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Chapter Eight of When Words Collide will be here before you know it. August 10-12, 2018 is only 5 months away!


Pre-Registration Rates go up on April 1st
No fooling. With pre-registration past 70% we expect to be sold out in May this year rather than June. 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.)

Returning Past Guests

Past festival guests Jacqueline Guest, Adrienne Kerr and Robert Runte have confirmed that they will be attending the festival in 2018.

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.

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.

2018 Program

Topic ideas for our 2018 schedule have been pouring in. In April we will be scheduling topics and presenters. If you would like to see a topic addressed, let us know. Topics will be posted online later this month.

Master Classes

Master Class information will be online in the next day or two. Please note that there is a sign-up windows for the speculative fiction manuscript workshop with agent Sam Morgan. Deadline is April 1, 2018 at which point there will be a random draw for the 6 available seats.. Details can be found in the PDF at:

New podcasts added: Social Responsibility and Artists as well as An Hour With C. C. Humphreys. Find these 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:


Game-Changing Books: Ready Player One, March 18

Calgary Public Library (Fish Creek) from 2-3:30 p.m.
Explore virtual reality stations and hear why this book is required reading for Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Facebook employees as well as an upcoming movie by Steven Spielberg. Led by Dr. Evelyn Field and Dr. Tony Chaston, Mount Royal University.
Owl's Nest Books Events

Thu Mar 22 Just Joshin' Live
Sat Mar 24 Raymond Yakeleya
Sat Mar 31 Tim Bouma

Thu Apr 5 Dwayne Clayden (Bowness Seniors Club)
Sat Apr 7 Michael Leask

Mon Apr 9 Steena Holmes
Thu Apr 12 Rebekah Raymond
Sat Apr 13 Julie Hiner
Mon Apr 15 Ron Friedman
Thu Apr 19 Sarah Johnson (cSpace)
Thu Apr 26 Writing in the Works

Sun Apr 29 Janet Wees
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:

In Places Between Short Story Contest
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). The deadline for contest entries is May 5, 2018. For more details, go to 

Writing the Popular Fiction Novel with Kelly Armstrong

Saturday, April 7
Writing commercial—or “ popular”—fiction is not about writing to a market or writing hemmed in by genre rules. It’s about crafting the fantasy/mystery/SF/romance/horror story you want to tell, while understanding the market and reader expectations. This workshop will dispel some of the myths about writing commercial fiction and take a hard look at how to make your story stand out from the crowd. It will also touch on the business of commercial fiction writing.


Arthur Ellis Award Shortlist Announcement, April 18

Owl's Nest Book Store (Calgary) from 7-8:30 p.m.
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.
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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