August 14-16, 2020 is 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. In celebration, we have also lowered the price of passes by $5.

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



Registration Rates Go Up January 1st!
We have already filled 40% of our 2020 registration cap. If you plan on attending When Words Collide next August, take advantage of our early-bird rates before they expire at the end of the year. Online registration and the downloadable mail-in form are at:

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.)

2020 Festival Guests!
Check out this year's fabulous 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 is 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.

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
The banquet is 2/3 sold out. If you plan to attend, please purchase your ticket sooner rather than later. Once it is sold out, we will maintain a waiting list for cancellations. Tickets can be purchased when buying your pass, or on their own using the same form:

2020 Aurora Awards
When Words Collide is please to host the 2020 Aurora Awards.The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday evening in the Bonavista Ballroom between the festival banquet and the autograph session {~6:30 pm - 7 pm). There will also be a pin ceremony for new nominees on Friday evening.
2020 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 2020 will be offered prior to and following the festival. Details TBA.
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 at:

Hidden Art Show 2020
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 here:

Festival Hospitality
Festival passholders are welcome to drop by the Atrium Cafe for a light appetizer 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 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 13th from 7-9 pm. They will also be reading at the Delta Calgary South Hotel on Friday Aug 14th  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 15th from 8-10 pm in the Bonavista Ballroom (Tower Building).

3. Saturday Night Rapid Readings by attending authors. Sat August 15th 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)

2020 Live Action Slush -- Early Bird Edition as well as the Festival Guest Keynotes have joined our selection of past festival sessions at:

Your Feedback

The postmortem meeting for WWC 2019 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
2020 Aurora Awards Eligibility 
The 2020 Aurora Awards Eligibility Lists will be open from January 5th to the end of February. If you have or are aware of a work you would like to see on the nomination lists in March, be sure to visit the CSFFA web site. CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) is open to all Canadians and is a nationally-registered non-profit society.

When Words Collide is honoured to be the host for this year’s Aurora Awards.    

A Taste of Local Authors, Dec 12

Owl's Nest Book Store (Calgary) from 7-9 p.m.
Check out 9 new releases from 9 local authors. Genres from Mainstream to Science Fiction to Fantasy to Romance to Paranormal Romance. The authors will be on hand to give short readings from their work, answer questions, and sign books. Live music by Alisa and Griffin. Please come out and join us for an evening of words and music.

Writers in the House, Jan 3 - 5
Feed your New Year's resolution with a free writers retreat. Join Calgary area writers for 3 days of writing at the Delta Calgary South Fireside Room. Drop by any time between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for social writing.
Owl's Nest Books Events
Sun Jan 12 - Leanne Baugh
Thu Jan 16 - Janet Gurtler
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:

Alexandra Writers' Centre Society
For courses on writing and related events in Calgary, check out the Centre's event calendar.

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