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Chapter Eight of When Words Collide will be here before you know it. August 10-12, 2018 is only 4 months away!


Pre-Registration Hits 80%
We expect to be sold out in a few short weeks. If you plan to attend When Words Collide in August, don't wait too long to register. Online and mail-in registration forms 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.)

Once pre-registration is closed, we will be maintaining a waiting list to take advantage of cancellations.

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta Calgary South is now able to accept online room bookings. Hint: Book early; the past 3 years the hotel has sold out well in advance of the booking deadline.

2018 Program

The schedule is currently in development. The 1st draft will be posted online near the end of April.

Master Classes

2017 Master Classes presented by our festival guests are filling up. Details can be found in the PDF at:

Please note that the speculative fiction manuscript workshop with agent Sam Morgan is sold out. Only those whose seats have been confirmed, but who have not yet paid, should pay for that workshop.

In Places Between Short Story Contest

Contest Deadline May 5th!
The Alberta Romance Writers' Association, the Alexandra Writers' Center Society, Coffin Hop Press, Calgary Crime Writers, and the Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association, the five sponsors of In Places Between: The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, are currently accepting submissions for the 2018 contest. Short stories under 4000 words in any genre may be submitted by authors attending When Words Collide: A Festival for Readers and Writers. No entry fee, but entrants must be members of the festival. Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as for 7 Honorable Mentions. All ten winning stories will be published in In Places Between, to be launched at the festival August 10-12, 2018. The 2018 celebrity judges will be Shirlee Smith Matheson (past WWC Guest of Honor), Margaret Curelas (Publisher of Tyche Books), Jeff Campbell (anthology editor with Edge Press) and Gerald Brandt (International bestselling Daw author). For more details, go to

Merchants Corner

A table has opened up in our Merchants Corner. If your business or collective would like to book the table, let us know.

The Hidden Art Show

We're tucked in a corner and a bit off the beaten path, but we hope you'll come visit The Hidden Art Show in the Lake Louise room on the 2nd floor of the Atrium building. Come see cover art, 3-D work in different mediums, and much more, plus meet with artists. This inaugural year, artists have been invited to display. Beginning next year we will have a juried application process. Stay tuned for more!

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 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.


New podcasts added: It's All about World Building. Find this and all WWC festival podcasts at:
New! Podcasts may now also be found at our YouTube Channel. (Link is on our left-hand banner near the Facebook and Twitter Links.)

News & Notes Archive
This and past newsletters can be found at::
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
Aurora Awards Eligibility List Now Open
The Aurora awards eligibility lists are now open for Science Fiction and Fantasy works and activities done in 2017 by Canadians. We are asking CSFFA members to help us update the eleven award eligibility lists.
Questions about the awards can be sent to:

Owl's Nest Books Events

Thu Apr 12 Rebekah Raymond
Sat Apr 13 Julie Hiner
Mon Apr 15 Ron Friedman
Thu Apr 19 Sarah Johnson (cSpace)
Mon Apr 23 Women Who Influence
Thu Apr 26 Writing in the Works

Sun Apr 29 Janet Wees
Mon May 15 Terry Ann Carter
Thu May 17 Erin Thorp
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:
Arthur Ellis Award Shortlist Announcement, April 18

Owl's Nest Book Store (Calgary) from 7-9 pm
Join us for the announcement of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award finalists, for excellence in Canadian crime writing. Hosted by David Poulsen, Prairies director for the Crime Writers of Canada. With special guest author William Deverell!.
Writers in the House, April 28 & 29
Join Calgary area writers for a weekend of writing at the Delta Calgary South Fireside Room. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sat and Sun for social writing.

CaRWA Spring Workshop, May 5

Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America is hosting a Workshop with NYT bestselling and well-established author Kristan Higgins Books, author of women's fiction and romance. Details at:

A Taste of Local Authors, May 10

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. Please come out and join us for an evening of words and music.
Creative Ink Festival, May 18 - 20

Check out WWC's sister festival in Burnaby, B.C.

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