- A chance to share writing goals, and keep each other on task;
- A place for general networking and chat about writing SF;
- Small celebrations to honor publishing milestones;
- Short group readings where members can share stuff that they are working on;
- Three Separate Writers Workshops for more in depth critiquing;
- Chats with well-known local authors like Lyda Morehouse, Patricia C. Wrede and Pamela Dean at monthly Kaffee Klatches where we invite in a guest speaker for coffee and a meal;
- The Speculations reading series at Dreamhaven Books (mostly local SF authors...)
- "Dinner and a Movie" events where we watch great films in the genre and make fun of the dialogue afterwards;
- Group programming and parties at local SF conventions;
- The opportunity to submit to member-only Anthologies like Northern Lights;
- Market news, kibbitzing, and fun.
You can get an idea of what our meetings are like by listening to podcasts of a couple of them here: http://www.meetup.com...
or watching streaming video here: https://www.youtube.c...
If you have further questions, ask me
. I'll be happy to answer them.
We look forward to seeing you at a future event!Hilary Moon Murphy
Official Group Dis-Organizer
Here is a list of some of the published members of MinnSpec!
Note: Contact me if you are a member of this group and want a listing added or changed. People are always breaking in with first sales, so if I missed one, please let me know!
- Joel Arnold
A prolific short story writer from Savage with over three dozen short story sales.
- Kelly Barnhill
Minneapolis author of poetry, short stories, children's books, non-fiction and literary fiction. Here is her bibliography.
- Roy C. Booth
Bemidji author, poet, game designer, journalist, essayist, and scriptwriter (radio, stage, and screen). He has over 40 plays published!
- Eve Cain
Minneapolis Erotica and Speculative Fiction author.
- Holly Day
Minneapolis author of lots of SF stories and a bunch of non-fiction books.
- Maggie Della Rocca
Minneapolis contest winner and short story author.
- Karen Engelsen
Minneapolis non-fiction author and book doctor.
- Terry Faust
Minneapolis based photographer, screenwriter and author of the very funny novel, Z is for Xenophobe.
- Andre Guirard
Plymouth science fiction and fantasy author of short stories, radio plays and one science-fictional puppet show.
- Eric Heideman
Award-winning Minneapolis Science Fiction writer and editor of TOTU.
- Chris Knox
Minneapolis speculative fiction writer with stories in two upcoming anthologies.
- Jaye Lawrence
This St Paul science fiction writer has sold stories to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine and Great River Review.
- Michael Merriam
Hopkins SF&F writer who has sold a novel and novella to Carina Press and several short stories to various magazines. His bibliography is here.
- Hilary Moon Murphy
Minneapolis fantasy author of several short stories and a couple pieces of non-fiction. Currently working on a novel.
- Barbara Patten
MISFITS contest winner.
- Norman Riger
Minneapolis poem lizard and author of much flash fiction.
- Lee Rupprecht
Author of novel P.A.C.E. Force.
- Dan Reid Shamin
Minneapolis Science Fiction writer, comic book artist and Fringe Festival playwright.
- Brett Slocum
Minneapolis gaming, erotica and speculative fiction writer. Here's his bibliography.
- Karen Swanberg
Minneapolis speculative fiction Writer who has sold stories to "Flashshot" and "Abyss & Apex."
- Adam Stemple
Professional musician, poker player and novelist from Minneapolis. You can find out more about him on his website.
- Douglas Van Dyke, Jr.
Oak Park Heights writer of swords & sorcery fantasies for adults and mature teens. His work is currently
set in the magical world of Dhea Loral.
- Jason D. Wittman
Professional game designer, and author of lots of published short stories, and the only person I know who fits entire short stories on his business cards.
- Conrad Zero
Published Dark Fiction Author from Minneapolis.
Still want to know more about our members? Check out our member bloglist
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