Monday, August 5, 2013

Nina Munteanu at When Words Collide

In a few days I’m heading for Calgary to participate in one of Canada’s premiere writing conferences, the 3rd Annual When Words Collide (WWC-2013): August 9-11, 2013 at the Carriage House Inn (9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB).

Winner of the 2012 Aurora Award and current nominee for the 2013 Aurora, WWC is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, childrens books and poetry. Readers and writers share information, learn, and build a sense of community. The conference features experts representing diverse genres including mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, literary, historical, western, film scripts, and poetry.

The interesting nature of the conference is reflected in its diverse and comprehensive Programming: writing, literature, publishing, art (cover/interior); Kaffe klatches; pitch sessions, autograph sessions, readings, Blue-pencil café; parties, and a merchant’s corner. The festival also includes in-programming workshops (I’m doing two of them) and pre-conference workshops.

Featured guests of honor include: Patricia Briggs, Michael Cassutt, David B. Coe, D.B. Jackson, Barbara Fradkin, Shirlee Smith Matheson, and Jamis Paulson.

I will be sitting on several panels, giving a reading from my latest SF book Inner Diverse (of The Splintered Universe Trilogy), participating in an autograph session, Blue-pencil café and giving two writing workshops:

  • ·      The Hero’s Journey
  • ·      Self-Editing

Nina’s Schedule at WWC-2013:

Friday 6 pm: PANEL—“Listening to Books”
Friday 9 pm: PANEL—“The Issue is the Issue”

Saturday 10 am: PANEL—“The Alien as Metaphor”
Saturday 11 am: PANEL—“Transhumanism”
Saturday 12 pm: PANEL—“Making the Everyday Fantastic”
Saturday 1 pm: READING—Reading from “Inner Diverse”
Saturday 2 pm: PANEL—“What Women Write”
Saturday 7 pm: PANEL—“Editor for Hire”

Sunday 10 am: PANEL—“Pantser, Plotter of Quilter”
Sunday 11 am: WORKSHOP—“The Hero’s Journey”
Sunday 1 pm: WORKSHOP—“Self-Editing”
Sunday 3 pm: BLUE-PENCIL CAFÉ 

I’m looking forward to visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. See you all there!

I will also be joining awesome voice artist Dawn Harvey for readings of Inner Diverse of The Splintered Universe Trilogy on Thursday (August 8) at The SENTRY BOX at 7 pm on and on Friday August 9th at Chapters (Chinook Centre) at noon.

See you all there!

Nina Munteanu is an ecologist and internationally published author of novels, short stories and essays. She coaches writers and teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. For more about Nina’s coaching & workshops visit Visit for more about her writing.


Darlene said...

Wish I could be there. Have agreat time. I have heard it is a wonderful event.

Nina Munteanu said...

Thanks, Darlene! I certainly intend to... :)

Best Wishes,

Nina Munteanu said...

p.s. this writers festival is possibly the best writer's event I have attended. More in a later post...

If you are a serious writer wishing to hone your craft, find a great writing community and share experiences, this is a very cool place to do it. Mark your calendar for WWC 2014 next August.