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When Words Collide 2017: Canada’s best writing conference

Last weekend my wife and daughter and I made our annual pilgrimage to When Words Collide in Calgary, which has become, not only my favorite writing conference, but, I think, the best writing conference in Canada. (Admittedly, I haven’t been to all of them, but I don’t see how any of them can be appreciably better!) There are panels on every aspect of writing, and even though many of them are aimed at writers who are just starting out, there are plenty of others of interest to more experienced writers. This year, I particularly enjoyed Tawny Stokes’s panel on pitching books to TV/movie production companies—something I ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:34, August 20th, 2017 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

CanCon and SaskExpo after-action reports

Just since the beginning of September I've been to two conventions, one in Ottawa and one in Saskatoon, and both very different. The Ottawa convention was CanCon 2016, a.k.a. The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. I was Guest of Honour last year (this year the Guest of Honour was Tanya Huff), and returned this year as a special guest. It was held at the Novotel downtown, and once again proved to be one of the best small conventions around, with great panelists and great panel topics. CanCon has two tracks, a literature track and a science track. Here are the panels I was on, just to give you taste: The First Great Terraforming Project: Alyx Delamonica, in her address at ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:49, September 24th, 2016 under Blog | Comment now »

My editor wins a Hugo! And other stories of what I did on my summer vacation

It's been a while since my last post. Lots to tell you about, but let's start with the most important: my wonderful editor (and publisher), Sheila E. Gilbert of DAW Books, received the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long-Form) at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City--and as you can see, I was there to take a photo. :) Sheila mostly operates out of the limelight: she doesn't have a huge social media presence and she's not all that likely to show up on panels at conventions. But behind the scenes she does amazing work with writers, helping them make their stories the best they can ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:38, September 2nd, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My “When Words Collide” schedule

    I'll be at the fabulous When Words Collide writing/reading conference in Calgary next weekend (May 12-14). They're keeping me busy. If perchance you will also be attending, here's where you can find me. (If you aren't attending, it may be sold out this year, but if you're interested in writing and can make the journey, it's totally worth it.) Friday 3 PM – Fireside  Live Action Slush – Early Bird Edition  Edward Willett (reader), Mark Leslie (Lefebvre), Colleen Anderson, Rhonda Parrish, Tod McCoy  Bring the 1st page of your short fiction manuscript to be anonymously read aloud and receive comments from our editors. Friday 5 PM – Canmore  YA Inspiration  Edward Willett, Nancy M Bell, Joan Donaldson-Yarmey, Sherry ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:03, August 9th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My WorldCon schedule

I'm looking forward to being in Kansas City in a couple of weeks for the World Science Fiction Convention. I've got my complete schedule now: if you're attending, hope to see you there! New Trends in Young Adult Novels Thursday 12:00 - 13:00, 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center) What's new in young adult fiction? It seems like YA changes faster than anything else in the market, but is that really true? What themes are hot today? What topics are now taboo? And what can we look forward to in the near future? Ms Rachel Neumeier, Christine Taylor-Butler (M), Jane Ann McLachlan, Edward Willett, Denise Grover Swank Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction: What's the Difference? Thursday ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:39, August 4th, 2016 under Blog | Comment now »

My schedule for Can-Con 2015

I'm really looking forward to being Author Guest of Honour at Can-Con 2015 in Ottawa Hallowe'en weekend. The draft programming schedule is now online, and here's what I'm going to be doing (in addition to the scheduled events below, I’ll be taking part in Blue Pencil sessions, giving feedback to writers): Friday, 7 p.m. Opening Ceremonies: Edward Willett, Trevor Quachri, Cristina Perissinotto, Derek Künsken (m) Friday, 9 p.m. Bundoran Press/SFCanada Party: Featuring readings, mingling with fans, writers, editors and publishers. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Reading from Falcon’s Egg and Cave Beneath the Sea. Friday, 2 p.m. Derek Newman-Stille of the Aurora-winning Speculating Canada interviews Aurora-winning GOH Edward Willett. Friday, 4 p.m. Authors and Editors in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:12, October 19th, 2015 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My When Words Collide schedule

I’m really looking forward to next weekend’s When Words Collide conference in Calgary—always one of my favorites. They’re keeping me busy with several panels and, of course, the mass autograph session on Saturday night at 8 p.m., which is open to the public. But it’s not just me! Margaret Anne is taking part in a panel on “Living with a Writer” (I’ll be tied up in my own panel at that time and so won’t hear what she has to say...which might be for the best), and Alice is on two panels, one a “Life Action Slush” panel where teen readers will react to the first pages of YA stories ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:14, August 7th, 2015 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Great video about best genre literary conference anywhere: When Words Collide

Here's a great video about the best genre literary convention in North America and probably the world: Calgary's When Words Collide. If you're interested in writing, you owe it to yourself to get to When Words Collide. My name gets mentioned about halfway through this video as an example of the kinds of deals that get made at the convention: it was there last year that Hayden Trenholm of Bundoran Press asked me if I'd write a sequel to Right to Know. That sequel, Falcon's Egg, will be out next year. you

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:25, October 19th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

See you at Word on the Street Saskatoon!

I'm really looking forward to being a featured author at Word on the Street in Saskatoon on September 21. I'll be part of a panel (along with Arthur Slade, Sean Cummings, and Jefferson Smith) called Other Worlds on the Prairies, focusing on writing science fiction and fantasy, which will be (appropriately enough) in the "Brave New World" tent at 2:30. We'll be talking and taking questions for an hour, then we'll be signing books. The image is the poster WOTS is putting up in high schools. Cool, huh? Hope to see you there!

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:42, August 26th, 2014 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

When Words Collide 2013

Just got home yesterday from a weekend at Calgary attending this year's edition of When Words Collide, which describes itself (accurately) as "a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry," and wanted to post about it while it's still fresh, in the hopes that you--yes, you--will attend it next year, if you have an interest in writing. Or, for that matter, reading. This was my second year to attend When Words Collide, which is only in its third year. It took place at the Carriage House Inn, a Calgary hotel which I was pleased to revisit, since it was ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:41, August 14th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 4 Comments »