Chapter seven of When Words Collide in 2 months! August 11-13, 2017

Not Registered?

Only 3 passes remain out of 750. Once we are sold out, we will begin processing our waiting list. We currently have 6 people who have passes available. If you require a pass, let us know and we will arrange a transfer. If you discover you can no longer attend and need to transfer your pass, we can add you to our list.
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.)

Public Events

If you cannot get a pass for this year's festival, we do have some events that do not require a pass.
1. Festival Guest readings. This year's festival guests - Jennifer Estep, Sam Hiyate, C.C. Humphreys. Guy Gavriel Kay, and Mark Leslie - will be reading at the Fish Creek Public Library on Thursday Aug 10 from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 11 from 1-3 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).
2. Autograph Session. Our festival guests joined by 80+ attending authors will be signing books on Saturday Aug 12 from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).
3. 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).

Master Classes

2017 Master Classes presented by our festival guests are filling up. Details can be found in the PDF at:

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta hotel is more or less sold out. If you require a room and cannot get one through the hotel, we may be able to finagle one for you (contact us ).
2017 Program

Our 2nd draft 2017 schedule is almost ready. Look for it online in a few days. We do have a few spots available for publishers to accept pitches and editors to host Blue Pencil Cafes. If you would like one, let us know ASAP. (contact us ).
Advance Signup Events

This year's advance signup events: Pitch Sessions, Blue Pencil Cafe, Saturday Night Readings (for presenters), as well as a Kaffee Klatch with festival Guest Guy Gavriel Kay, may be requested during our sign-up window July 1 - July 29. This is not 1st come, 1st serve. Over-requested sessions will be filled by random draw. Look for details on our web site beginning July 1.

Roaring 20's Banquet

Jazz! Flappers! Art Deco! Prohibition! Our Saturday evening banquet will have a Roaring 20's theme. Period dress is welcome, but not required. Banquet tickets are currently sold out and we are maintaining a waiting list for cancellations.

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.

Your Feedback

The postmortem meeting for WWC 2016 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:


Check out podcasts of select past festival keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions at:

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

What's Happening
The 2017 Aurora Awards Ballot is Now Online.
We are pleased to announce that When Words Collide has again been nominated for the Best Fan Organizational award.  For a full list of this year’s nominees go to CSFFA has posted a link from this page. For those who purchase a membership with the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, you are allowed to vote for the award and you are given access, until voting closes, to download almost all of this year written works. Kobo Canada is also sponsoring a draw from the list of voters for a free e-reader.

Owl's Nest Books Events

Tuesday June 20 - Anna Jennings Steen
Tuesday, August 15 - Meghan Masterton
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:

Stampede Readings & Discussion, June 29
Thursday, June 29, 7 PM
Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd St. SW, Calgary
Local writers Susan Calder, Kris Demeanor, Emily Ursuliak, and Aritha Van Herk read from their books about the Calgary Stampede and discuss controversies surrounding Calgary's annual wild west festival. Host: Shaun Hunter
Free. Everyone welcome. Western dress optional.
For more information, phone 403-260-2600


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