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My Calgary schedule starting today—Three events open to the public

I’m in Calgary, Alberta, Canada today through Sunday. The When Words Collide convention is sold out, but there are three events that are free and open to the public. See full details below.

Thursday, August 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Fish Creek Library Signing (open to the public)
Address: 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
Calgary, AB, Canada T2J 6S1
Phone: (403) 260-2600
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Join us for readings by international bestselling authors, followed by a Q & A and book signing.
Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, D.J. MacIntosh, Jack Whyte

Friday, August 8, 1:00–3:00 p.m., Clarence-Phaeton room
Festival Guest Readings (open to the public)
Address: The Carriage House Inn
9030 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB, Canada T2H 0M4
Phone: (800) 661-9566
For those who missed the Thursday evening readings at the Fish Creek Public Library.
Brandon Sanderson, D. J. McIntosh, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, Jack Whyte

Saturday, August 9, 8:00–9:00 p.m., Clarence-Phaeton room
Autograph Session (open to the public)
Address: Same as above
Drop by between 8 PM – 9 PM to meet the authors and get your books signed. This session is
open to the public, so tell your friends.
Our Festival Guests are joined by 50+ authors.

When Words Collide, Calgary

Address: The Carriage House Inn
9030 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB, Canada T2H 0M4
Phone: (800) 661-9566

This convention is SOLD OUT. Three events are open to the public. See above.

Brandon’s schedule:


7:00 p.m., Fish Creek Library signing. Open to the public. See above.

FRIDAY August 8

1:00–3:00 p.m., Festival Guest Readings. Open to the public. See above.

4:00–5:00 p.m., Surrey
Live Action Slush – Fantasy Edition
Bring the first page of your manuscript to be anonymously read aloud and receive comments from the editors.
Tony King (reader), Brandon Sanderson, Mark Leslie, Robert Runté, Susan MacGregor, Randy McCharles (M)

7:00–9:00 p.m., Clarence-Phaeton
Guest of Honour Keynotes
Following a brief welcome by the festival chairman, each of this year’s festival guests will speak on a topic of their choice.
Brandon Sanderson, D. J. McIntosh, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, Jack Whyte, Randy McCharles (M)


Saturday 1:00–2:00 p.m., Surrey
RPG Storytelling
RPGs or Role-Playing Games make up a huge chunk of the gaming industry. Part of what makes them so popular is the rich storytelling that players experience as they solve problems and learn secrets through the game. Our panel of RPG storytellers and players discuss what draws them to the gaming life.
Brandon Sanderson, Chadwick Ginther, Ron Bender, Dave Gross

3:00–4:00 p.m., Clarence
An Hour With Brandon Sanderson
Join festival guest Brandon Sanderson for a Q&A discussion of his bestselling fantasy novels, including his work on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time.

5:30–6:30 p.m., Surrey
Festival Banquet
Pre-purchased banquet tickets are required for this culinary delight.

8:00–9:00 p.m. Autograph Session. Open to the public. See above.

SUNDAY August 10

1:00–3:00 p.m., Surrey
Brandon Sanderson on the Writing Process
Brandon will give a creative writing classroom-style lecture on a writing craft topic.

4:00–5:00 p.m., Surrey
How to Build a Consistent and Original Magic System
What are the important elements to a convincing magic system for your fictional world? How can magic help or hinder the development of your story?
Brandon Sanderson, S. G. Wong, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Edward Willett, Nola Sarina

8:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m., Yorkshire 2
Magic the Gathering with Brandon Sanderson: Conspiracy
Calling Brandon Sanderson fans: Brandon is an avid gamer and has agreed to participate in a Magic the Gathering Limited Draft Tournament on the Sunday evening of the festival. This tournament is limited to 16 people and will start at 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening and likely run past midnight.
Cost to enter is $10. Cards will be supplied as well as prizes for participants. Registered festival members who would like to ‘play with Brandon’ can email us at [email protected] to get on the tournament list. Once the tournament is full, we’ll keep a waiting list in case someone doesn’t show up. For people who may be new to Magic or a bit rusty, we will be reviewing the cards and rules from 7:00–8:00 p.m.

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