About When Words Collide
When Words Collide is an annual non-profit festival modelled after the volunteer conventions popular in the Science Fiction and Fantasy communities. Nobody is paid for attending (though guests of honour have their expenses covered) and even the organizers buy passes to attend.
The festival is designed to bring readers and writers together in a celebration of the written word. Up to 10 tracks of programming, beginning at 1 PM on Friday and running through 5 PM Sunday, offer informational, educational, and social activities covering a wide spectrum of literature including Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Historical, Literary, Script-writing, Poetry, Comics, and Non-fiction. Roughly 800 readers, writers, editors, publishers, agents, and artists attend with over a hundred presenters in our program.
Organizers and presenters alike volunteer their time and talents to make When Words Collide as accessible and varied as humanly possible. Here you can find out what is being developed for this year, to register for this year, to see what has happened in previous years, or to get involved in one of the largest literary events in Canada.
Planning meetings are held monthly (except November) downstairs at the Brentwood Co-op, 4122 Brentwood Road NW, Calgary from 10 AM until noon.
This is in the shopping centre between 32nd Avenue NW, and 40th Avenue/Brisebois Drive NW on the east side of Crowchild Trail north of the University of Calgary. To find the meeting room: after entering the store, turn right toward the deli. Just before the deli there is a glass door to the right (beside the olive bar) that accesses stairs going down to the basement meeting room.
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