The festival is now 85% sold out. Do you have your pass?
August 9-11, 2019 will soon be here.



Festival Pre-Registration


We expect the 2019 festival to be sold out some time in June, after which we will maintain a waiting list for passes returned by passholders who can no longer attend. If you plan to join us in August, why wait? Get your pass now. Online registration and the downloadable mail-in form 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.)

Change of Guests

It is with regret we were informed that Charles de Lint is no longer able to join us this year. Fortunately, award-winning speculative fiction author James Alan Gardner has agreed to fill the void. Check out Jim's bio at:

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta Calgary South is able to accept online room bookings. Hint: Book early; the past 4 years the hotel has sold out well in advance of the booking deadline. Also, this year WestJet has a festival discount for travel to Calgary.
2019 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!
(Note: page will not be updated until after the long weekend)

Master Classes
The manuscript workshop with Lisa Mangan is sold out. If you would like to participate in a manuscript workshop, James Alan Gardner is offering a class on the Monday or Tuesday after the festival. There is one seat left in Leanne Shirtliffe's one-on-one manuscript consultation. The remaining class have no seat limits, so feel free to join. Details can be found in the PDF at:

Advance Signup Events

Advance signup is available June 1 - June 21. Pitch Sessions, Blue Pencil Cafe, Saturday Night Rapid Readings, as well as some new items: Query Cafe, OnSpec Manuscript Review, and consultations with Mark Leslie (Lefebvre). Check our web site on June 1st for details.
(Note: link will point to last yea's information until after the long weekend)

Shared Author Table

Authors attending the festival 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 haven't already sign up and don't have that information, contact us and we'll put you in touch.

Leaving the Page: Character Banquet

Dress as a character from your favourite book. Heroes, villains, and even aliens are welcome. From any era. Join us for an evening of networking with other readers and writers.
Theme dress 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.

Hidden Art Show 2019
The Hidden Art Show is back for a second year. The list of showing artists is now available:


Recent podcasts added: The Publishers Panel. Publishers and editors discuss industry trends, their working relationships with authors and agents, the impact of ePublishing on their business, and other questions raised by the audience. Axel Howerton, Kelsey Attard, Neil Enock, Ellen Michelle, Joe Compton(M) Find this and all WWC festival podcasts at:

Your Feedback
The postmortem meeting for WWC 2018 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:

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

What's Happening
Aurora Awards Nominations Close May 19
Nominations are open until May 19th for CSFFA members to submit their top choices for this year's Aurora Awards for original works of SF/Fantasy that were first published or done by Canadians in 2018.  The awards are open to all Canadians and permanent residents.
For more information or to participate go to:

Owl's Nest Books Events
Sat May 18 - Lisa Daiker
Wed May 22 - David Poulsen
Thu May 23 - Al Onia & Jennifer Rahn
Mon May 27 - Daria Salomon & Rob Krause
Thu May 30 - Adam Dreece
Fri Jun 7 - Josephene LoRe
Sat Jun 8 - Jessica Renwick
Thu Jun 13 - Garry Leech
Sat Jun 22 - Christine Gordon Manley
Sun Jul 28 - Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:
Guy Gavriel Kay @ Calgary WORDfest May 23
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall
New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
7 PM
Join us for an evening with past festival guest and internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay as he presents his masterful new novel, A Brightness Long Ago. Set in the vivid world of early Renaissance Italy, the novel offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. CBC host Jennifer Keene will be doing the on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. $20 admission.

Writers in the House, June 1 & 2
Join Calgary area writers for a weekend of writing at the Delta Calgary South Fireside Room. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sat and Sun for social writing.

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

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