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:


When From all of us to all of you
Wishing you the best Season's Greetings!


When Words Collide 2021 In-Person or Online?
At this time we are planning an in-person festival for August 2021. Should health concerns prevent us, we will move the entire festival (except the banquet and autograph session) online. Either way, we are also planning to hold an online festival warm-up on Saturday Aug 7, 2021 where we will have some special online presentations and social events.

If you would like to help make this event amazing by joining our organizing committee, we would love to hear from you:

Got Your Festival Pass?
Most people who registered for 2020 opted to forward their passes to 2021, which means we are already 81% sold out. If you are unsure if you are already registered, there are 4 ways to find out:

If you wish to register, online registration and the downloadable mail-in form are at:
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.
2021 Festival Guests!
Check out our fantastic lineup of 10th Anniversary festival guests:
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.

Book Your Hotel Room
The Delta Calgary South Hotel is now able to accept online room bookings. Hint: Book early; the past 5 years the hotel has sold out well in advance of the booking deadline.

Be kind. The Delta Calgary South has been a wonderful venue for the past several years. If you have enjoyed your stay there, we encourage you to post a review on Trip Advisor. Reviews really do make a difference.
Festival Banquet
Come celebrate all things Canadian: books, sports, magazines, history and Canadian characters. 

Note: The banquet is currently sold out. E-mail us to add your name to the waiting list.

2021 Program
The festival program is currently being created. If you are attending next summer and would like to participate in the program, 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 prior to and following the festival. Details available January 2021.
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. Sign-up will begin sometime this coming spring.

Hidden Art Show 2021
The Hidden Art Show is back for a third year in the Lake Louise Room on the 2nd floor of the Atrium building. If you are an attending artist at the festival. find out how to apply to show your work here:

Festival Hospitality
Festival passholders are welcome to drop by the Atrium Cafe for a snack and coffee or soda any time between 12 and 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday as well as Sunday evening 7-11 pm for the Dead Dog Social.
Note: Hospitality is not a place for meals. Meals and alcohol may be purchased withing the venue at the Merchants Corner snack bar, Sage & Co, or Southland Yard.

Public Events
If you don't plan on attending the festival, but are still in Calgary or have friends who might be interested, we do offer several free events that are open to the public.

1. Festival Guest Readings. This year's festival guests - Cathy Ace, Vicki Delaney, Steena Holmes, Fonda Lee, Morgan Rhodes AKA Michelle Rowen, and Dave Reynolds - will be reading at the Fish Creek Public Library on Thursday Aug 12th from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 13th  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 14th from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

3. Saturday Night Rapid Readings by attending authors. Sat August 14th 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).

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)
Podcasts & Webcasts

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

Podcast channel:

YouTube channel:

Recent additions include Q&A with Detective Sweet (2020 webinar) and An Hour with James Alan Gardner (2019 podcast).

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:

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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