Online Festival Program
Welcome to WWC’s pandemic-response online festival. This event includes a variety of live webinar presentations, workshops, discussion panels, and social activities. In conjunction, we are also happy to provide an online art show, and merchants corner, as well as the 2020 Aurora Awards Ceremony. Blue Pencil Café, Pitch sessions, and one-on-one consultations are also featured, as well as book launches, readings, and podcasts.
The WWC online festival is 100% volunteer operated and is open to the public. There is no registration fee, though limited-capacity events require pre-registration, and participation in past festivals as a qualifier.
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Confirmed Presenters / Panelists
Angela AckermanAngela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression (now a expanded 2nd edition) as well as six others. Her books are available in seven languages, are sourced by universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers®, as well as One Stop for Writers®, an innovative library packed with custom tools and resources to help writers elevate their storytelling. Website: https://writershelpingwriters.net/
Jayne BarnardJE (Jayne) Barnard is a Calgary-based crime writer, author of the popular Maddie Hatter Adventures (Tyche Books), and The Falls Mysteries (Dundurn Press). Maddie Hatter and the Gilded Gauge is the 2018 Alberta Book of the Year for Children/Youth. When the Flood Falls won the Dundurn Unhanged Arthur Award. Her works have been shortlisted for the Prix Aurora (2x), the UK Debut Dagger, the Book Publishing in Alberta Award (2x), and three Great Canadian Story prizes. Her newest novel is Where the Ice Falls, a Christmas novel of paranormal suspense set in the Alberta foothills west of Calgary.
Nancy M BellNancy lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference, at the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference, When Words Collide, and Word on the Lake. She has publishing credits in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Recently her work has been included in Tamaracks Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century and Vistas of the West Anthology of Poetry. Her poetry is also being included in the University of Holguin Cuba in their Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (CCLA) program. Her latest book Dead Dogs Talk will release in September 2020. Website: http://www.nancymbell.ca
Susan CalderSusan Calder is a Calgary writer who grew up in Montreal. She is the author of three mystery and suspense novels, To Catch a Fox (BWL, 2019), *Ten Days in Summer (BWL, 2017) and A Deadly Fall* (BWL, 2019, 2nd edition). Susan has also published short stories, poems and articles, and taught fiction writing courses and workshops at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and serves as the Writers’ Guild of Alberta liaison for When Words Collide. When Susan isn’t occupied with writing, she is likely to be travelling or hiking. Website: http://www.susancalder.com
Tammy Lyn CarbolTammy Lyn Carbol is the current President of the Alberta Romance Writers' Association and has been a member since 2000. Since 2017, she has used her administrative talents as a Virtual Assistant for several authors. In her spare time she is a belly dance teacher and performer. Website: http://www.tammylyncarbol.com
Chris Patrick CarolanChris Patrick Carolan is an author, editor, and hovercraft enthusiast whose stories have appeared in the Enigma Front anthology series (Analemma Books, ExitZero Books), 49th Parallels: Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures (Bundoran Press), and Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Coffin Hop Press). He is Managing Editor of ExitZero Books and is currently working on revisions to his first novel, a paranormal mystery set in 1880s Halifax, Nova Scotia. You can find him on Twitter as @cpcwrites but–consider this fair warning–it’s mostly just nonsense and Simpsons memes. Website: http://www.cpcwrites.com
Swati ChavdaSwati Chavda is an author, editor, illustrator, map-artist, and a former neurosurgeon. After years of repairing people’s brains, in 2010 she left her thriving neurosurgery career to follow her passion to become a full-time writer. She has published a self-help book: Ignite: Beat Burnout & Rekindle Your Inner Fire, and two illustrated poetry books. Her poem, At the Edge of Space and Time is a 2020 Aurora Award finalist.
She also writes speculative fiction, where her characters tend to seek answers to questions ranging from “Is there life after death?” to “Should there be life before breakfast?” She uses too many commas, too few coffee breaks—and there’s a constant battle waging in her head between British and American spelling. http://www.swatichavda.com Website: http://www.thewritingvault.com
Dwayne ClaydenDwayne Clayden combines his knowledge and experience as a police officer and paramedic to write crime thrillers. His first novel, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur Ellis award. Outlaw
His vast experience working with emergency services spans over 40 years and includes work as a police officer, paramedic, tactical paramedic, firefighter, emergency medical services (EMS) chief, educator, and academic chair.
Dwayne is a popular speaker at writing conferences and for writing groups, providing police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors and screenwriters. The co-author of four paramedic textbooks, he has spoken internationally at EMS conferences for the past three decades. He is on the Board of Directors for the Crime Writers of Canada and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. Website: http://www.dwayneclayden.com
Joe ComptonJoe Compton is an Indie Author, Publisher, and filmmaker who has worked in the music business, been in tossed around in the Hollywood system, and experienced both sides of publishing Traditional and Independent. He is the author of 2 novels AMONGST THE KILLING and it’s sequel WE THE MORAL MAJORITY. Joe also runs the media Online Network GoIndieNow which covers, supports, and promotes Indie Artists of all artforms through a series of regularly scheduled shows broadcasting all over social media and website blogs and interviews. Website: http://goindienow.com
B G CousinsB.G. Cousins has travelled the World, sort of. His engineering career takes him to many places around world, although not to the touristy spots. He started writing novels in 2015 to kill time during layovers in airports and on planes. His first novel, The Locket, was published in 2016. He makes his novels as historically accurate as possible, weaving history’s anomalies into stories of love, conflict and adventure. Since The Locket, he has written The Great Celt, Dark Before Light, and The Tachi.
B.G. Cousins is a member of ARWA and resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Craig DilouieCraig DiLouie is an American-Canadian author of speculative fiction. Published by big publishers, small presses, and self-published, Craig has written in many genres from dark fantasy to WW2 thrillers. His work has been translated into multiple languages and optioned for screen adaptation. He is a member of SFWA, HWA, International Thriller Writers, and IFWA. Website: http://www.CraigDilouie.com
Sandra FitzpatrickSandra Fitzpatrick is bilingual in financial and English. She's been helping artists, writers, actors and other Creative People with their taxes, both Canadian and US, since 2006. Many have not known the deductions available as self-employed people and she does several seminars each year to bring this information and more on the basics of financial planning to them. Coming soon is Financial Sh*t for Creative People. She has been writing fantasy and science fiction for over ten years and is a long-time member of IFWA. As Lee F. Patrick, her novel Alter Egos and several short pieces came out in 2017. Her thriller The Alanyo Heir was published in 2018.
Susan ForestSusan Forest is a science fiction and fantasy writer, and an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, with Flights of Marigolds to be launched at WWC this year. She has published over 25 short stories in Canadian and international publications, including Asimov's, Analog, and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. She was an Aurora Award finalist four times for her short fiction, SFWA's Secretary for four years, and has appeared at many international writing conventions. Susan loves travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her husband's motorcycle. Website: http://speculative-fiction.ca/
Ron FriedmanRon S. Friedman is an award-winning science fiction author from Calgary. His novel, TYPHOON TIME, #1 Best Seller in Time-Travel and his collection, ESCAPE VELOCITY, is Calgary Herald #1 Best Seller.
Ron is a Best Short Fiction finalist in the 2016 Aurora Awards, Canada’s premier Science-Fiction and Fantasy awards. Ron’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, Neo-Opsis, Polar Borealis, Enigma Front and in other magazines and anthologies. Ron co-edited three anthologies and he received ten Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.
In his day job, Ron is a senior Information Technologies analyst. He is an alumni of the Launchpad Astronomy workshop: Improving Science Literacy through Words and Media. His Quora blog had been nominated for the 2018 Aurora Awards, Best Fan Publication, after Ron become a Quora most viewed author in Astronomy and Planetary Science who has attracted over two million views.
Winner of the Aurora Awards—Fan Related Other category, Ron is on the board of directors of When Words Collide festival, a former board member of the Canadian Science-Fiction and Fantasy Association, a member of SFWA, SFCanada and IFWA.
Ron is living with his loving wife and two children in Calgary, Alberta. Ron is currently working on his second novel. Website: https://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/ron/
Sarah GrahamSARAH GRAHAM spent a decade as an archaeologist before becoming a Traditional Knowledge facilitator for Indigenous communities and oil companies in 2010. She was lead facilitator for JACOS who won the 2014 Responsible Canadian Energy Social Performance Award. She co-authored the bestselling police memoir Skeletons in My Closet, Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective with Dave Sweet and writes action-adventure romantic fiction under the pseudonym Sarah Kades. Her last novel, Kiss Me in the Rain has been optioned for a feature film. She sits on the board of directors of When Words Collide, teaches writing workshops, and presents internationally on community building through the arts.
Dawn HarveyDawn Harvey is an actress, singer, voiceover artist, and writer with extensive training in singing, acting for film and stage, and voiceover. Dawn has been narrating audiobooks since 2011, training with many of the industry’s best narrators and coaches. She has narrated over 50 audiobooks and is the recipient of both Earphone and SOVAS Awards for her work. Additionally, Dawn spent several years in the oil industry and holds Bachelors and Masters of Law Degrees. Dawn has been teaching for many years, previously in the areas of law and oil & gas and, most recently, voice acting and audiobook narration.
Julie HinerJulie Hiner spent endless hours during her childhood lost in the pages of books. She could tune out anything and immerse herself in the worlds of fictional characters for an entire day. The only thing that took precedence over a book was her Walkman. To this day, Julie is a hardcore 80s rocker at heart. In high school, her favorite classes were science, math and English. During this time, her love for writing surged.
After securing a solid education in computer science at the University of Calgary, Julie spent over a decade working on large scale network systems. On a break between contracts, Julie followed her longing to finish a book she had been writing in bits and pieces. After finishing her non-fictional book portraying her personal story of facing fear and anxiety on a bicycle in the European mountains, she did some deep soul searching. This is when she decided to write a novel.
For a long time, Julie has been fascinated with the complexity of the dark mind of the serial killer and obsessed with trying to understand how murder can occur. Finding inspiration at a talk given by a local homicide detective, Julie surged down her new path to writing a dark, serial killer novel. She continues to write, focused on dark crime and horror. Her favorite parts of her new found writing process are the detailed research, creating an in-depth character and digging deep into his, her or its mind, and unleashing her inner artist on photos to create the cover and marketing material. Website: http://JustAGirlAndABike.com
Jim JacksonAuthor, speaker and gentleman Jim Jackson is a Calgary Herald bestselling author, vintage leather jacket enthusiast and dabbler in the dark arts of blues music. Jim’s mission is to show how the stories we all grew up with – the heroes, the monsters, the adventures – are still solid, muscular realities that shape our lives.
He’s the creator of the storytelling guide How to Tell a Really Good Story about Absolutely Anything in 4 Easy Steps, a handful of pulp mythology books and the blues record Flypaper Motel.
Sarah L JohnsonSarah L. Johnson lives in Calgary where she wrangles literary events at an indie bookstore, runs ultra marathons, and does daily battle with curly hair. Her short fiction has appeared in Room Magazine, Plenitude, Shock Totem, Year's Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 2 (Red Room Press), the Bram Stoker nominated Dark Visions 1 (Grey Matter Press), and Christopher Golden’s forthcoming Twisted Book of Shadows (Haverhill Press). She’s the author of Suicide Stitch: Eleven Tales (EMP Publishing) and Infractus (Coffin Hop Press). Website: http://sarahljohnson.com/
Konn LaveryKonn Lavery is a Canadian author whose work has been recognized by Edmonton’s top five bestseller charts and by reviewers such as Readers’ Favorite, and Literary Titan. He started writing stories at a young age while being homeschooled. After graduating from graphic design college, he began professionally pursuing his writing with his first release, Reality. He continues to write in the thriller, horror, and fantasy genres.
He balances his literary work along with his own graphic design and website development business. His visual communication skills have been transcribed into the formatting and artwork found within his publications supporting his fascination of transmedia storytelling. Website: https://konnlavery.com/
Karen Elizabeth LeeKaren Lee is a retired psychologist and management consultant and is a lover of different forms of writing – she leans definitely on the non-fiction side but has been known to stray. Her first book was Consulting into the Future (2002) Hodder & Stoughton, and her second was The Full Catastrophe: A Memoir (2016) She Writes Press. She has many non-fiction essays published, some academic, some journal pieces, some history. She has been teaching memoir writing at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre for seven years and is presently working on personal essays and is part-way through a new memoir based on the country village where she grew up. Website: http://karenelee-author.com/
Brenda Joyce LeahyBrenda is a Calgary author. Her debut Young Adult historical novel, The Art of Rebellion, was published by Rebelight Publishing in 2016. It spent four weeks on Calgary’s bestselling lists. Her short story, Robin Hood of the Prairies, was published in an anthology by Frontenac House in 2020. She is a current member of SCBWI, CANSCAIP, and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. She also hosts a local critique group for YA and MG writers.
Lacy LieffersLacy Lieffers is an editor, strategic marketer, and brand developer. She has a degree in marketing, and provides editing and marketing services to authors through her business, One Leaf Editing. Lacy has a passion for building strong brands, understanding consumer behaviour, and helping her clients shape and share their story with their audience.
It’s her belief that your brand is the storytelling portion of your journey, and a well-defined brand will highlight who you are as an author, establish your voice, identify your ideal reader, and serve as a guide for your words and strategic direction. Website: http://www.oneleafediting.ca
Halli LilburnHalli Lilburn has many stories published with Leap Books, Tesseracts 18 and 22, We Shall be Monsters, and many others. She is an editor for The Dame was Trouble by Coffin Hop Press. She teaches art and creative writing classes at CASA in Lethbridge. She doesn't like talking about herself. Website: https://hallililburn.blogspot.com
Bobbi LintnerBobbi Lintner has been in the indie and self-publishing world for 5 years as an editor, language creator, and world artist, and currently works at Quill & Pounce in Calgary, Alberta. As an avid reader, mythology nerd, and writer herself, Bobbi’s love for words and worlds not her own is endless. She takes special interest in works that include POC / LGBT+ characters, and believes that diversity is critical in all fiction. When not at her computer, she spends her time singing, raising 2 kids, reading tarot, gardening, and sacrificing wine to the Fae and Old Gods.
Josephine LoReJosephine LoRe is a Calgary poet and teacher whose words have been spoken on the stage and interpreted through painting, music, and dance. Her work has been featured in print and online in Canada, the US, England and Japan.
Two collections of her poetry have been published, Unity and the Calgary Herald Bestseller Cowichan Series as well as the short story Cornflower. Josephine contributed The Art of Writing to the 2019 publication Writing Better Fiction.
Josephine completed a Maîtrise en Arts at l'Université de Rouen (France), a bilingual BEd from Laurentian University and an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the AWCS, the WGA, Haiku Canada and the League of Canadian Poets. Website: https://www.josephinelorepoet.com
Elissa McCollElissa McColl writes fast-paced YA novels featuring unconventional girls. Her first novel is about ancient Amazon women warriors. Her WIP is a contemporary YA about a white-water kayaker. She spent her twenties traveling to 40+ countries and working as an Exploration Geophysicist. She has snorkeled surrounded by jellyfish, cage dived with sharks, stalked lemurs and been chased by pirates. She is an avid alpine skier and white-water kayaker and lives in Canmore, Alberta.
Murray MooreMurray Moore (Ontario) (CSFFA Secretary January 2016 - October 2019) succeeded Clint Budd as President of the Board of Directors of CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) in October 2019. Murray's role as Deputy Division Head, Exhibits, of CoNZealand, the first virtual Worldcon, will finish the weekend before When Words Collide.
Nina MunteanuNina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto. Her latest book Water Is...—a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. Website: http://www.NinaMunteanu.ca
Joshua PantallerescoJoshua Pantalleresco writes stuff, and podcasts too. Joshua has written the Watcher series (composing The Watcher, Stormdancer, and The Wandering God) for Mirror World Publishing. His current works are Alice Zero - the start of the Greek Alice Saga and his first novel, The Cloud Diver. He writes for First Comics News as a columnist. His podcast, Just Joshing is a 2018 Aurora Award winning podcast in which he interviews authors and other creative people about life, the universe and everything. He lives in Calgary. Website: http://jpantalleresco.wordpress.com
Celeste A PetersCeleste A. Peters is a dreamer and schemer of speculative fiction. Her work has been published in Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy’s Urban Green Man anthology, Solarwyrm’s Amok: Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, and in every issue of the Enigma Front anthology series to date. She was twice a finalist in the Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, and also received an Aurora Award nomination in 2017 as editor of the Enigma Front: Burnt anthology. Celeste resides in Calgary, Alberta, where she benefits greatly from the help and encouragement of her friends in the Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association. Website: http://www.celestepeters.com
Marie PowellMarie Powell is the author of over 40 children’s books, including picture books, early readers and middle grade books. Read more Children’s Books. Editing Services. Marie works as a professional editor, as well as a photographer, journalist, travel writer, workshop leader, and author of poetry and short fiction. Website: http://mariepowell.ca
Simon RoseSimon Rose is a Calgary author of sixteen novels, eight guides for writers, and more than 100 nonfiction books for children and young adults.
Simon served as the Writer-in Residence with the Canadian Authors Association and is a member of the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors. Simon also provides services for writers, including editing, coaching, and ghostwriting and offers programs for schools. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services and offers online workshops and courses for children and adults. Website: http://www.simon-rose.com
Jonas SaulJonas Saul is the bestselling author of the SARAH ROBERTS SERIES and has written and published over thirty thrillers. After selling more than two million books, he signed with the Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management. His recent releases are, The Future is Written, published by pioneering media company Adaptive Studios, and The Immortal Gene, published by Vesuvian Books.
Saul has traveled extensively throughout the world to scout settings for his thrillers, spending several years between Greece, Italy, Denmark, and Hungary. He is regularly invited to be a guest speaker, teacher, or workshop presenter at international writing conferences. Website: http://jonassaul.com/
Holly SchofieldHolly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her speculative fiction has appeared in many publications including Analog, Lightspeed, and Escape Pod, is used in university curricula, and has been translated into several languages. She hopes to save the world through science fiction and homegrown heritage tomatoes. Website: http://hollyschofield.wordpress.com
Diane TerranaDiane is the Executive Editor at The Rights Factory, a Toronto literary agency, and she teaches in the Creative Writing program in the University of Toronto's SCS. Her debut YA novel, The World on Either Side, will be launched this September by Orca Book Publishers—with a pre-release exclusive for When Words Collide. Diane lives in the GTA with her husband, youngest son, calico cat and Siberian husky. (Two of her kids have left home, but have yet to clean out their bedrooms.)
Diane spent her childhood in Calgary and is thrilled to be back for the festival.
Suzy VadoriSuzy is a Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker and the Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain Series (The Fountain, The West Woods, Wall of Wishes). This fantastical Young Adult Series has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well as Five Stars and a bronze medallion from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She is represented by Naomi Davis of Bookends Literary Agency.
Suzy is a Program Manager for Calgary’s When Words Collide (WWC), teaches writing at Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and is a touring member of the Young Alberta Book Society.
Her book coaching business grew from the number of writers coming to her for writing tips, editing, marketing advice and motivational support on their projects. She loves working with writers at all stages in many genres, including Non-Fiction, Memoir, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Middle Grade, Picture Books and of course, Young Adult. Suzy is currently completing her Advanced Book Coach Certification from Jennie Nash’s Author Accelerator. Website: https://suzyvadori.wordpress.com
P J VernonP. J. Vernon writes psychological suspense and is "a name to watch in the thriller genre" (Booklist). Library Journal and Book Riot compare his critically-acclaimed Gothic debut When You Find Me (Crooked Lane Books) to Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. His debut has sold in multiple countries, languages and formats, including the re-titled *Une Certaine Annie* in French (La Martiniere) and French-Canadian (Guy Saint-Jean). He is represented by CookeMcDermid Literary Mgmt and United Talent Agency (film). Website: http://pjvernonbooks.com/
Elizabeth WhittonElizabeth Whitton’s Houses of the Old Blood won the Aurora Award for Best YA Novel, 2018, and her short story, The Calling, (written as Elizabeth Grotkowski) was an Aurora Award finalist. Three of her short stories have appeared in the Enigma Front anthologies. Elizabeth does promotional work for When Worlds Collide and is the festival’s Science Fiction/Fantasy Program Lead. She manages the prejudge readers for the Robin Herrington Memorial “In Places Between” short story contest. She is an active member of IFWA and ARWA.
The Gold Flame of Senica, the second book in her award winning HOUSES OF THE OLD BLOOD urban fantasy YA series, will be released this year.
Lisa WildeLisa has been writing part-time for over 35 years. She was a participant of the Clarion Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy back in 1984, and since then has worked with some local writer’s groups, sharing the Clarion “method” of workshopping. Nowadays, most people would consider her a “dabbler”, with so many stories started and in various stages of completion that it would take the full word count allowed here to list them. She has two novels – both in the fantasy sword and sorcery genre – in the final process of being ready for publishing. She hopes to debut both of them at this year’s When Words Collide.
Edward WillettEdward Willett is the Aurora Award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction. His most recent novel is Worldshaper (“a rollicking contemporary fantasy”—Publishers Weekly starred review), Book 1 in the Worldshapers series from DAW Books. Book 2, Master of the World, comes out in September. His short-story collection Paths to the Stars(Shadowpaw Press) was shortlisted for two 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards. His YA dark-fantasy novel Changers comes out in 2020 from ChiZine Publications. Ed hosts The Worldshapers podcast (), featuring conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process. Website: https://www.edwardwillett.com
Talena WintersTalena Winters is addicted to stories, tea, chocolate, yarn, and silver linings. She writes page-turning fiction for teens and adults in multiple genres, coaches other writers, has written several award-winning songs, designs knitting patterns under her label My Secret Wish, and is lead writer for Move Up magazine. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, two dogs, and an assortment of farm cats. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up. Website: http://www.talenawinters.com/