The August 14-16, 2020 festival
has been postponed
to August 13-15, 2021.


As announced in last month's newsletter, due to the ongoing pandemic our 2020 festival has been rolled forward to August 2021. Though sad, this is the safest course of action. All 2020 festival passes and banquet tickets have also been rolled forward to next year, though refunds may be requested through to the end of July 2020. If you require a refund, please contact:

Please keep yourself and your family safe during these difficult times.
Unbook Your Hotel Room
If you booked a hotel room for the August festival, please remember to cancel your reservation.

Unbook Your Flight
If you booked an airline for the August festival, please remember to cancel your reservation.

2020 WWC Online Writers Festival
We are currently working with presenters to provide content for a free online festival over our regular festival weekend. We hope to include a variety of live and pre-recorded webcasts and 1-on-1 consultations through the weekend. If you are a past WWC presenter, and can contribute an online webcast, we would love to hear from you.

2020 Aurora Awards

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

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

2020 Short Story Contest

This year's Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, "In Places Between", has been cancelled, but will resume next year.


The 2019 Guest Keynotes 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 Ballot Announced
The 2020 Aurora Awards Ballot has been released, and the awards 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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