Tenth Edition

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
August 13 to 15, 2021
August 13 to 15, 2021
There are
157 days
The 2021 Online 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 March planning meeting will be held online (TBA) on March 14 starting at 10 AM.


Sunday 2021 March 07

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the August 13 to 15, 2021 festival will be held online. Our virtual festival (WWC Online 2021) will be offered free of charge, but will require registration through All paid 2021 festival passes and banquet tickets have been rolled forward to 2022.

Registration is not available at the moment. We are rushing to get things in place at Eventbrite so people can register for the festival. An announcement will appear on this page when we're set up. As there is no attendance cap this year, don't worry about missing out. You WILL be able to register at no cost, and attend the virtual festival.

August is now 6 months away. With no clear end in sight for the pandemic, and vaccine rollout to the general public scheduled to begin in Alberta in the fall, the organizers feel the chances of an in-person festival in August have fallen to zero. In response, we have begun transitioning festival planning to a 100% online event. Like WWC Online 2020, the festival will be free of charge. However, for a number of reasons, we will be offering it as a free Eventbrite Online event. Attendees will be required to register for the festival through Eventbrite in order to access the live content.

While the organizers would prefer an in-person festival, and are optimistic that such will be the case in 2022, a virtual festival in 2021 is the next best thing. WWC Online 2021 will be our official 10th anniversary festival. It will be big, fabulous, and exciting. Our festival guests--Cathy Ace, Vicki Delany, Steena Holmes, Fonda Lee, Dave Reynolds, and Morgan Rhodes--have agreed to join us online. We will also be holding online Master Classes before and after the festival. Stay tuned for the first draft of our 2021 Program and Master Class information. Eventbrite registration will open in the near future.

For those who registered for the 2021 in-person festival, we have rolled your weekend passes and banquet tickets forward to 2022. These are confirmed for you. We realize, however, that the pandemic has also brought financial hardship to many. If you require a refund, please contact us via email citing your name, the type of pass purchased, and the approximate time frame of the purchase, and we will see what we can do. If you can forward us your PayPal receipt, that would be especially helpful.

See you in August!

A new podcast is available for your dining and dancing pleasure

Wednesday 2021 Februrary 3

2019 014 Armchair Travel Through Fiction: Can a writer understand a locale like a local simply by travelling there? Is it possible to portray a place accurately, vividly and with sensitivity without ever having been? These are some of the questions explored by panelists Diane Terrana, Elissa McColl, Jay Martin and Rena Mason.

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?


There is no paid registration for 2021.

No banquet tickets for sale.

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