This is a pilot launch for the 2019’s edition of When Words Collide, August 9 to 11, 2019 Delta Calgary South, Calgary, Alberta. Please check back for your updated schedule around July 15, 2019
The panel will discuss writing about other genders, races, classes, cultures with honesty and sensitivity. How can a writer be inclusive without appropriating or creating token characters? Panelists: Brandy Ackerley, Diane Terrana, Erin Weir, Jay Martin
Location, location, location! applies not only to real estate. Your setting impacts tone, plot, character. It can include both time and space. Learn how and why our panelists chose their setting, from prosaic to exotic, city to wilderness, modern to historical time period. Jonas Saul, Jayne Bernard, Jim Jackson, Axel Howerton, Robert Bose (M)
Does the crime have to be murder to make a good mystery? What other crimes can fuel a great story? Panelists Axel Howerton, P.J. Vernon, Alice Bienia, M.H. Callway discuss what types of crimes engage a reader for an entire novel; whether the crime has to be violent; and consider whether there are crimes that…
An open discussion on realistic themes in young adult fiction. What's out there, who's reading it, and how is it being received? Panelists Diane Terrana, Jenna Greene, Rhonda Parrish, Steve Swanson discuss trigger warnings, ratings, context and language. (Yes. This does come with a language warning.)
Showing what a character feels can be a big stumbling block for writers. Join a discussion on what works and what doesn't, and how we can move past generic description to create authentic, personal moments that will draw readers in. Panelists: Angela Ackerman, Jonas Saul, Merilynn Ruth Liddell, Susan Calder.