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When Words Collide—Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise

Published August 16, 2012 in Writing - 3 Comments

Last week we traveled up to Calgary, Alberta, where we were guests for the “When Words Collide” writers conference.  Rebecca and I arrived at the beautiful airport, were picked up by Ryah and John (who took care of us for the entire convention). We had a group dinner for convention staff and guests, then a reading and signing that night at the University of Calgary library for a crowd of about fifty people, along with our fellow guests urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, mystery writer Anthony Bidulka, and musician/lyricist Vanessa Cardui.

University of Calgary library

Rebecca reads

Signing: Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Kelley Armstrong

Next day, Friday, we all had a lunchtime reading at the Calgary Public Library as well, then in the evening we opened the When Words Collide conference with a set of keynote speeches.  (You can read my speech in a previous blog, Olympics & Writing.) Saturday, we had  an autographing and panels on science fiction romance, Rebecca had a solo panel, and I gave my “Popcorn Theory” speech. Saturday night, we attended the Aurora Awards banquet, then parties.  Sunday we finished the convention with another signing, our “Things I Wish Some Pro Had Told Me” talk and my “Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity” and a reading of DEATH WARMED OVER, CLOCKWORK ANGELS, and a humorous fantasy short story. Some writer friends gathered for a barbecue at the home of Calgary resident (and Superstars 2009 graduate) Ann Cooney, and then we returned to the hotel for the dead dog party.

Kelley Armstrong reads at the Calgary Public Library

Rebecca at her solo panel

At the Aurora Awards Banquet, the “Canadian” just seemed to shine out of me.

We travel so often that we rarely spend extra time for sightseeing in a city we’re visiting, but after When Words Collide offered to let us stay an extra day so we could see Banff and Lake Louise, we jumped at the chance—that was on our Life List.  I can’t describe how breathtaking the scenery was; even with the gorgeous mountains here in Colorado, these crags were spectacular. They looked like mountains designed as part of an amazing movie set for a James Cameron movie.  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Banff Springs Hotel

Lake Louise

Moraine Lake

Meeting authors Robert J Sawyer and Susan Forest on the road from Moraine Lake

Lower falls in Johnson Canyon (and, yes, the following are all DIFFERENT falls)

Bow Falls in Banff

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Kent Pollard - August 17, 2012

I’m pleased you and Rebecca enjoyed your visit. It was a great pleasure getting to meet, and listen to both of you speak, and I hope we can tempt to back soon. Next times, we need to get you to Takakaw falls.

    Kevin J. Anderson - August 17, 2012

    The list of things to see “next time” is growing longer and longer. Thanks for the warm welcome, and we very much look forward to coming back.

MichelleH - August 22, 2012

It was great having you here! 11 Tips was all very common sense stuff, but it sure helps to every once in a while be reminded of the importance of common sense. 🙂 Hope to see you in Calgary again sometime!

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