Tenth Edition

August 13 to 15, 2021
Delta Calgary South, Calgary, Alberta
August 13 to 15, 2021
There are
208 days
The Tenth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

2021 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.


The February planning meeting will be held online (TBA) on February 7 starting at 10 AM.

Another Podcast!

Sunday 2020 November 8

We've been posting a lot of the panels from the 2020 virtual festival to YouTube, but we've saved some of the sessions from 2019 which you will see as we wait for 2021.
If you're in the mood for reminiscing (and staying out of the cold) spend an hour with 2019 Festival Guest James Alan Gardner as he talks about how publisher algorithms are impacting authors, the difference between description and point of view, super heroes and reads a snippet from his take on Sleeping Beauty.

Thank You One and All

Monday 2020 August 17

On March 11, 2020 a global pandemic was declared that changed the world, and not for the better. Part of that change was the cancellation of large gatherings, including the annual When Words Collide festival. Then, on August 14-16, 2020, a miracle happened. The WWC community came together and put on a 3-day online festival. None of us knew what we were doing, but we reached out to the community, and the community reached back. With 5 tracks of programming, there was lots to choose from. Add to that opportunities to socialize and participate in Blue Pencil Cafe, Pitch Sessions, and 1-on-1 consultations. It was almost like being at the in-person festival. We even hosted the Aurora Awards. (Congratulations to the winners and finalists.) Thank you everyone who contributed to the festival, whether it be as a program participant, online host, or attendee. Thank you for making possible the festival that otherwise wouldn't have happened.

One of the benefits of an online festival is that most of the sessions were recorded. Some are available now. The rest will be made available over the coming days and weeks as they are processed. The Hidden Art Show and Merchants Corner will also remain open for the next little while. Check out the After Festival here.

2020 Aurora Awards Video

Sunday 2020 August 16

For those who missed it, here's a link to the online Aurora Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners!

That's All, Folks!

Sunday 2020 August 16

Another year, and another When Words Collide has wound to a successful conclusion. Thank you to everybody who went above and beyond to make this year's festival a success despite the pandemic!
Inspirational Music with Lyrics


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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?

208 days until the next price increase

2021 Registration is 82.2% full

No banquet tickets for sale.

The current adult passholder rate is $45 CAD. . You can register on our web page, use our registration form or, in Calgary, stop in at The Sentry Box at 1835 - 10th Avenue SW to purchase your pass.

If we are sold out in advance, passes will not be available at the door.

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1835 - 10th Avenue SW,
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