Chapter Nine of the When Words Collide Festival is now 95% sold out. Do you have your pass?
August 9-11, 2019 is less than 2 months away.



Festival Pre-Registration


We expect the 2019 festival to be sold out in a few short days, 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, now may be your last chance. 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.)

If you need to cancel your pass or banquet ticket, please contact us and provide as much information as you can. i.e. Type of pass (Adult, Senior/Student, or Youth), how purchased (PayPal, mail-in, Square), and when (at last year's festival, approximate month, etc.) If possible, forward us your PayPal receipt.This will help us locate your information faster.
Click here: Cancel 2019

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta Calgary South is able to accept online room bookings. The special festival rate expires July 6th (if the hotel isn't sold out first).

Flying to Calgary?
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!

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

The Advance signup period closes 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. The results of advance signup will be posted shortly after June 21. Remaining available spots may be be claimed via email up to the end of July.


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 signed up and don't have that information, contact us and we'll put you in touch.

Leaving the Page: Character Banquet

The banquet menu has now been posted. Ticket-holders with dietary concerns should contact us so we can make substitutions with the hotel.
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 in the Lake Louise Room on the 2nd floor of the Atrium building. A list of showing artists is now available:

Festival Check-in
The festival check-in table is located in the lobby of the Atrium building outside the Merchants Corner (Nakiska Ballroom). Please have photo ID ready to pick up your festival badge, Program Book, and Quick Guide. The check-in table opens on the festival Friday ~11 AM and remains open during daytime hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If there is a line-up and you need to be at a festival session, please attend your session and return to the check-in table for your materials at your earliest convenience.
Note: Banquet tickets must be picked up by 1 PM Saturday. If you are not able to pick up your ticket(s) by then, please contact us to make alternate arrangements.
Festival 2020 pre-registration will be available at the check-in table on Sunday. Why wait?

Be Prepared

Additional information for getting ready for and arriving at the festival can be found at:


Public Events
If you cannot find a pass for this year's festival, or have friends who would like to check us out, we do have some free events open to the public.

1. Festival Guest readings. This year's festival guests
- James Alan Gardner, Jonas Saul, Kat Flannery, Leanne Shirtliffe, and Lisa Mangum - will be reading at the Fish Creek Public Library on Thursday Aug 8th from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 9th  from 1-3 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

2. Autograph Session. Our festival guests joined by 70+ attending authors will be signing books on Saturday Aug 10th from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

3. Saturday Night Rapid Readings by attending authors. Sat August 10th from 7-9 PM in the Fireside Room (Tower Building).

4. 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).


Recent podcasts added: The New Writer Roll Call. Authors, mentors, and agents discuss the various resources, tools, and communities available to new writers looking to start out on the write path.
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
2019 Aurora Awards Ballot
The 2019 Aurora Awards ballot was announced on June 1st.  Go to:
for details. The voters’ package, containing almost all of the e-versions of the written works, will be available later in June to download. Voting begins on August 3rd.  Both voting and access to the voters’ package will close on September 14th.
To vote and download the voters’ package you must be a paid member of CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association). All Canadian citizens or landed immigrants are welcome, and encouraged, to participate. Download, read, vote for what you liked. Awards website:

Owl's Nest Books Events
Thu Jun 13 - Garry Leech
Sat Jun 15 - Nicolette Little
Sat Jun 22 - Christine Gordon Manley
Sun Jun 23 - Loree Dittrich
Sat Jul 27 - Judith Millar
Sun Jul 28 - Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:
Writers in the House, Oct 12 - 14
Join Calgary area writers for a long Thanksgiving weekend of writing at the Delta Calgary South Fireside Room. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sat, Sun, and Mon 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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