When Words Collide  
August 9 to 11, 2019
 
The next festival
will be in
241 days.
The Ninth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

Preparation and Amenities

Are you ready for When Words Collide? Here are a few tips, thoughts, and information that will help you get the most from the weekend.

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Arriving at the Festival

The Delta Calgary South Hotel is located on the southeast corner of MacLeod Trail and Southland Drive, just east of the Southland LRT Station, and consists of two buildings: The Tower (west) and the Atrium (east). Festival events take place in both buildings as well as in the Boomtown Pub (the north side of the Tower).

The festival check-in table is located in the lobby of the Atrium building outside the Merchants Corner (Nakiska Ballroom). Please have ID ready to pick up your festival badge and program book. The check-in table opens on the festival Friday at 12 PM and remains open during daytime hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If there is a line-up and you need to be at a festival event, please attend your event and return to the check-in table for your materials at your earliest convenience. Festival 2019 registration is available at the check-in table on Sunday.

Advance Sign-up for Pitch Sessions and Blue Pencil Café

  1. Advance sign-up for Pitch Sessions & Blue Pencil Café will be available via email in June (a notice will be posted on the main page of this web site). For any unfilled session, a sign-up sheet will be available outside the Jasper Boardroom during program hours starting at 1 PM Friday.
  2. Autograph Session: On Saturday evening we are hosting an autograph session from 8-10 PM where 60+ authors, including our festival guests, will be available to sign books. This event is open to the public, so tell your friends and bring books to be signed. (A list of participating authors will be posted once finalized.)
  3. Manuscripts: A few things you can do.

    1. Live Action Slush: Bring the first 1-2 pages (typed, 12-point font, double-spaced) of your novel or short story to be read anonymously out loud and get feedback from our panel of experts on what happens when your submission hits the slush pile. (No one will know it is your manuscript unless you tell them.) Please hand your pages to the reader (near the front of the room) at the beginning of the session.
    2. Blue Pencil Café: Bring 1-2 pages of your manuscript (typed, 12-point font, double-spaced) and get advice from an industry professional. (If you have a session via pre-signup, e-mail your ms well in adavnce of your session so that your editor may read it and make notes beforehand.)
    3. Pitch Session: Run your pitch by an acquisition editor or other industry professional for advice and perhaps a submission request.

The festival check-in table is located in the lobby of the Atrium building outside the Merchants Corner (Nakiska Ballroom). Please have ID ready to pick up your festival badge and program book. The check-in table opens on the festival Friday at 12 PM and remains open during daytime hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If there is a line-up and you need to be at a festival event, please attend your event and return to the check-in table for your materials at your earliest convenience. Festival 2017 registration is available at the check-in table on Sunday.

Food, Glorious Food

As well as the various on-site snack and meal options, we also have a local restaurant guide available so you can see where to get food within strolling distance of the festival.