edmonton with her
husband and daughter. When she isn't writing about the
post-apocalyptic world, she is doing her best to prevent an apocalypse
as an environmental consultant. She is the author of the Cargon series
as well as Thickness of Blood and Never Say Die: A Zombie
Time Loop Story. You can find her anywhere online as Kimmydonn,
including her website, Kimmydonn.com.
Ron Hore can be found sailing on Lake
Winnipeg when not writing novels or critiquing for an on-line
magazine. A member of several writing groups, with published short
stories, and two medieval-style fantasy novels, "The Dark Lady" and
"The Queen’s Pawn" in print and ebook format, plus six novellas: "The
Housetrap Chronicles" a fantasy detective series. Two sequels in the
Dark Lady series arrive in 2014. These are available through
Champagne/BURST Books. Supervised by his wife and a large, demanding
cat, his writings fall under fantasy, with wanderings into science
fiction and horror.
Updates on Ron and writing: www.ronaldhore.com and www.facebook.com/RonaldJHore.
Axel Howerton is the author of the
darkly funny hardboiled detective novel Hot Sinatra, and the
mini-anthology Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy. Axel is a former
entertainment journalist, and the co-creator of the annual Coffin Hop
horror author/artist event. His short fiction has recently appeared in
various magazines and anthologies, including Fires on the
Plain, Big Pulp, Lebowski 101, A Career Guide To
Your Job In Hell and the best-selling holiday collection Let It
Snow: Season's Readings For A Super-Cool Yule. He is the editor of
the books Coffin Hop: Death by Drive-In and the upcoming weird
western anthology The Horse Always Gets It First, which will
debut at When Words Collide 2014. Website: www.axelhowerton.com.
Jessica L. Jackson
Jessica L. Jackson, a proud member of
the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association, has lived in Southern
Alberta since 1997. She began writing romances in her twenties when
her three children were young. Within the last year she has
e-published two novellas with Ellora’s Cave in their Blush line and
two paranormal/contemporaries which are part of a three-book
series. Encouraged by one of the WWC 2012 sessions on self-publishing,
Jessica has also self-published three time/historical novels through
Amazon.com as e-books and a Regency novella. Julian’s Chance, a
contemporary angel novel and part of the Searching For Series was
released early this summer. Her website is: jessicaleolajackson.com.
Sarah Kades loves travel, adventure, the
great outdoors and writing romance novels. She has called the United
States, Scotland and Canada home. She has a lingering fascination with
helicopters from her days as an archaeologist, but it is great writing
inspiration, so she’s not too worried. She loves writing stories that
entertain and inspire people in the magic in all of us, the natural
world, and the power of love. She has two titles out, Claiming
Love and the short story Duke Out at the Diner. She is
currently working on The Tanner Series, a five book series revolving
around five siblings and one heck of a family history. When she is not
writing or giving writing workshops, she is playing, usually outside,
with her family or planning their next adventure. http://www.sarahkades.com
Born in Edmonton, AB, Halli Dee
Lilburn teaches art journaling at local schools and through
educational programs. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction and
Young Adult fiction. She has work published in Canada's History,
Canadian Stories, Poetry quarterly and other literary journals. Her
novel SHIFTERS is published through Imajin Books.
She now resides in southern Alberta with her husband and three
children and works at the local library. She is a gardener, artist,
photographer, seamstress, genealogist, and singer. She can pick up
spiders, handle the sight of blood, subdue aggressive dogs, make a
mean grilled cheese, and keep her sanity. Most of the time.
She can be found at: hallililburn.blogspot.com
Stina Lindenblatt writes New Adult
contemporary romances and currently lives in Calgary with her husband
and three kids. When she isn’t writing or lost in a romance novel,
Stina loves to spend her free time behind the camera lens. Her debut
New Adult contemporary romance TELL ME WHEN (Carina Press, HQN) is now
available. LET ME KNOW (Carina Press) will be available Sept 1st,
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.
Jodi McIsaac is the author of the
bestselling Thin Veil contemporary fantasy series, as well as
the short story A Cure for Madness, a sci-fi thriller. She grew
up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short-track speed
skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the
nonprofit sector, she started a boutique copywriting agency and began
writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. She currently lives
with her husband and children in Calgary, where she is working on her
Joanne Morcom is a Calgary social
worker and writer who has published two poetry collections and
co-authored two poetry anthologies. Her poetry also appears in a
variety of print and online publications. She's a founding member of
The Magpie Haiku & Tanka Poets, and belongs to The Writers Guild of
Alberta, The Independent Publishers Association of Canada, Haiku
Canada and Tanka Canada. Visit her at www.joannemorcom.ca.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Sherry Peters is a writer and a certified Success Coach for writers specializing in the areas of goal setting and eliminating writer's block. Festival attendees may know Sherry best from her workshop Silencing Your Inner Saboteur. She is excited to be launching her debut novel, a YA Fantasy, Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf. Sherry attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop and earned her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. For more information on Sherry, visit her website at www.dwarvenamazon.com.
Marie Powell (http://mepowell.com/) is a
professional writer based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Scholastic Canada
published her children’s book Dragonflies are Amazing and Red Line
will publish her six-book beginning-reader series this fall. Her
award-winning short stories and poems appear in such literary
magazines as subTerrain, Room, and Transition. She holds a Master of
Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing from the University of
British Columbia (UBC), among other degrees, and her articles appear
in more than 70 markets across Canada and internationally. Her writing
workshops are popular across Saskatchewan, and have led to a monthly
freewriting club in Regina.
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.
Jodie Renner, a sought-after freelance
editor specializing in thrillers and other fast-paced fiction, has
published two craft-of-writing guides (both also available as eBooks)
to date in her series, An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling
Fiction: the multi-award-winning FIRE
UP YOUR FICTION (formerly titled Style That Sizzles & Pacing
for Power), and WRITING
A KILLER THRILLER, which appeals to writers of any genre. For more
info, please visit Jodie’s author website, her editor website, or her
blogs (The Kill
Fiction Collective, and Resources for
Writers), or find her on Facebook,
Twitter, or Google+.
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.
Since 2004 Garry Ryan has published eight
novels with NeWest Press. The second, The Lucky Elephant
Restaurant, won a 2007 Lambda Literary Award. In 2009, Ryan was
awarded Calgary’s Freedom of Expression Award. www.garryryan.ca .
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer is the author of
Hugo Award-winner Hominids, Nebula Award-winner The Terminal
Experiment, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winner
Mindscan, plus Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity,
Calculating God, Humans, Rollback, and Wake, all of which
were Hugo finalists. Other awards: 2014 Skylark Award; China's Galaxy
Award for "Most Popular Foreign SF Writer;" three Japanese Seiun
Awards; thirteen Canadian Aurora Awards (plus Lifetime Acheivement
Aurora); as well as Analog's Analytical Laboratory Award,
Science Fiction Chronicle's Reader Award, and the Crime Writers
of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, all for best short-story of the year.
The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the
same name. Website: sfwriter.com.
Hayden Trenholm’s stories have
appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny,
Talebones, and on CBC radio. In 2008, he won the Canadian Science
Fiction Aurora Award, Like Water in the Desert. He won a second
Aurora in 2011 for his short story, The Burden of Fire. His
first SF novel, Defining Diana, (Bundoran Press 2008) and
sequel, Steel Whispers, (2009) were nominated for Aurora
Awards. Stealing Home, (2010) and received an Aurora and a
Sunburst Award nomination. He won the 2013 Aurora Award for editing
the anthology, Blood and Water. He is the managing editor of
Bundoran Press. And recently edited the anthology: Strange
Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver,
Canada with her husband and two cats. Her friends call her a needle
crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short
stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead; Evolve,
Vampires of the Future Undead; Chronicles of the Order; Crossed Genres
magazine; LocoThology; The Urban Green Man; and Luna Station
Quarterly. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness
Nerd columnist for the Functional Nerds and slush reads for Lightspeed
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