About When Words Collide


To bring together the literary community, both readers and writers, in Calgary and beyond, for a sharing of information, for learning, and to build a sense of community.

To bring a wide variety of writers together to share tips and information

To appeal to readers of many genres : Mystery, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Romance, Literary, Historical, Western, Film scripts, Poetry.

We would like a broad presence of local writers and other experts not only attending, but participating on panels.


August 10 - 12, 2012, Best Western Village Park Inn in Motel Village, 16th Ave N.E., Calgary, Alberta.

Guests of Honour

Anthony Bidulka (Mystery), Kelley Armstrong (Romance), Kevin J Anderson (Science Fiction), Rebecca Moesta (YA), Adrienne Kerr (Penguin Books), Vanessa Cardui (Poetry / Songwriting Guest).


Four concurrent streams of programming, including panels of speakers debating topics on:

  • Witing
  • Literature
  • Publishing
  • Art (cover / interior)
  • Kaffe klatches (meet a Guest of Honour or other author in a small group setting)
  • Pitch sessions
  • Blue-pencil cafe
  • Parties
  • Merchant's Corner


Writers' Workshop two days prior to the convention hosted by IFWA (additional fee of approximately $125) for a maximum of 12 writers, headed by a professional author of international stature. Attendees submit manuscripts (<8000 words, complete) by June 1.


Merchants' Corner for local booksellers, publishers and writers' groups to advertise / sell books / display art (fee applies). Includes a freebie table for affiliate groups to share information and a table for local authors to sell their books and do signings.


Seven parties will be held over the weekend as informal opportunities for readers, writers, Guests of Honour, editors and publisher to meet and mingle.

Aurora Awards

Prix Aurora Awards and banquet, Canada's top Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards.


Current registration cost is $50 CAD per attendee (student/senior and child rates available). Registration cost at the door is higher (see Registration for details).