What we're about

If you're exploring the worlds beyond mainstream literature, MinnSpec welcomes you.

We are Minnesota Writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism, Horror -- all things speculative.

Come to network, hear readings from works in progress, swap story critiques, and talk shop. Our members range from those just starting out to established authors with multiple book contracts.

Want to know more? Check our Facebook group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MinnSpec/)

Check out our official site: http://minnspec.org

Upcoming events (5+)

Subverted Fairy Project at DreamHaven Books and Comics

DreamHaven Books & Comics

Come down to DreamHaven Books to see the Subverted Fairy team working on new fairies for our next book! This is a great opportunity to preview what we're doing next, ask questions about publishing a text/art book, and get to know us better. We'll be drawing, painting, and socializing all afternoon. We'd love to see you at Dream Haven, which is a huge wonderland of books, comics, and vintage collectibles. It's a magical environment for making fairies and a Twin Cities institution. We'd love to see you there! :)

Dave Walbridge on How to Write Badly

Lunds & Byerlys Uptown Minneapolis

You probably spent the majority of your career working to improve your writing. You're concerned about things like sale-ability, appropriateness and word count. You're working too hard. Most popular writing is really awful. For reference see Fifty Shades of Grey. In this workshop you will discover how freeing it is to write badly, use cliches, and leave dozens of unresolved plot points unattended. Dave Walbridge is a comedian, freelance writer, and creator of the Big Fun Show. Come watch him encourage us to write more quickly, do fewer edits, and worry a lot less about being highbrow. What if the key to good writing is bad writing? See more of Walbridge's work at www.bigfunshow.com/

March MSP Critique Group

Needs a location

How to submit: A. Leave a comment on this page. B. Send your manuscript to: [masked]. Max 5 manuscripts Max length 10,000 words Manuscript submissions are open until February 24. We will determine priority, which goes to those who have not submitted last month. Once slots have filled or we hit the deadline, we will post the submissions for critique, whichever is earlier. 2. How to download submissions: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51072805/

Ideas! March ESP Workshop

Davanni's Pizza and Hoagies(Sunray

The first hour of the meetup consists of a round table discussion or workshop. The second hour participates critique submitted manuscripts. 1. Monthly Topic: Free association group prompt by Sloane How to generate ideas led by Steve Vetter Steve recommends bringing a laptop or tablet for his portion of the workshop. 2. How to submit manuscripts: - We accept three manuscripts of up to 10,000 words per meetup. - Submissions open the evening of February 12th and close March 5th. -Priority goes to those who did not submit the previous month Full submission instructions: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51627659 3. How to download submissions: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51627659

Past events (912)

The Not-So-Silent Planet: Love & Lust

Kieran's Irish Pub

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