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.
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 Master Classes presented by our festival guests are filling up. Details can be found in the PDF at:
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!
Please note that the speculative fiction manuscript workshop with agent Sam Morgan is sold out.
Advance Signup Events
Shared Author Table
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.
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
Journey Through the Ages Banquet
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.
Note: The banquet is now sold out. e-mail us to add your name to the waiting list.
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.
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?
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.
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: