It’s time! The Ninth Edition of WHEN WORDS COLLIDE hits YYC this weekend!


The Official Version, from the WWC Website: When Words Collide is an annual non-profit festival modelled after the volunteer conventions popular in the Science Fiction and Fantasy communities. Nobody is paid for attending (though guests of honour have their expenses covered) and even the organizers buy passes to attend.

The festival is designed to bring readers and writers together in a celebration of the written word. Up to 10 tracks of programming, beginning at 1 PM on Friday and running through 5 PM Sunday, offer informational, educational, and social activities covering a wide spectrum of literature including Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Historical, Literary, Script-writing, Poetry, Comics, and Non-fiction. Roughly 800 readers, writers, editors, publishers, agents, and artists attend with over a hundred presenters in our program.

For my version, read:


  • Kat Flannery
  • James Alan Gardner
  • Lisa Mangum
  • Jonas Saul
  • Leanne Shirtliffe


Friday, August 9, Saturday, August 10, Sunday, August 11

Delta South
135 Southland Dr SE, Calgary

Very walkable from Southland LRT Station
+ lots of buses swing by, including 10 and 39

BAD NEWS: It’s sold out.

GOOD NEWS: Merchants’ Corner, where I’ll be spending a lot of my time, is FREE and open to the public without a festival pass, as are the guest of honour readings TONIGHT:

More info:


I’m not presenting or moderating any panels at WWC this year, because, Radical Prioritization, and, not setting yourself up for failure. But I am on site all weekend in The Merchants’ Corner, primarily around the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association and Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America tables, both of which will be selling some of ma’ books. I’ll have the last of the YYC Queer Writers’ A QUEER SUMMER NIGHT IN COWNTOWN anthology there (at the ARWA table), so come and get your copy!

I’ll also have a few ARCs from my new Dirty Writing Secrets series and some news to share about that, so come find me and chat me up.

Advice for newcomers: Introduce yourself to people. Say hi. For those of you who are going to WWC to fangirl and fanboy, do it–don’t be shy. We all love it. It makes up for all the agent/publisher rejection and tough love. For those of you who are going to WWC to network… try this: You’re not there to find people who will help you sell your books. You’re there to connect with people whom you can help. It’s a liberating mindfuck of a paradigm shift.





About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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