Chapter 7 of When Words Collide in 5 weeks! August 11-13, 2017 Are you ready?

Festival is Sold Out!

For a third year running, When Words Collide has sold out in June. If you don't have a pass, ask to be placed on our waiting list. We already have a few people who are waiting for passes as well as a few who can no longer attend and are making their passes available. We will begin processing transfers within the next couple of days.

If you are unsure if you already have a pass, check our online pass-holders list at:
(Note that, if at time of registration you did not indicate to be listed, you will not be listed.)

Public Events

If you cannot get a pass for this year's festival, we do have some events that do not require a pass.
1. Festival Guest readings. This year's festival guests - Jennifer Estep, Sam Hiyate, C.C. Humphreys. Guy Gavriel Kay, and Mark Leslie - will be reading at the Fish Creek Public Library on Thursday Aug 10 from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 11 from 1-3 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).
2. Autograph Session. Our festival guests joined by 80+ attending authors will be signing books on Saturday Aug 12 from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).
3. 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).

Be Prepared

Information for getting ready for and arriving at the festival can be found at:

Master Classes

There is still room in our Thursday and Friday 2017 Master Classes. Details can be found in the PDF at:

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta hotel is more or less sold out. If you require a room and cannot get one through the hotel, we may be able to finagle one for you (contact us ).
2017 Program

Our 2nd draft 2017 schedule has been posted. We do have a few panel discussions with room for additional presenters. If you would like to participate, let us know ASAP. (contact us ).
Advance Signup Events

This year's advance signup events: Pitch Sessions, Blue Pencil Cafe, Saturday Night Readings (for presenters), as well as a Kaffee Klatch with festival Guest Guy Gavriel Kay, may be requested during our sign-up window July 1 - July 29. This is not 1st come, 1st serve. Over-requested sessions will be filled by random draw. Details are at:

Roaring 20's Banquet

Jazz! Flappers! Art Deco! Prohibition! Our Saturday evening banquet will have a Roaring 20's theme. Period dress is welcome, but not required. Banquet tickets are currently sold out and we are maintaining a waiting list for cancellations.

Shared Author Table

Authors attending WWC who have books for sale not available elsewhere in the Merchants' Corner are welcome to join the IFWA sponsored cooperative booksellers' table. Bring a maximum of 3 titles to the IFWA table on Friday (or when you arrive) and sign up to work for an hour (or more) over the weekend. Display materials (stands, card cases, etc.) are in short supply; if you have your own, bring them!  During your hour you will sell all books at the table, and you can do signings as well. Contact person is the same as previous years. If you don't have that information, contact us and we'll put you in touch.

Your Feedback

The postmortem meeting for WWC 2016 is past and the organizers wish to thank those who provided feedback. We can, however, consider feedback at any time. If you wish to comment on something you particularly liked or disliked, or have suggestions for future festival guests or content, please let us know:


Check out podcasts of select past festival keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions at:

News & Notes Archive
This and past newsletters can be found at::

What's Happening
The 2017 Aurora Awards Ballot is Now Online.
We are pleased to announce that When Words Collide has again been nominated for the Best Fan Organizational award.  For a full list of this year’s nominees go to CSFFA has posted a link from this page. Those who purchase a membership with the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association are entitled to vote for the award and are given access, until voting closes, to download almost all of this year's written works. Kobo Canada is also sponsoring a draw from the list of voters for a free e-reader.

Owl's Nest Books Events

Saturday July 8 - Tyler Trafford & Susan Cameron
Saturday July 15 - Carrie Stanton & Kristen Hubshmid
Saturday July 22 - Rich Theroux & Jess Szabo
Saturday August 5 - Genevieve Graham
Tuesday, August 15 - Meghan Masterton
Monday August 28 - Loren A. Olson
Tuesday, September 12 - Katherine Dell
Thursday, September 14 - Anne Campbell
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:

CARWA Fall Workshop, Nov 4

1-day workshop at the Delta South Calgary with successful author and speaker Marie Force and agent Joanna MacKenzie from the Nelson Agency. (Limited Pitching spots! First come first serve!)


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