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2020 Online Festival Registration

There is no registration required for the online festival. All online events are free of charge and provided on a volunteer basis by the presenters. Just drop in throughout the weekend and click on the event link for any event you would like to participate in. (Event links will be posted in the program PDF just prior to the weekend.) Note: Most events will use the ZOOM platform.

2020 Online Program

Our online program has been finalized. With over 100 presenters offering over 100 sessions over 3 days, there is always something of interest to choose from each hour.

Query Deadline is August 7th

Last call! Pitch Sessions & Blue Pencil Cafe. Don't miss out. Check the Online Festival Program for details.

Live Editing with Jonas Saul Deadline is Aug 9th
If you'd like to throw your manuscript into the ring and receive live feedback, check the Online Festival Program for details. Session is Friday 2 pm.

2020 Online Business Coaching Sessions

James Kademan of Draw in Customers Business Coaching is offering a limited number of complimentary 20-minute lightning coaching sessions. In this session you will discover the next steps to take to achieve your goals as you build your writing career. A business secret is to start with the lowest hanging fruit and work your way up the tree. So, let's start picking! For a chance at a session, email no later than August 7, 2020.
Note: this offer is open to everyone who has attended a past When Words Collide Festival or is registered for 2020 (now 2021).

2020 Social Media Strategy 1:1
A late addition to the program:
Have a one on one chat with marketing strategist Michaela Ritchie to find answers to your most pressing social media questions. Be ready to discuss your goals, examine your current promotion strategy, and figure out which digital marketing options are best suited to your unique needs as an author, artist, small press or brand.
Apply for your 1-on-1 ZOOM consultation by emailing : no later than August 9, 2020.

2020 Aurora Awards

When Words Collide is hosting the 2020 Aurora Awards as part of our online festival. Awards events will take place Saturday evening.
The awards will be webcast to multiple locations including:

Online Merchants Corner
Our Book merchants aren't sitting idle throughout this pandemic. Visit their web sites to see what's new and hot. In addition, the IFWA-sponsored Shared Authors Table is alive and well. Check out eBooks and mail-order books by participating and attending authors.

Note to authors who are registered for the 2020 festival (now postponed to 2021). You can register up to 10 of your books at the Shared Authors Table by clicking the link on the program page.


Hidden Art Show 2020

When Words Collide is hosting the Art Show as part of our online festival.


WWC 2020 Virtual Backgrounds

The festival has created several images that can be used with Zoom. For details visit:

Note: the web site currently calls these Presenter Backgrounds, but meeting attendees may also use the 4 not designated as exclusive Presenter Backgrounds.

Check out our library of recorded festival sessions from past years at:

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

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