About When Words Collide


Meet our organising committee.


  • 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.

Date and Place

August 8-10, 2014, Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta.

Guests of Honour

Stay tuned. Information will be available shortly.


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

  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Publishing
  • Art (cover / interior)
  • Social Events
  • Pitch sessions
  • Blue-pencil café
  • Workshops
  • Merchant's Corner


Merchants' Corner for local booksellers, publishers, authors, and literary organizations to advertise / sell books / display art. Includes freebie tables for information sharing and a table for attending authors to sell their books.

Merchants' Corner is open to the public.

Autograph Session

Saturday evening session with festival guests and 50+ attending authors signing their books.

Autograph Session is open to the public.


Daytime and evening socials run throughout the weekend for mingling, teaser readings from new books, meeting festival guests and attending authors & publishers, and all manner of social fun.


Current registration cost is $45 CAD per attendee (student/senior and child rates available). Registration cost at the door is higher (see Registration for details).