• January Critique Group

    Lunds & Byerlys Uptown Minneapolis

    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 January 6. 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/

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  • Reverend Matt's Monster Workshop

    Lunds & Byerlys Uptown Minneapolis

    Matt Kessen gives a history of his one-person show, “Reverend Matt’s Monster Science,” and its development from short pieces in small variety shows to full-length productions seen by hundreds of people. Learn how this self-produced, labor-of-love comedy lecture series came to be booked by theaters, museums, libraries, and conventions throughout the Twin Cities; but perhaps more importantly, hear about how a deep passion has become a successful ongoing creative project.

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  • The Not-So-Silent Planet: Hibernation

    Kieran's Irish Pub

    Minneapolis's one and only open mic dedicated to speculative fiction returns Jan 15 with special guests Gabriela Santiago, Khary Jackson, and Kelvin Hatle! The theme for January's show is "hibernation." And the performer who can most seamlessly fit the following line into their piece, as determined by the audience, wins a prize: "There was no way to tell if it was dead." This challenge is optional, as is sticking to the theme, but encouraged. Got something you want to perform or know someone who's a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural horror, or tales of alternate realities? Sign up starts at 7:15 pm in the Poet's Corner of Kieran's Irish Pub. Stories, stand-up comedy routines, poems, and musical pieces are all welcome, just as long as the material is speculative fiction or about speculative fiction. So, as we endure the darkest, coldest stretch of winter, come on by and take 2 to 7 minutes to show us a place from another world! $5-$10 suggested donation. Hosted by Ben San Del NSSP Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/268580833829371/ NSSP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/notsosilentplanet

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  • Speculations Annual Round Robin Readings

    DreamHaven Books

    Wednesday, January 9, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Speculations presents its fifth annual ROUND ROBIN READINGS. Writers are encouraged to bring from one to three pieces, each running five to seven minutes, to read. The readings will conclude at 7:30 or when readers run out of material. After a brief reception ending at 8:00 PM, all attendees are invited to proceed to PARKWAY PIZZA, 4359 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/229979951257867/ The Speculations Reading Series is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF MINNESOTA. http://www.sfminnesota.org/ http://www.dreamhavenbooks.com/

  • First Pages - January 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 works. 1. Monthly Topic: First Pages Miranda Darrow will bring information from The Writer's Guide to Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings That Sell by Paula Munier. Bring some of your favorite, or least favorite, books to read their first pages. 2. How to submit manuscripts: - We accept three manuscripts of up to 10,000 words per meetup. - Submissions open after the previous ESP critique group and close a week before we meet. -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

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  • Not So Silent Planet

    Kieran's Irish Pub

    The only recurring open mic in the nation dedicated to sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural horror returns for the holidays with special guests Joshua English Scrimshaw, Pat Harrigan, and Thadra Sheridan! In light of the intensifying shopping season, the theme for December's show is "unwrapped." Writing to the theme is optional, but encouraged. There will also be an added challenge: the performer who can most seamlessly fit the following line into their piece, as determined by the audience, wins a prize: "Hands trembling, he picked up the package and held it to his ear." Got something you want to perform or know someone who's a writer of speculative fiction? Sign up starts at 7:30 pm in the Poet's Corner of Kieran's Irish Pub. Stories, stand-up comedy routines, poems, and musical pieces are all welcome, just as long as the material is within the speculative fiction genre. So come on by and take 5-7 minutes to show us a place from another world! There is also an ongoing invitation to submit two-sentence speculative fiction stories. Comment on the NSSP's Facebook event or PM the NSSP Facebook page with your story, and it will be read at the next open mic. NSSP Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/199691574301235/ NSSP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/notsosilentplanet Show is all ages, but some material may not be suitable for children (unless their names are Tiernan or Elvira.)

  • December ESP Workshop - Writing Diverse Characters

    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 works. 1. Monthly topic Writing Diverse Characters by Nishi Peters 2. How to submit: - We accept three manuscripts of up to 10,000 words per meetup. - Submissions open after the previous ESP critique group and close a week before we meet. -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

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  • December MSP Critique Group

    Lunds & Byerlys Uptown Minneapolis

    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 November 25. 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/

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  • December MSP Workshop - Write Now!

    Lunds & Byerlys Uptown Minneapolis

    Write Now! Is a creative-writing card game, designed to stimulate imaginative thinking and flex mental muscles. In just thirty minutes writers improvise a story from five cards drawn from the categories of: character, place, event, item, and motivation. URL for anyone wanting to purchase a game: http://members.tcq.net/fausttpf/faustprod/writenow!.html

  • Queen of Swords Book Release Reading with Catherine Lundoff and Michael Merriam

    Wednesday, December 5, 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Speculations Reading Series at DreamHaven Books presents a book release event for SCOURGE OF THE SEAS OF TIME (AND SPACE), a new multigenre anthology of pirate stories, edited by CATHERINE LUNDOFF and published by Queen of Swords Press, featuring special guest and anthology contributor, MICHAEL MERRIAM. Michael and Catherine will be reading from the anthology and there will be refreshments. Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her recent stories have appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated, Curious Fictions, Callisto, Respectable Horror, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales and The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty. Her books include Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and, as editor, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). She is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press (www.queenofswordspress.com Michael Merriam is an author, actor, poet, and playwright. He has published ten books and over 90 pieces of short fiction and poetry. His novel, _Last Car to Annwn Station,_ was named a Top Book by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio, and he has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Tellebration, and StoryFest Minnesota. Michael is a co-founder of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers. Visit his homepage at www.michaelmerriam.com