When Words Collide Chapter Eight.  August 10-12, 2018.
In 2 months!


Festival is Sold Out!
Fourth year running, When Words Collide is sold out in June. 750 passes have been issued. If you don't have a pass, ask to be placed on our waiting list. Each year we receive around 30 cancellations from people who can no longer attend. Their passes are then made available to people on our waiting list. We expect to begin processing transfers on a week or so.
If you are unsure if you 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.)

Note: If you need to cancel your pass or banquet ticket, please contact us and provide as much information as you can. i.e. Type of pass (Adult, Senior/Student, or Youth), how purchased (PayPal, mail-in, Square), and when (at last year's festival, approximate month, etc.) If possible, forward us your PayPal receipt.This will help us locate your information faster. Click here: Cancel 2018

Change in Guest Lineup

With great sadness we announce that Deanna Raybourn is no longer able to attend this year's festival. We do hope to see her in a future year. All is not lost, however. Appearing in her place are authors Tasha Alexander and Andrew Grant. Tasha Alexander is best known for her Lady Emily series of historical mysteries. Andrew Grant writes thrillers. Check out their full bios on our web site.

Public Events

If you cannot find a pass for this year's festival, we do have some events that do not require one.

1. Festival Guest readings. This year's festival guests
- Tasha Alexander, Peter V. Brett, Andrew Grant, Harold Johnson, Erin Lindsey, Arthur Slade, & Sam Morgan - will be reading at the Fish Creek Public Library on Thursday Aug 9th from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 10th  from 1-3 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

2. Autograph Session. Our festival guests joined by 50+ attending authors will be signing books on Saturday Aug 11th from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

3. Saturday Night Rapid Readings by attending authors. Sat August 11th 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).

Have You Considered Volunteering!

When Words Collide is a 100% volunteer-run festival. Our organizers work throughout the year to make the festival possible, but we also need volunteers during the festival to make things run smoothly. Check out details at:

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta Calgary South is filling up. Book now! The past 3 years the hotel has sold out well in advance of the booking deadline.

2018 Program

Our 2nd draft of the 2018 schedule is now online! There will still be some tweaks as presenters confirm and request changes, but check out what we have in store this year!

Master Classes

2018 Master Classes presented by our festival guests are filling up. Details can be found in the PDF at:

Please note that the speculative fiction manuscript workshop with agent Sam Morgan is sold out.

Advance Signup Events

Advance signup is available during the month of June-- Pitch Sessions, Blue Pencil Cafe, Saturday Night Rapid Readings (for presenters), as well as a Kaffee Klatch with visiting Calgary alumni author Dave Duncan. The sign-up period ends on June 30th, so don't wait.

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.
The Hidden Art Show

We are building a great line-up for WWC's first ever Hidden Art Show! The show is hidden away in the Lake Louise room on the 2nd floor of the Atrium building. Come visit, be inspired, and perhaps find a piece of art begging to go home with you. If you are an artist interested in participating in the future, please contact us to be added to our Art Show contact list.

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.
Note: The banquet is now sold out. e-mail us to add your name to the waiting list.

Festival Check-in

The festival check-in table is located in the lobby of the Atrium building outside the Merchants Corner (Nakiska Ballroom). Please have photo ID ready to pick up your festival badge, Program Book, and Quick Guide. The check-in table opens on the festival Friday ~11 AM and remains open during daytime hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If there is a line-up and you need to be at a festival session, please attend your session and return to the check-in table for your materials at your earliest convenience.
Note: Banquet tickets must be picked up by 1 PM Saturday. If you are not able to pick up your ticket(s) by then, please contact us to make alternate arrangements.
Festival 2019 pre-registration will be available at the check-in table on Sunday. Why wait?

Be Prepared

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


The 2017 WWC festival guest reading and Q & A is now available as a set of six files. For your convenience, each guest is a separate download. Listen to them in order to recreate the event, or mix and match. Among the podcasts: Agent Sam Hiyate shares excerpts from two authors he represents. Mark Leslie reads from Haunted Hospitals. C. C. Humphreys introduces (or reintroduces) his naughty hero Jack Absolute. Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin visits an old west theme park. Guy Gavriel Kay sets the stage for Children of Earth and Sky. In the sixth episode, all five guests answer questions from the audience. Enjoy!
Find these and all WWC festival podcasts at:
Podcasts may now also be found at our YouTube Channel. (Link is on our left-hand banner near the Facebook and Twitter Links.)

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

What's Happening
Voting for the 2018 Aurora Awards Begins on July 28th

This year’s Aurora Awards ballot has been announced and When Words Collide is up for the Best Fan Organizational award! Thank you to everyone who nominated our festival. To see the full ballot visit:
The voters package containing digital versions of most of this year's finalists will be available for download for CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association) members later this month. Voting for the awards opens on July 28th.and closes at 11:59 pm EDT on September 8th, 2018.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony held during the weekend of Oct 5-7 in Richmond BC at VCON.

Questions about the awards can be sent to:

Owl's Nest Books Events

Thu Jun 14 Richard Cumyn & Lee Kvern
Thu Jun 21 Adam Dreece
Sun Jun 24 Mieka DiLouie
Tue Jun 26 Nasreen Pejvack
Sat Jul 7
Miriam Verheyden
Tue Jul 17 Tim Reynolds
Sat Jul 21 Marie Maccagno
Sat Jul 28 Julie Hiner
Thu Aug 2 Chadwick Ginther
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:
Sultry & Sweet Summer Reads YYC, June 24

Eau Claire Market (Calgary) from 12-4 p.m. FREE
Mark your calendars for Calgary's 1st Romance Readers Festival. Come celebrate the romance novel and love stories in all their complications and get up close and personal with some of the steamiest and sweetest authors in the genre.
An Alberta romance author and interested in participating? See details on the web site.
Women of Stampede, July 3

Owl's Nest Book Store (Calgary) from 7-9 p.m.
Saddle up for the ride! The Women of Stampede will lasso your hearts!
If you love romance novels with a Western flair, join the authors as they share their novels in the Women of Stampede series. C.G. Furst, Nicole Roy, Brenda Sinclair, Katie O'Connor, Shelly Cassian, Maeve Buchanan, & Alyssa Lyn Palmer.

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