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

Call for Presenters

Presenters: Find all Programming Bulletins here.

Established in 2011 as an annual 3-day literary festival celebrating the written word, When Words Collide has quickly grown into one of the largest festivals in Canada for readers and writers, reaching our registration cap of 750 attendees the past several years. One of the many things that makes When Words Collide popular as well as unique is our program, featuring ~200 experts participating in over 250 program hours of discussions, presentation/workshops, and agent/editor pitch sessions.

When Words Collide is an annual not-for-profit, volunteer-run festival devoted to the written word. Each year the festival honours 4 or 5 authors and 1 editor or literary agent, called festival guests, for their achievements in the publishing industry. In line with our volunteer model of operation, we cover expenses for our festival guests, but do not provide a speakers fee. Like our organizers, festival guests volunteer their time and talents as part of the literary community.

We also encourage professionals attending the festival to participate in our program, speaking on topics of interest to the literary community. Called presenters, typically ~200 attending professionals volunteer to participate in our program each year, sharing their knowledge of literature, industry experience, and topical expertise to educate and delight their audience. Click to see our program in development and growing list of presenters.

Our program runs from 1 PM Friday to 5 PM Sunday. If you are attending When Words Collide and are not currently on our presenter mailing list and wish to volunteer to participate in our program, please let us know by completing our Presenter Registration Form (.doc, .rtf), and returning it to by email. If your word processor has trouble viewing the form, the simplified RTF form may be used instead. Once processed, you will be included in future program correspondence.

Presenter Opportunities include:

Note for Attending Authors

Whether you are presenting or not, attending authors with published titles have opportunities to make them available to other attendees and the general public.


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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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When Words Collide,
c/o The Sentry Box,
1835 - 10th Avenue SW,
Calgary, Alberta,
T3C 0K2, Canada.

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