When Words Collide Chapter Eight. August 10-12, 2018. In 6 days! Long range forecast calls for warm & sunny. It will be an amazing weekend!


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. Festival 2019 registration will be available at the check-in table on Sunday.
If you have purchased a banquet ticker, be sure to check-in prior to 1 PM Saturday. Tickets that are not picked up will be re-sold Saturday from 1 PM - 5:30 PM.
If you are staying at the hotel, be sure to ask for breakfast coupons when you check in. $10 for a hot breakfast buffet!
Public Events

If you cannot find a pass for this year's festival, we do have some events that do not require one.

1. Festival Guest readings. This year's festival guests
- Tasha Alexander, Peter V. Brett, Andrew Grant, Harold Johnson, Erin Lindsey, Arthur Slade, & Sam Morgan - will be reading at the Fish Creek Public Library on Thursday Aug 9th from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 10th  from 1-3 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

2. Autograph Session. Our festival guests joined by 50+ attending authors will be signing books on Saturday Aug 11th from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

3. Saturday Night Rapid Readings by attending authors. Sat August 11th from 7-10 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).

5. Hidden Art Show. Works of art created by attending artists are available for viewing and purchase all weekend during daytime hours in our Hidden Art Show located in the Lake Louise room (Atrium Building, 2nd floor).

Volunteers in Short Supply

When Words Collide is a 100% volunteer-run festival. Our organizers work throughout the year to make the festival possible, but we also need volunteers during the festival to make things run smoothly. This year we have too few volunteers. If you can spare a couple of hours to help out at registration or refill water glasses in programming, please let us know. Did you also know that volunteers who help for 8+ hours receive a free weekend pass? Check out details at:

2018 Program is Ready

Our program is finalized. Check out the online version. No need to print it; you will receive a printed Program Book and Quick Guide when you receive your Festival Pass at our Atrium lobby registration desk.
Note: There is still space in the Saturday evening Rapid Readers for attending authors to read from their published work. If you would like to be scheduled, please contact us :

Master Classes

There is still space in 3 of our 4 Master Classes. Register online. Cash registration is also acceptable at the door.

* What Publishers Want And Authors Need with Sam Hiyate, Agent & President of The Rights Factory -- Thursday 9 AM - 4:30 PM Canmore.

* The Power of Story with Harold Johnson, Winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award -- Friday 9 AM - 12 PM Canmore.

* Ugh, I Hate the Internet with Arthur Slade, Winner of the Canadian Children's Literature Award -- Friday 9 AM - 12 PM Rundle.

* SF & F Manuscript Workshop Sam Morgan, Agent (Foundry Media) -- Thursday 9 AM - 4:30 PM Jasper Boardroom. ** Sold Out

Details can be found in the PDF at:

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 man the table 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.
The Hidden Art Show

We are building a great line-up for WWC's first ever Hidden Art Show! The show is hidden away in the Lake Louise room on the 2nd floor of the Atrium building. Come visit, be inspired, and perhaps find a piece of art begging to go home with you. If you are an artist interested in participating in the future, please contact us to be added to our Art Show contact list.

Journey Through the Ages Banquet

Roman Centurions. Japanese Samurai. British Druids. Our Saturday evening banquet will have a Journey Through the Ages theme. Dress from any period is welcome, but not required. Banquet menu is now posted.
Note: The banquet is sold out. If you have purchased a banquet ticker, be sure to pick it up from the Atrium check-in table prior to 1 PM Saturday. Tickets that are not picked up will be re-sold Saturday from 1 PM - 5:30 PM.

Festival Hospitality

The festival has booked the private room and patio of Boomtown Pub Saturday & Sunday afternoon 12-5 PM. Passholders are welcome to drop in for a light appetizer and coffee or soda. Alcohol and meals may also be ordered from the pub.

Be Prepared

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


Find podcast of previous year WWC festival sessions at:
Podcasts may now also be found at our YouTube Channel. (Link is on our website left-hand banner near the Facebook and Twitter Links.)

News & Notes Archive
This and past newsletters can be found here.
Your Feedback
The postmortem meeting for WWC 2017 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:

What's Happening
Voting for the 2018 Aurora Awards Begins on July 28th
This year’s Aurora Awards ballot has been announced and When Words Collide is up for the Best Fan Organizational award! Thank you to everyone who nominated our festival. To see the full ballot visit:
The voters package containing digital versions of most of this year's finalists is available for download for CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association) members. Voting for the awards opens on July 28th.and closes at 11:59 pm EDT on September 8th, 2018.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony held during the weekend of Oct 5-7 in Richmond BC at VCON

Questions about the awards can be sent to:

Owl's Nest Books Events

Sat Jul 28 Julie Hiner
Thu Aug 2 Chadwick Ginther
Wed Aug 15 Shawn Bird
Sat Aug 18 Roxanne Rudkin & Holly Quan
Sun Aug 26 Jeanette Dover
Thu Sep 13 Jayne Barnard
Sat Sep 15 Raina Schnider & Alex Terakita
Tue Sep 25 Iona Whishaw
Thu Sep 27 Jim Jackson
Sun Sep 30 Leanne Baugh
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:

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