Program

Program development for August 2016 is underway. Click here if you would like to join us as a presenter or have ideas for things you would like to see.

2016 Program In Development

Please have a look at our progress here. We update monthly. (Last updated: 2016-03-09) All items are considered tentative until the final schedule is released.

(Last year's on-line Program Book and Quick Guide are available.)

Master Classes

This year there are 5 Master Classes being presented by our guests of honour both before and after the festival. Please go to the Master Class registration page to see the descriptions.


2016 Festival Guests


Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Marty writes plays for adults and books for kids. A vagabond of writing genres, Marty has written stage plays, TV scripts, and Y/A novels. He’s written over 25 plays that have been produced around the world. His hit comedy Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl had productions across Canada as well as an Off Broadway production in 2004. His thriller, The Bone House, was a hit at the Edmonton Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His popular Marty Chan Mystery series won over kids from across Canada as well as the City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2005 and a Diamond Willow Award in 2007. His Y/A steampunk fantasy series The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles is his first into this genre. The first book in the series, Demon Gate, was nominated for an Aurora Award as well as a High Plains Book Award. The third book in the series is expected to launch in 2017. Marty’s new fantasy series Keepers of the Vault hit bookstores in 2015. The second book, The Haunted Melody, will be released in the fall of 2016.

http://www.martychan.com/

Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda
Her first novel, A Thousand Words for Stranger, was published in 1997 to rave reviews, including being a finalist for the Campbell Best New Writer award. Since then, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has continued to share her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals, terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her novel, In the Company of Others won the Prix Aurora in 2001, as did her short story that same year, Left Foot on a Blind Man. Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her first fantasy, A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora. Now a series, Night’s Edge, Book #2 was released in 2014, A Play of Shadow.
As a professional editor of fiction and non-fiction, Julie has fifteen SF/F anthologies in print, including the Tales from the Wonder Zone series, winner of the Golden Duck Award, and a Canadian Science Writers Association Award (for Polaris). Her first for DAW, Space Inc. won an Aurora Award as did Under Cover of Darkness, co-edited by Jana Paniccia. Her favourite win however remains the dozens of first-time sales to be found in her anthologies.
But her first story, begun in Thousand and grown into the Clan Chronicles, isn’t done quite yet. Julie’s in the midst of writing the finale trilogy, with This Gulf of Time and Stars, Book #1 of Reunification out in Nov 2015, to be followed by The Gate to Futures Past Sept 2016.

http://www.czerneda.com/

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is the author of nine novels in the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers.
The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years that should be on your bookshelf. The series is being adapted for television.

www.ianhamiltonbooks.com

Robert Runté

Robert Runté
Dr. Robert Runté took early retirement as a professor at the UoL to become Senior Editor with Five Rivers Publishing and a freelance editor and writing coach at SFeditor.ca. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for 35 years. In addition to writing dozens of conference papers, articles, book chapters, and entries in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, he was a founding board member of SF Canada, NonCon and Context; co-editor of Tesseracts5 and editor of the NCF Guide to Canadian SF.
He has won three Aurora Awards for his promotion of Canadian SF, and two of the first novels by new authors he edited for Five Rivers were nominated for Auroras. He has edited books by Dave Duncan, Leslie Gadallah, Sally McBride, Susan MacGregor, Marie Powell, Mike Plested, Susan Bohnet, Hank Hargreaves, and non-fiction by John Poulsen, Nate Hendley, Patrick Lima, Colin Scheyen, among others. He is married, has two daughters, and writes and edits using a treadmill desk.

sfeditor.ca

Eve Silver

Eve Silver
National bestselling author Eve Silver writes for both teens and adults. She has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. In 2015 she won the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award. Her work was shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy (2014), and was both an American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013). She has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd. And a snake called Ragnar.

evesilver.net


Returning Festival Guests from Previous Years


Adrienne Kerr

Adrienne Kerr
Adrienne Kerr has more than 17 years of experience in book publishing with expertise in retail, sales, acquisitions and editing. Adrienne was named Editor of the Year in 2011 and Sales Rep of the Year in 2009 by the Canadian Booksellers Association. As Senior Editor at Penguin Random House Canada she acquired and edited twenty-three national bestsellers. Adrienne speaks at events such as the Surrey International Writers' Conference, When Words Collide festival for Readers and Writers, and the Ontario Writers' Conference. She also lectures on publishing topics at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Adrienne recently left Penguin Random House Canada to form her own freelance editing company, www.adriennekerr.net.

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Leslie Lefebvre’s passion for writing and love of reading led him to the book industry. He sold his first short story in 1992, and his most recent books (under the name Mark Leslie) include Haunted Hamilton and Spooky Sudbury, two non-fiction books on the paranormal published by Dundurn. A hybrid author, Mark self-published his first book One Hand Screaming, a collection of previously published short fiction, in 2004, back when no self-respecting author would even venture in that territory, and he continues to firmly embrace both indie and traditional publishing.
Mark is the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo. Photo by John Robbie.

Robert J Sawyer

Robert J Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer is the bestselling author of Hugo-winner Hominids and Nebula-winner The Terminal Experiment, plus Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Humans, Rollback, and Wake, all of which were Hugo finalists. According to the Locus, he has won more awards for his novels than anyone else in the history of the SF&F field. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Winnipeg and Laurentian University, and was one of the nine initial inductees into the Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name. Website: sfwriter.com.


Amazing Additional Presenters for 2016


Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman
Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and the co-author of several bestselling writing books, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression. Her books have been translated in multiple languages, are sourced by universities, and used by novelists, screenwriters, editors and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-creator of the popular site, Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop For Writers, a powerhouse online library focused on helping writers elevate their storytelling. You can find her link-slinging on Twitter and showing off her latest Chocolate Boyfriend of the Week on Facebook.

Linda Aksomitis

Linda Aksomitis
Linda Aksomitis is an award winning, internationally published author. Her books have been released by traditional publishers in five countries, and she has self-published in print and e-book format. Her travel articles have appeared in a number of glossy magazines, websites and blogs. Linda has a masters degree in education and teaches three courses on various aspects of Internet publishing, including e-books, in community colleges around the world. She currently works as an Instructional Designer with Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
http://aksomitis.com

Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson
Colleen Anderson has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry, and longlisted for the Stoker Award. She has also co-edited Tesseracts 17 (EDGE Publishing) and Playground of Lost Toys (EXILE Editions) which has been nominated for a 2016 Aurora Award. New or forthcoming works are in Clockwork Canada, Futuristica Vol 2, Digital Fiction, The Beauty of Death, The Future Fire and others. Currently she is working on an alternate history dark fiction novel and a poetry collection. www.colleenanderson.wordpress.com

Diane Astle

Diane Astle
Dianne was once asked what kind of animal she would be, if she could be an animal. The person who asked the question was shocked when Dianne said she'd like to be a dragon. There are times in everyone's life when being able to fly high and breathe fire sound very appealing. However, if you can't be a dragon, or have a dragon as a pet, then the next best thing is to write books with dragons in them and get a dog. Dianne lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas, who gets her out walking almost every day, which is the next best thing to flying on dragon wing.
Dianne is a minister in the United Church of Canada and the author of Ben the Dragonborn and Ben and the Watcher of Zargon.

E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell
E.C. Bell (also known as Eileen Bell) is a writer from Edmonton. Her debut paranormal mystery, Seeing the Light (2014) won the BPAA award for Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Bony Blythe Award for Light Mystery. The second book in the series, Drowning in Amber, was released in 2015, and the third will be out in 2016. Her short fiction includes the Aurora Award winning fantasy anthologies Women of the Apocalypse and The Puzzle Box. In her spare time (!) she edits for On Spec, The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic. (And it is!)

Rita Bozi

Rita Bozi
Rita is a Hungarian Canadian writer, performer, playwright and Three in One Consultant Facilitator. She is co-artistic director of Productive Obsession, a performance company that has presented work in Banff, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Iceland and Hungary. She wrote and starred in The Damage is Done with renowned author and speaker Dr. Gabor Maté. She has published fiction and creative non-fiction in The New Quarterly, Pages of Stories, Unlikely 2.0, WritingRaw.com and FFWD Weekly. In 2012 she won 3rd Prize in THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt for Creative Non-Fiction. She is writing her first novel Uprising or (When I was Better) under the mentorship of Dennis Bock. www.ritabozi.com

Gerald
Brandt

Gerald Brandt
Gerald Brandt is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author. His first novel, The Courier, will be out in 2016 from DAW. By day, he’s an IT professional and coding guru. In his limited spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, rock climbing, camping, and spending time with his family. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Marnie, and his two sons Jared and Ryan. You can find Gerald online at http://www.geraldbrandt.com, on Facebook as GeraldBrandt, and on Twitter @geraldbrandt.

Susan Calder

Susan Calder
Susan Calder is the author of Deadly Fall (TouchWood Editions), a murder mystery novel set in Calgary. Her short stories have won contests and appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies. She has completed two more novels and is trying her hand at memoir. Susan teaches fiction writing courses and workshops at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society and serves as the Writers Guild of Alberta liaison for When Words Collide. In her non-writing time, she loves hiking and travel.

Dwayne Clayden

Dwayne Clayden
Dwayne Clayden is a writer of Crime Fiction whose first novel manuscript, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur. His short story, Hell Hath No Fury, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers. Dwayne is a Paramedic with over 38 years in Emergency Services. A former police officer, Tactical Paramedic, and EMS Chief, he is an international speaker at EMS conferences and has published four textbooks for paramedics. Dwayne is a popular speaker in the Crime Writing community and provides police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors.

Angelica Dawson

Angelica Dawson
As an environmental consultant, Angelica Dawson is no stranger to blood sucking hordes. Sadly, they are usually black flies and mosquitoes rather than vampires. She is the author of the Blue Moon House series, a vampire BDSM erotica series on Naughty Nights Press' top ten list for over six months, including: Blue Moon House, Kitten, Gentleman and Slave. She has also contributed to the first Serviced anthology and the third Campus Sexploits Anthology.

Ryah Deines

Ryah Deines
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

Craig DiLouie
Craig DiLouie is a Bram Stoker Award- and Audie Award-nominated author of zombie, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and thriller fiction. He is the author of 14 books that have been published in all formats, in multiple languages, and through big press, small press, and independent publication. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers, and lives in Calgary. Learn more about Craig at www.CraigDiLouie.com.

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey
Joan Donaldson-Yarmey was born in New Westminster, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked as a bartender, hotel maid, cashier, bank teller, bookkeeper, printing press operator, meat wrapper, gold prospector, warehouse shipper, house renovator and nursing attendant. Her writing career consists of historical and travel articles, and seven travel, four mystery, two science fiction, and two Canadian historical books published.
Joan loves change so has moved over thirty times in her life, living in various places throughout Alberta and B.C. She now resides on an acreage on Vancouver Island with her husband and three cats.

Paul Duffau

Paul Duffau
Paul Duffau is the author of two contemporary coming-of-age novels, Finishing Kick and Trail of Second Chances, as well as several works of non-fiction related to his successful small business. He's currently expanding his repertoire to include contemporary fantasy based in the Emerald City of Seattle.
www.paulduffau.com

Sandra Fitzpatrick

Sandra Fitzpatrick
Sandra Fitzpatrick is bilingual in financial and English. She's been helping artists, writers, actors and other Creative People with their taxes, both Cdn and US 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. New this year is "Financial Sh*t for Creative People."
She has been writing fantasy and science fiction for over ten years and is a long time member of IFWA. A collection of Whimsical Tales is coming out this fall under Lee F. Patrick.

Elinor Florence

Elinor Florence
Elinor Florence is a career journalist who grew up on a Saskatchewan farm, worked for daily newspapers in all four Western provinces, and was a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest. Her historical novel Bird’s Eye View features a Saskatchewan farm girl who joins the air force in World War Two, travels to England, and becomes an interpreter of aerial photographs. Elinor also writes a popular blog called Wartime Wednesdays, telling the true stories of Canadians in wartime. Married with three grown daughters, she now lives in Invermere, B.C. Her passions are village life, old houses, and flea markets.

Susan Forest

Susan Forest
Three-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 Friedman

Ron S. Friedman
RON FRIEDMAN’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge (edited by Mike Resnick), Daily Science Fiction, Not Just Rockets and Robots, Age of Certainty, and received six Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.
Ron Co-edited Enigma Front anthology, and he won the 2013 Aurora Awards – Fan Related category.
Ron appeared as a panelist / presenter at WWC, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Con-version, and VCON.
For more details, please visit Ron’s website: https://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/

Jack Giesen

Jack Giesen
Jack Giesen is a freelance artist and illustrator, as well as the co-owner of a single-author micropress most well known for the Starship’s Mage series. Jack’s body of work includes science fiction and fantasy book illustration and design, as well as highly realistic digital and traditional fine art depicting the magical elements of everyday life.

Laini Giles

Laini Giles
A native of Austin, Texas, Laini finished her first mystery novel with custom illustrations when she was eight. She put writing on hold when real life got in the way (she met and married her Canadian husband and headed north for maple goodies and real beer). She highly recommends moving to another country and not being able to work for finishing any novels you have lying around.
She has published two full-length historical novels. Her latest, The Forgotten Flapper, is a fictionalized biography of silent movie actress Olive Thomas. Laini and her husband live in Edmonton with their two cats.

Linda Hopkins

Linda Hopkins
Linda K. Hopkins is the author of The Dragon Archives, a medieval fantasy romance series. She has self-published the first five books in the series, with the sixth being planned for the end of 2016.

Axel Howerton

Axel Howerton
Axel Howerton is an accomplished poet, fiction author and hometown anti-hero. He is the Arthur Ellis Award-nominated author of the novel Hot Sinatra, and the short story collections Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy and Airborne Heroes in Chainmail Tights. His newest novel Furr will debut in 2017 from Tyche Books. Axel is the publisher/editor of the anthologies Death by Drive-In, Tall Tales of the Weird West, AB Negative and Black Hole Noir (debuting at WWC 2016). He is the Prairie Regions Director of the Crime Writers of Canada, and the organizer of the quarterly Calgary crime soiree #NoirBarYYC.

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson
essica lives in Southern Alberta with her English husband and two cats. She’s been a member of the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association for over four years. She has twice been its president. Jessica says, “ARWA helps me maintain focus and I get ideas and learn craft skills. I participate in the Writing Challenge Groups which gives me feedback on my current projects.”
Jessica L. Jackson has published four novellas, eight novels of over 100,000 words each, and a collection of short stories as Jessica Lund. She enjoys writing in a variety of romance sub-genres. “There are no genres out there that cannot be turned into a romance. That is what I like best about writing them. The world, as they say, is our oyster. And the pearl is the romantic core.”
www.jessicaleolajackson.com

Sarah Kades

Sarah Kades
After more cubicle time and corporate paperwork than Sarah Kades ever imagined possible with an 'outdoor' job, she hung up her archaeology trowel and bid adieu to Traditional Knowledge facilitation to share her love and geek-on of the natural world and happily-ever-afters. Sarah writes romantic literary eco-fiction where nature, humour and love meet. She lives in Calgary, Canada with her family.

Kai

Kai
A half-mad, time-travelling, demon-hunting, half-Frost Giant with a geeky love for Shakespeare and Pokemon, Kai is known online as The Raggedy Author and can usually be found on Twitter, avoiding responsibility. She is an independent author, and currently writes whatever genre tickles her fancy. Kai is also in the middle of The Raggedy Author's Year of the Zombie, and more information about it can be found on her website. www.theraggedyauthor.com

Constantine Kaoukakis

Constantine Kaoukakis
Constantine Kaoukakis is editor for Sleuth Magazine, a literary vehicle for crime fiction, suspense, thrillers and other writing related to the mystery genre, and an editor for OnSpec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic. His interests include comic books (Marvel & DC), Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Greek mythology, Doctor Who, British murder mysteries, ancient history, and literature. He has taught Latin, ancient and modern Greek, English literature, ancient Greek and Roman literature at the high school, college and university levels. He is a former member of the Bimetallic Question, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Montreal, and founded The Wisteria Lodgers—the Sherlock Holmes Society of Edmonton. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
sleuthmagazine.ca

Dave Laderoute

Dave Laderoute
Dave Laderoute has been writing off-and-on since 1990, and has had several short stories appear in various small press publications. Most notably, he took second place in a science fiction writing contest sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery, a consortium of major companies including Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Apple and others. Dave has also written extensively for role-playing games, particularly The Legend of the Five Rings product line. Out of Time, coming in late 2013 from Five Rivers, is Dave's first novel-length publication. With another novel manuscript under serious consideration by a major publisher, though, and two more on the go, he doesn't intend it to be his last!

Arlene Marks

Arlene Marks
Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks began writing at the age of 6, and she can't seem to stop. She is the author of two literacy programs for the classroom, as well as From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction (2013), No Pain, No Gaine (2015), The Accidental God (a 2015 nominee for the Leacock Medal for Humour), and The Genius Asylum (2016), the first of a series of sf novels set at the turn of the 25th century. She is currently working on a Hellmaw novel for Onder Librum (2018). www.thewritersnest.ca.

Shirlee Smith Matheson

Shirlee Smith Matheson
Tales of adventure and misadventure are featured Shirlee Smith Matheson's 20 adult nonfiction books and teen novels, as she meets, researches, and writes of characters living on the edge. Her most recent publications include, Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation; and young adult novels, Prairie Pictures and City Pictures. Historical novels Flying Ghosts and The Gambler's Daughter contrast with modern local settings in Fastback Beach and Jailbird Kid. She is currently Historian for Calgary International Airport.
www.ssmatheson.ca

Claire McCague

Claire McCague
Claire McCague is a writer, scientist, and musician who fabricates nanostructured materials by day and spins words into scripts and books as the stars rise. She works for the Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion and performs with the Sybaritic String Band. Her plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. The Rosetta Man is her first novel.

Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles
Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety, with short stories and novellas available from Edge SF&F Publishing, House of Anansi, and Reality Skimming Press. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and is short-listed in three categories for the upcoming 2014 Awards. In 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy's first Tyche Books publication, Much Ado About Macbeth, will be available in August 2015. www.RandyMcCharles.com.

Ryan McFadden

Ryan McFadden
Ryan T. McFadden is fantasy and horror writer. His novella Ghost in the Machine won the 2014 Aurora Award for Short Fiction. His first novel Cursed: Black Swan was published in 2015 through Dragon Moon Press. Additional fiction can be found in numerous collections published by Bundoran Press, Absolute Xpress, Edge SF&F, and Dragon Moon Press.
His motley past involved such dangerous work as database administration, ice cream flavouring (seriously, that's a thing), hockey league administration, screen printing, web design, furniture building, and home renovations. He lives in London with his two beautiful, but sometimes diabolical daughters

Jodi McIsaac

Jodi McIsaac
Jodi McIsaac is the author of several novels, including the thriller A Cure for Madness, the contemporary fantasy Thin Veil Series, and the forthcoming historical fantasy Bury the Living. She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves running, geek culture, and whiskey.

G.J.C. McKitrick

G.J.C. McKitrick
G.J.C. (Greg) McKitrick lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, with his wife. In 2012 he began the awkward and painful transition between being a mainstream fiction writer and becoming a science fiction nerd. Remnants of his literary past can be read in his Novel, A Walk in the Thai Sun. The future will be revealed in the publication of Planet Song, the first book in his science fiction Fahr Trilogy, probably in mid 2016. Other aspects of the transition, like learning to play video games, becoming obsessed with Star Trek , and wearing costumes at SF conventions are proving to be more difficult.

Joanne Morcom

Joanne Morcom
Joanne Morcom is the author of two poetry collections and the co-author of two poetry anthologies. She specializes in haiku and related forms, such as the five line tanka. She's a founding member of the Calgary based Magpie Haiku & Tanka Poets, a member of Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada and the Independent Publishers Association of Canada. She's also a social worker and a certified laughter yoga leader, which means that she laughs for no reason and teaches others to do the same. A poem of Joanne's recently placed first in the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Creative Writing Games. Visit her at www.joannemorcom.ca.

Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu
Nina Munteanu is an award-winning Canadian ecologist and novelist. In addition to eight published novels, she has authored short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. She is currently an editor of European zine Europa SF and Eagle Publishing House and writes for Amazing Stories. Nina teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Her latest book is Water Is... a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist. www.NinaMunteanu.me.

Alice Murray

Alice Murray
Alice Murray has worked for the same large multi-national company for the past 30 years pumping out the written word about all things nonfiction. She grew up and still lives by a small Alberta village on a multi-generational farm which is also the home of 150 animals, her husband, daughter, son-in-law and 4 beautiful grandsons. Alice holds a undergraduate degree in communication with distinction, and a certificate in mediation. She has a large personal library (its not called hoarding if it's books) and is working on her first novel. She has been an ARWA member for the past two years and is new to WWC.

Al Onia

Al Onia
Al Onia is a geophysicist living in Calgary, Canada. His debut novel Javenny was released by Bundoran Press in August 2014. His short fiction has appeared in Ares, AB Negative, Perihelion SF, On Spec, The Speculative Edge, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Spinetingler, Marion Zimmer Bradley and the anthologies Casserole Diplomacy, Body-Smith 401, North of Infinity and Warrior Wisewoman 3. Al is a two-time Aurora Award finalist in the short story category. His second novel, Transient City, is due out from Bundoran in August, 2016. http://ajonia.com

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 is working towards her doctorate of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Martin Parnell

Martin Parnell
Martin Parnell loves science fiction and has all the Battlestar Galactica reimaged CD's, even The Plan. As a child he suffered from asthma and loved "painting by numbers" kits but he showed his rebellious side when he didn't follow the numbers to colours guide. He worked deep in the Canadian mines for many years and when he re-emerged he bought a bike and cycled across Africa. His passion is to help kids achieve their potential and change the world. He is married to his wonderful wife Sue, has three children and three grandchildren.

Michell Plested

Michell Plested
Michell (Mike) Plested is an author, editor, blogger, closet superhero (not to mention sock herder and cat wrangler), podcaster and publisher living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the host of several podcasts including the writing podcast, Get Published, (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Parsec Finalist).
Mike is the co-founder of Evil Alter Ego Press, an indie publisher focused on outstanding Young Adult fiction.
His debut novel, Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award for Best YA Novel and its sequel, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within was launched at When Words Collide 2014. Five Rivers Press will release the third novel in the series, Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience in late 2016.
In 2011 he told a campfire story to his Scout Troop about Scouts and Zombies. The story was well received and was released in 2015 as the YA novel, Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague. Evil Alter Ego Publishing will release the next book in that trilogy in 2016.
His other new release in 2015 was a collaborative Steampunk work, Jack Kane & the Statue of Liberty.
Mike is a regular of the Calgary Young Writers’ Conference as well as book stores around the city of Calgary.

Marie Powell

Marie Powell
Marie Powell is the author of more than 30 children's books, including a young adult fantasy, Hawk (Five Rivers). Her award-winning short fiction and poetry appear in such literary magazines as subTerrain,Room, and Transition. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and gives readings and workshops for audiences of all ages. Website: mepowell.com

Kirk Ramdath

Kirk Ramdath
Kirk Ramdath is a Calgary poet and publisher. He publishes Wax Poetry and Art and related projects, including Eleventh Transmission and Calgary Poetry Magazine. Kirk is the author of Love in a Handful of Dust, published by Frontenac House in 2011. Kirk has created space for hundreds of Canadian and international writers, poets, photographers, and artists, in print, online, and on stage.

Rebekah Raymond

Rebekah Raymond
By day Rebekah Raymond is simply Becca—Medical Claims Adjudicator, Academic Strategist, wife and mother of two. By night, she is Rebekah Raymond, Calgary writer of thriller/horror, romance, science fiction and fantasy. Rebekah is the author of the thriller Life’s Defeat (Oct 2015) and Life’s Hope (May 2016) with the third and fourth installments coming out in 2016/17. She attributes her wildly disconnected plots and vivid characters to automatic writing. She is a member of NaNoWriMo and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. Learn more: rebekahraymond.com Twitter @RRaymondAuthor

Mahrie G Reid

Mahrie G Reid
Mahrie G. Reid grew up in small eastern towns. She read copiously and wrote her first novel at age eight. A minister’s daughter in the the fifties, she was encouraged to be a nurse, teacher or office worker so she’d have something to ‘fall back on’ if anything happened to her husband. She tried all three professions before becoming a Real Estate Appraiser, a newsletter editor, an adult educator, an office organization consultant, a library manager and a marriage commissioner, among other things. At all times she continued to write, read and study and teach novel writing skills.
Her published works include short stories, poems, trade articles,technical and research papers and newspaper features. Her mystery novels, Sheldon Harris Came Home Dead and Katya Binks Came Home from Away were published in 2014.

Sherile Reilly

Sherile Reilly
A former school teacher, Sherile writes about mischievous, but well-intentioned children, nosey neighbors and stressed heroines. She lives in sight of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Ed. They have one grown son who loves to visit at supper time. She’s written two middle grade readers, Spunky: Tapping into Trouble and Greg and the Barbarian. The final book in her Women’s Fiction trilogy, Bringing Jamie Home, is soon to be released. Sherile also writes paranormal, historical romance and has published Lord of Darkness. The companion story for it can be read on her website at: www.SherileReilly.com.

Gary Renshaw

G.W. Renshaw
G.W. Renshaw's short story Vacation appears in On Spec's Spring 2013 issue as well as the Starklight 3 anthology. His short story Hic Sunt Dracones and collection Odd Thoughts are available online. The Stable Vices Affair and The Prince and the Puppet Affair, the first two installments of The Chandler Affairs, are available in paperback and e-book. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @gwrenshaw
http://gwrenshaw.ca/

Julie Sedivy

Julie Sedivy
Julie Sedivy has published essays in magazines such as Nautilus, Scientific American, and Discover. Her books include the popular science book Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You and Language in Mind, a non-boring undergraduate textbook. She is co-editing, with Rona Altrows, an anthology of essays on the theme of waiting, and is writing a book about language loss and reclamation using a blend of memoir and science writing. http://juliesedivy.com

Madelaine Shaw-Wong

Madelaine Shaw-Wong
Madelaine is the co-author of Cradling the Past, a Biography of Margaret Shaw. She was the winner of Freefall Magazine's Chapbook Contest in 2010 and has short stories published in Shy, an Anthology, Mused, Dark Gothic Resurrected, Toska Magazine and Copperfield Review. When not working on her current novel, she spends her time caring for her family, many pets and teaching creative writing at The Alexandra Writers Centre. madelainewong.com

Sharon Skretting

Sharon Skretting
Sharon Skretting is the author of The Ultimate Treasure Quest Series, The Wander Series of interactive journals, and the founder of Quest Teaching at www.questteaching.com. She resides in a small, Alberta town with her husband and Scat the cat. As a teacher, she’s been telling stories to inspire learning for twenty years.
When her three grown children flew the coop, it was time to pursue her passion for writing. Her fast paced, page-turning adventures are proving to be a hit with her readers! In addition to her novels and journals, she blogs on her Quest Teaching site as well as on the BAM Radio Network EdWords blog.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith (a.k.a. Girl Tries Life) has been a lifestyle blogger for over two years, helping her readers make the most of their limited travel opportunities, sharing tips learned about writing process and her musings on motherhood. In 2016 she published a non-fiction ebook, How To Take a Leave of Absence to Travel. She is currently working on a travel guide to a Scottish Island, the first book in her women’s fiction series and, of course, keeping the blog interesting and engaging for her readers.

Melanie Stanford

Melanie Stanford
Melanie Stanford writes romance and YA of different genres. Her first novel, SWAY, a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, debuted December 29th, 2015 from Samhain Publishing. She has a second novel—a retelling of Elizabeth Gaskell’s NORTH AND SOUTH—coming December 2016. Her short story, BECOMING FANNY, was featured in the holiday romance anthology THEN COMES WINTER, which released from Meryton Press winter 2015. Melanie reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @MelanieStanfordauthor.

Glynn Stewart

Glynn Stewart
Glynn Stewart is the independently published author of the Starship’s Mage and Castle Federation series. An accountant in another life, his business is writing and writing is his business.
These days, Glynn lives in Calgary with his wife and a small swarm of cats.

Amanda Sun

Amanda Sun
Amanda Sun is the author of The Paper Gods, a YA Fantasy series set in Japan and published by Harlequin Teen. The first two books, INK and RAIN, were Aurora Award nominees and Junior Library Guild selections. Her short fiction has also been published in the Aurora Award–nominated Tesseracts Fifteen and the literary journal Room Magazine. Her new YA Fantasy, HEIR TO THE SKY, contains monster hunters and floating continents. When not reading or writing, Sun is also an avid cosplayer. Find her on Twitter at @Amanda_Sun and get free Paper Gods novellas at AmandaSunBooks.com.

Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson
Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, is out this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. He is a high school teacher and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his fourteen-year-old son Orion.

Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm
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 Bedfellows.

Sharon Wildwind

Sharon Wildwind
Sharon Wildwind is a Calgary mystery author. In addition to doing all those writing, editing, and social media things with which writers fill their days, she spends an inordinate amount of time fighting gremlin voices that say all is for naught and she might as well give up now. She has no intention of giving up, and wants to share some of her gremlin-fighting techniques with other writers.

S. G. Wong

S. G. Wong
SG Wong writes noir-tinged, alternate history novels and short stories—filled with ghosts and magic. Her debut novel, DIE ON YOUR FEET, was a finalist for a 2014 Arthur Ellis Award. She holds a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature. She is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Crime Writers of Canada, and Sisters in Crime. She has been a panelist/moderator/presenter at: Edmonton & Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expos, PureSpec Science Fiction Festival, Words in 3D 2015 literary conference, Bloody Words XIII mystery convention, and When Words Collide. www.sgwong.com