Once More With Feeling-- August 13-15, 2021 will be our festival's 10th anniversary. 10 years as a meeting place for readers, writers, and other professionals in the literary world. When Words Collide organizers are already at work planning chapter 10 of our festival, and hope to include a few special events to mark the occasion.

If you have suggestions or would like to be a part of making great things happen, please contact us at:




Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the August 13 to 15, 2021 festival will be held online. Our virtual festival (WWC Online 2021) will be offered free of charge, but will require registration through Eventbrite. All paid 2021 festival passes and banquet tickets have been rolled forward to 2022.

August is now 6 months away. With no clear end in sight for the pandemic, and vaccine rollout to the general public scheduled to begin in Alberta in the fall, the organizers feel the chances of an in-person festival in August have fallen to zero. In response, we have begun transitioning festival planning to a 100% online event. Like WWC Online 2020, the festival will be free of charge. However, for a number of reasons, we will be offering it as a free Eventbrite Online event. Attendees will be required to register for the festival through Eventbrite in order to access the live content.

While the organizers would prefer an in-person festival, and are optimistic that such will be the case in 2022, a virtual festival in 2021 is the next best thing. WWC Online 2021 will be our official 10th anniversary festival. It will be big, fabulous, and exciting. Our festival guests--Cathy Ace, Vicki Delany, Steena Holmes, Fonda Lee, Dave Reynolds, and Morgan Rhodes--have agreed to join us online. We will also be holding online Master Classes before and after the festival. Stay tuned for the first draft of our 2021 Program and Master Class information. Eventbrite registration will open in the near future.

For those who registered for the 2021 in-person festival, we have rolled your weekend passes and banquet tickets forward to 2022. These are confirmed for you. We realize, however, that the pandemic has also brought financial hardship to many. If you require a refund, please contact us via email citing your name, the type of pass purchased, and the approximate time frame of the purchase, and we will see what we can do. If you can forward us your PayPal receipt, that would be especially helpful.
Festival Web Site

We are currently updating to reflect our move to a virtual festival. We are also redesigning the site to improve accessibility. Please bear with us.

WWC Online 2021 Festival Passes will be Available Soon
Thank you to everyone who registered for our 2021 in-person festival. Unfortunately, at this time it does not look like it will be safe (or legal) to gather for an in-person festival in August. There is good news, however. We are moving the festival online. Same dates. Same content (mostly). What's more, the online festival will be free to attend. Registration will be required through Eventbrite, but will not cost anything. Eventbrite registration is not open yet, but will shortly be announced.

Like last year, all passes and banquet tickets for the in-person 2021 festival have been rolled forward to 2022. So if you were registered for 2021, you are now registered for 2022.
If you are unsure if you are already registered, there are 4 ways to find out:

2021 Festival Guests!
Check out our fantastic lineup of 10th Anniversary festival guests who will be joining us online:
Cathy Ace - past president of Crime Writers of Canada and award-winning author of mystery fiction.
Vicki Delany - bestselling crime writer and winner of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award.
Steena Holmes - bestselling author in multiple genres with over 2 million copies sold.
Fonda Lee - award-winning speculative fiction author and black belt martial artist.
Dave Reynolds - Local Authors Manager for Indigo/Chapters/Coles for Western Canada.
Morgan Rhodes - bestselling and award-winning YA fantasy author AKA Michelle Rowen - bestselling romance and paranormal author, and past president of Toronto Romance Writers.

2021 Hotel Room? Travel Plans?
If you have booked a hotel room or airline flight to attend the in-person festival, please remember to cancel them.

2021 Program
The festival program is currently being revamped for a virtual platform. Most of our content will survive the transition. Be prepared to view and participate from the comfort of you own home. All you need is a computer or even a smart phone. Client virtual presence software is free and easy to use.
If you would like to present in our online program, there is still space. Find out how right here:

Master Classes

Once again we will have a full slate of Master Classes by our festival guests. Classes for 2021 will be offered online prior to and following the festival. Details available shortly.

In Places Between Short Story Contest

It's back! The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story contest returns with guest judges Susan Forest, Robert Bose, and Brian Hades.
There is no entry fee, but entrants must be registered for the free WWC Online 2020 festival via Eventbrite (registration open soon).
All genres welcome. Two submissions per entrant maximum.
Submissions must be short stories up to 4,000 words maximum.
Deadline for submissions is midnight on May 1, 2021.
Full details at

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 online cooperative booksellers' table. Sign-up will begin sometime this coming spring.

Hidden Art Show 2021
The Hidden Art Show will be back and online. If you are an attending artist at the festival. find out how to apply to show your work here:

Public Events
In-person WWC festivals include a number of events open to the public. As we are online this year as a free Eventbrite festival, all regular festival events are open to the public. We invite those who have never attended When Words Collide in the past to take advantage of our free 2021 registration and check us out.
Missed our 2020 Online Festival?

A selection of webcasts from our 2020 online festival (as well as podcasts from earlier festivals) are available on the When Words Collide YouTube Channel:

More are being added all the time.

Podcasts & Webcasts

A selection of past festival sessions can be found on our Podcast and YouTube channels:

Podcast channel:

YouTube channel:

Recent additions include:
Building A Protagonist From the Ground Up with presenters Angela Ackerman, Karen A. Chase, Kevin Weir, and Elissa McColl (2019 in-person festival)
Armchair Travel Through Fiction with presenters Diane Terrana, Elissa McColl, Jay Martin, and Rena Mason (2019 in-person festival)

Note Webcasts from from our 2020 online festival are only available on our YouTube Channel. Podcasts are available on either channel. 

Your Feedback
We would love to hear your feedback for our 2020 online festival. 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:

2021 Aurora Award Eligibility Lists Close February 28th
CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members are now encouraged to add items to the eligibility lists for works and activities accomplished in 2020 by Canadians in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. These lists will be used by our members to nominate for this year’s awards. Eligibility lists will be open until the end of day on February 28th. Nominations will open a week later.
Please note, this year we have split the Short Fiction category into two new categories: Short Story (less than 7,500 words) and Novelette/Novella (less than 40,000 words). 
Annual dues are just $10 and allow members to nominate, vote, and download ebooks of most of the award finalists. For more details about the awards visit:
Writers in Your House
March 19-21
Our 1st virtual retreat went so well we are doing it again. So pick a project for March and join us in putting in a highly productive 3 days on our next novel, novella, short story, or whatever project needs doing. We encourage participants to join the Facebook event:
and during the weekend check in/out of your writing sessions. Maybe let us know of your milestones achieved or that special snack you're enjoying while writing. Note: there is no ZOOM or collaborative activity for this event.
Owl's Nest Books Online Events
Book launches, readings, and other events listed at:
Alexandra Writers' Centre Society Online Classes & Events
Check out the Centre's event calendar.


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