Tenth Edition

and Canvention 40
August 14 to 16, 2020
Delta Calgary South, Calgary, Alberta
 
August 14 to 16, 2020
 
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Canvention 40
The Tenth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

2020 Guests

Cathy Ace
Vicki Delany
Steena Holmes
Fonda Lee
Dave Reynolds
Morgan Rhodes

Aurora Award NomineeMutiple winner of the
Aurora Award
for best volunteer-run organization.

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The January planning meeting will be held downstairs at the Brentwood Co-op, 4122 Brentwood Road NW, Calgary on January 12 starting at 10 AM.This will also include the

Festival Guest Readings

2019
Dec
8
Meet this year's festival guests: Kat Flannery, James Alan Gardener, Jonas Saul, Lisa Mangum, Leanne Shirtliffe. (Moderator Stacey Kondla) The readings have been split into 6 segments—002a–002f$— for ease of listening.
The readings begin with Kat Flannery, who writes historical fiction, westerns, suspense, romance. She likes to mix it all together and maybe a little whiskey.
http://whenwordscollide.libsyn.com/2019-002a-festival-guest-readings-intro-kat-flannery
The readings continue with science fiction and fantasy author James Alan Gardner who likes math and geology and teaches kung-fu to kids. (PG for coarse language.)
http://whenwordscollide.libsyn.com/2019-002b-festival-guest-readings-james-alan-gardner
Next up is writer and editor Lisa Mangum whose first paid work in the literary world was shelving books at the Sandy Library in Utah. She works at Shadow Mountain Publishing and has published a time-travel/romance trilogy.
http://whenwordscollide.libsyn.com/2019-002c-festival-guest-readings-lisa-mangum
Jonas Saul is a prolific writer of thrillers with more than 30 novels and 50 short stories to his credit. He started as an indie author, but after selling more than 2 million books, traditional publishing came calling. (PG for language)
http://whenwordscollide.libsyn.com/2019-002d-festival-guest-readings-jonas-saul
Last, but not least, Leanne Shirtliffe is a teacher who is also the author of seven picture books for children and two books of non-fiction humour about parenting.
http://whenwordscollide.libsyn.com/2019-002e-festival-guest-readings-leanne-shirtliffe
Following the readings, fesitval guests Kat Flannery, James Alan Gardner, Lisa Mangum, Jonas Saul and Leanne Shirtliffe discuss e-books versus hard copies, indie versus traditional publishing and other issues.
http://whenwordscollide.libsyn.com/2019-002f-festival-guest-readings-q-and-a

New Podcast

2019
Nov
16
The 2019 podcasts launch with Live Action Slush--Early Bird Edition. This fan favourite features anonymous manuscript first pages read aloud for the audience and instantly critiqued by writers and editors Candas Jane Dorsey, Carrie Mumford, Celeste A. Peters, Robert Runte and Rhonda Parrish.

Feedback Works

2019
Aug
22
We were having trouble with our feedback form due to increased security at our hosting site. It seems to work now, so if there is a problem let us know.

That's All, Folks!

2019
Aug
11
Another year, and another When Words Collide has wound to a successful conclusion.
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When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry. Would you like to know more?

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The current adult passholder rate is $40 CAD. Prices will increase on January 1st. You can register online, use our registration form or, in Calgary, stop in at The Sentry Box at 1835 - 10th Avenue SW to purchase your pass.

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