With August behind us, the When Words Collide organizers are already at work planning chapter 8 of our festival. We are hoping to do more in 2018 than we've done in the past and are looking for additional people to join our planning committee. If you would like to be a part of making great things happen, please contact us at:


2018 Festival Guests!

Check out next year's festival guests:
Peter V. Brett
Harold Johnson
Erin Lindsey
Sam Morgan
Deanna Raybourn
Arthur Slade

Registration is Open

We have already filled 25% of our 2018 registration cap. If you plan on attending When Words Collide next August, take advantage of our early-bird rates. Online registration and the downloadable mail-in form are at:

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

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta Calgary South will be able to accept online room bookings toward the end of next week. Hint: Book early; the past 3 years the hotel has sold out well in advance of the booking deadline.

Journey Through The Ages Banquet

Roman Centurions. Japanese Samurai. British Druids. Our Saturday evening banquet will have a Journey Through the Ages theme. Dress from any period is welcome, but not required. Banquet tickets may be purchased at time of registration or separately using the same form.

Master Classes

Once again we will have a full slate of Master Classes by our festival guests. Classes for 2018 will be offered prior to and following the festival. Details TBA.
Your Feedback

The postmortem meeting for WWC 2017 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:

New podcast added: 2017 Keynote talk by Jennifer Estep. Find this and all WWC festival podcasts at:

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

What's Happening
When Words Collide Wins the 2017 Aurora Award

When Words Collide wishes to thank everyone who participated in the nomination and voting process for the 2017 Aurora Awards. Congratulations to all of this year's winners! We are proud to have received the award for the Fan (Volunteer) Organizational category.
Writers in the House, Sept 30 & Oct 1

Join Calgary area writers for a weekend of writing at the Delta Calgary South Fireside Room. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sat and Sun for social writing.

Owl's Nest Books Events

Sat, Sept 30 - Angela Misri
Wed, Oct 4 - Serge Mazerand

Mon, Oct 16 - Paul E. Hardisty
Thur, Oct 19 - Pamela McDowell
Sun, Oct 22 -
Thea Lynn Paul & Julia Turnbull
Tues, Oct 24 - M. Jane Collette
Thur, Oct 26 - George Johnson
Sat, Oct 28 - David Ranshaw
Sun, Oct 29 - Kim Smith
Mon, Oct 30 - Kathy Calvert  & Dale Portman
Wed, Nov 1 - Jim Jackson
Sun, Nov 5 - Shenazz Nanji
Mon, Nov 6 - Steve Passey
Tue, Nov 7 - S. M. Beiko

and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:

When Words Collide Halloween Fundraiser
Indigo Signal Hill
Monday, Oct 30th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for an evening of shopping and check out some amazing local spooky fiction authors to celebrate Halloween and raise money for When Words Collide. Costuming is strongly encouraged and there may even be prizes to win for those who dress up!!  

Confirmed authors so far include:
Makenzi Fisk
Randy McCharles

15% of your total purchase* will be donated to When Words Collide.
*some exclusions apply, such as Indigotech and gift cards, but the bulk of the store product is applicable for this amazing Fundraiser.


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!)
Owl's Nest Customer Appreciation Day, Nov 4

20% of all in-stock items. Activities for kids throughout the day.

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