As announced on our Facebook page, When Words Collide is online this year. Same dates. Virtual venue.

With 5 tracks of programming + Blue Pencil Cafe + Pitch Sessions + the 2020 Aurora Awards + much much more, you are sure to find content you will enjoy.

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 an event you would like to participate in. (Event links will be posted in the program PDF just prior to the weekend.) Most events will use the ZOOM platform.

For Blue Pencil Cafe, Pitch Sessions, and 1-on-1 consultations, you must email us a query in advance. Editors and agents will make appointments for accepted queries.

Note: Our 10th Anniversary in-person festival has been postponed to August 2021.
2020 Aurora Awards

When Words Collide is hosting the 2020 Aurora Awards as part of our online festival.

Hidden Art Show 2020
When Words Collide is hosting the Art Show as part of our online festival.


Everything About Publishing Childrens Books with Leanne Shirtliffe and Mark Leslie (Lefevbre)'s 7 Ps of Publishing Success have joined our selection of past festival sessions at:

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

What's Happening
2020 Aurora Awards Voting Ends July 25th
The 2020 Aurora Awards voters package is available for download. Voting is open from June 20 - July 25.

When Words Collide is honoured to host this year’s Aurora Awards as part of our online festival. 

Owl's Nest Books
An important message: For over 40 years Owl’s Nest Books has been an integral part of Calgary’s literary landscape. While rising costs and competition from big-box book and toy retailers, not to mention online retailers, have made it difficult to maintain our business we are determined to remain the best store in Calgary for book clubs and personalized service. 
A Friend of the Nest sponsorship is a 1 year, renewable package available for purchase by individuals, groups, or as a gift for $100 per year. Proceeds from the sale of sponsorship packages will go toward the store’s operational costs.
Benefits of being a Friend of the Nest sponsor includes:
  • Invitation to quarterly, sponsors-only, in store shopping parties with a 20% discount on in stock items*
  • Free Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs), available at sponsors parties
  • Reserved prime seating at all in store events
  • Free attendance to our annual Book Club Discussion Night
  • Free gift wrapping service for in store purchases
  • Option to participate in a “Sponsor’s Picks” feature, similar to our “Staff Picks”
  • Name listed on a “Friends of the Nest” display, in store and on our web site
  • Ability to rent the bookstore outside of normal operating hours for private events at our cost
*some exclusions may apply – see staff for details

Become a Friend of the Nest at:

Alexandra Writers' Centre Society
For online courses on writing and related events in Calgary, check out the Centre's event calendar.

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