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

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Two page workshop in Loring Park

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Have you ever wished you could watch someone experience your writing for the first time? The 2-Page workshop is back. Please read the full description as we now have a waitlist.

The 2-page workshop as created by Sherwood Smith (sherwoodsmith.net) allows writers to watch others' reactions in real time as the first 2 pages of their story is read aloud. We will briefly discuss each story before moving on to the next.

Please note that this is not an in-depth critique. If you are looking for detailed feedback your best bet is to submit to the critique group. Once all the stories have been read the authors can choose to identify themselves.

To participate you need to:

1. RSVP here.
2. Comment on this announcement that you’d like to bring pages. The first 12 people to comment will be given a spot. If you don’t get one of the 12 spots and want to participate leave a comment to be added to the waitlist.
3 On the day of the workshop bring the first 2 pages of a piece. It can be a short story or novel, complete or in progress. It should be numbered on the top of each page, in 12-point font and double-spaced. Can be paper-clipped, stapled or double sided. Please leave off any identifying info.

Waitlisted attendees and anyone not wishing to have pages read are welcome to attend the meeting and give feedback.

This is an in-person event! We will meet at Loring Park by the front steps of the Loring Community Arts Center. It's by the pond. We've included a picture of the building in the event photo.

Masks are encouraged. Because this is a public park with passersby, your 2 pages should be Safe For Work.

Bus lines 25, 4, and 6 run by the park, and parking is available at[masked]st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 and 1604 Laurel Ave W, Minneapolis, MN[masked]

July MSP Critique Group

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Remote streaming will be available with Zoom. (Please RSVP to see the link.)


How to submit:

A. Leave a comment on this page what you are submitting.
B. Send your manuscript to: [masked].
C. RSVP to this event. (No RSVP, no critique.)

Max 4 manuscripts
Max length 10,000 words

Manuscript submissions are open until July 3rd.

Priority is determined based on:

  1. Whether or not you RSVP
  2. When you left a comment. (This is for visibility to others.)
  3. When we received your manuscript.
  4. Whether or not you were critiqued in the previous month.


How to download submissions:

Request to join our Google Group by sending an email to:
Address: [masked]
Subject: Join Request
Body: Your name as it appears on meetup.

Tips on how to give an effective critique: http://critters.org/c/whathow.ht

More info: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51072805/

It's a Queen of Swords Press Party!

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Join us at DreamHaven Books for a belated 5th birthday party featuring Jennie Goloboy, Michael Merriam and Catherine Lundoff! We're re-releasing Michael's terrific f/f urban fantasy set in Minneapolis, LAST CAR TO ANNWN STATION on July so this will be a combined release/birthday party! Jennie will be reading from OBVIOUSLY, ALIENS and Catherine will read from her werewolf novels. We hope to do snacks but we'll see how things look around then.

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