When Words Collide  
August 9 to 11, 2019
 
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The Ninth Annual Edition of When Words Collide
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2019 Guests

- Kat Flannery

- James Alan Gardner

- Lisa Mangum

- Jonas Saul

- Leanne Shirtliffe

Aurora AwardWinner of this year's Aurora Award for best volunteer-run organization.

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The December planning meeting will be held downstairs at the Brentwood Co-op, 4122 Brentwood Road NW, Calgary on December 8 starting at 10 AM.

The Festival has Sold Out

2019
Monday
November
11
We are, however, maintaining a waiting list for passes that come available due to cancellations. Contact us to be places on the waiting list. If you cannot find a pass for this year's festival, or have friends who would like to check us out, we do have some free events open to the public.
Public Events (festival pass not required)
  1. Festival Guest readings. This year's festival guests - James Alan Gardner, Jonas Saul, Kat Flannery, Leanne Shirtliffe, and Lisa Mangum - will be reading at the Fish Creek Public Library on Thursday Aug 8th from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 9th from 1-3 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).
  2. Autograph Session. Our festival guests joined by 70+ attending authors will be signing books on Saturday Aug 10th from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).
  3. Saturday Night Rapid Readings by attending authors. Sat August 10th from 7-9 PM in the Fireside Room (Tower Building).
  4. Merchants Corner. Books by our festival guests and attending authors and publishers are available all weekend during daytime hours in our Merchant Room located in the Nakiska Ballroom (Atrium Building).
  5. Hidden Art Show. 2-D and 3-D works by attending artists are viewable (with some for sale) all weekend during daytime hours in our Art Room located in the Lake Louise Room (Atrium Building, 2nd floor above the Nakiska Ballroom).

New Podcast

2019
Saturday
June
8
Listen to the New Writer Roll Call as our panel of experts (authors, mentors and an agent) discuss the various resources, tools and communities available to new writers looking to start out on the write path.

Advance Sign-up Now Open

2019
Saturday
June
1

See here for the event schedules. If you wish to sign up for an available session, please go to Advance Sign-up and follow the instructions. If you need to cancel any of your sessions, please let us know ASAP.

Another Podcast

2019
Saturday
May
11

Picking of the brains of indie and small press publishers. What do they want? How do they want to be approached? How do they handle marketing? Axel Howerton, Kelsey Attard, Neil Enock, Ellen Mitchelle, Joe Compton(M). http://whenwordscollide.libsyn.com/2018-006-the-publishers-panel

Podcast

2019
Sunday
April
14

Our latest podcast is the alternate-alternate history panel. This 'what if' panel features Michael Skeet, Ron S. Friedman, Ronald (R.J.) Hoare, Therese Greenwood, Joe Compton discussing the game of 'what if' played by changing historical events and letting those changes trickle or cascade to create story history.

Yes, Alberta, You Have A History

2019
Wednesday
March
20

From dinosaurs to First Nations, from family farms to oil sands: what does everyone know—or think they know—about Alberta's history? Madeline Shaw-Wong, Shirley Smith Matheson, Jim Jackson, Faye Reinberg Holt. Podcast.

We've Been Edited

2019
Sunday
February
10

Carrie Mumford, Peter V. Brett, Edward Willett, E. C. Bell, Raina Schnider—Writers who have been edited discuss their positive experiences along with examples of edits that have made the final piece of writing better. Editors, beta readers, deadlines, and friendships, oh my!

Researching Made Easy

2019
Sunday
January
20

Researching Made Easy: Another podcast from WWC 2018. Primary sources, libraries, archives, travel, bibliographies and Wikipedia(?). How to get it right before you write. Barb Galler Smith, Joe Compton, Michael Skeet, Tracy Cooper-Posey, S. G. Wong

WestJet Discount for WWC Festival Attendees

2018
Friday
October
5

WestJet is offering the When Words Collide Festival attendees a discount on flights travelling from August 3 - 18, 2019. Book with our code, A9UM21F and receive 5% off Econo and 10% off Flex and Plus base fares for domestic travel, and 2% off Econo and 5% off Flex and 10% off Plus base fares for trans-border travel between Calgary and anywhere WestJet flies in North America. If booking through a travel agent, use code A9UM21F. To book online, visit https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/book-trip/groups-charters/convention-travel/

We're Back!

2018
Monday
September
17

The website has been renovated and registration is now open. Cruise over to the registration page and get your pass for 2019's festival.