Do you have your festival pass?

Chapter Eight of When Words Collide will be here before you know it. August 10-12, 2018 is only 3 months away!


Not Registered?
We are now 90% sold out. Only 75 passes remain and will be gone in a few short weeks. If you plan to attend When Words Collide in August, don't wait too long to register. Online and mail-in registration forms 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.)

Once pre-registration is closed, we will maintain a waiting list to take advantage of cancellations.

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

The draft 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

2017 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 Readings (for presenters), as well as a Kaffee Klatch with visiting Calgary alumni author Dave Duncan. Check our web site on June 1st for details.

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! We are 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.


Jennifer Estep (Twitter- @Jennifer_Estep) is a self-described "rockstar" in Germany. Download our latest podcast and spend an hour with our 2017 festival guest as she discusses pantsing vs. plotting, Hallmark movies, the business of writing, the death or urban fantsy, and so much more. Find this 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
Aurora Awards Nominations Closes May 26th
By selecting eligible novels, short stories, poems, anthologies, and even TV shows from drop down lists, nominate your favourite Canadian speculative fiction for the 2018 Aurora Awards. If you enjoyed When Words Collide last year, you can even nominate our festival! CSFFA membership is required, but includes access to most digital selections on the final ballot.
Questions about the awards can be sent to:

Owl's Nest Books Events

Thu May 17 Erin Thorp
Sat May 19 PK Pachan
Wed May 23 Bill Bunn
Sat May 26 Lorna J. Carlton
Sat Jun 2 Nicole Brooks
Thu Jun 21 Adam Dreece
Sun Jun 24 Mieka DiLouie
Tue Jun 26 Nasreen Pejvack
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:
Creative Ink Festival, May 18 - 20

Check out WWC's sister festival in Burnaby, B.C.
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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