addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Official FAQ

What is Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers, and what does it do?

This group is about networking and helping writers meet other writers. There's a pretty good summary of what we do and who we are here:


What is Speculative Fiction? Dare I ask?

Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term that includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Magical Realism and Interstitial writing. For more discussion of what the heck Speculative Fiction means, you can check out the spirited discussion our group had over this term in What's in a Name?

Is there a list of published members from this group?

We currently keep a list on the group's About Page. The core membership of this group is actively writing, submitting and publishing.

I'm a writer, and I love SF, but I am not writing SF. Can I join?

Yes, you're perfectly welcome. You may want to look at general interest meetup groups in the area in case one also fits your needs.

I'm not a writer, but I love hearing works in progress and hanging out with writers. May I join?

Yes. We have several members who are writer spouses, first readers, editors, or are just generally supportive of writers. Writers need readers, so come and feel welcome.

So who's in charge of this group, anyway?

Hilary Moon Murphy is the official group dis-organizer, but this group relies heavily on member participation. We have many volunteers who head up different activities. For a great "Who's Who" of volunteers, with links and photos, check out the Leadership FAQ.

Your former name was Twin Cities Speculative Fiction Writers Network. Why did you change it?

It was an appalling mouthful of a name. So after many discussions and blind-folded dart throws, we agreed to change our name to Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers or MinnSpec for short. The most common abbreviation was TCSFWN. Just don't ask us to pronounce it. ("Twiksfawn?" "Tiksfun?")

Is this just another online group?

Um, no. We actually like to meet face-to-face. We even have multiple events a month to allow people the chance to do this. The events include readings, informal gatherings, a critique workshop, lunch chats with well known authors, and movie nights.

You can find out more about them (and RSVP) here:

Confused? Check out our Events FAQ.

You have a lot of events! Do I have to attend all of them? I don't have that much time.No, you can pick and choose. Think about it as a restaurant buffet. If all you want is chocolate pudding, then that's fine. Go to the events that interest you.

If this group is about meeting face-to-face, why are there so many virtual members?

Because we're cool. And because we have a very active message board. Speaking of the message board, you should check it out. Really.


We even have a Map Room there to keep you from getting lost.

    A description of all of our different types of events, with some photos. Everything that you want to know about our events is in our Event FAQ!

    Please check the Files FAQ before uploading a file to this group.

    Our Leadership FAQ tells you all about the many volunteers who organize this group! Includes photos and links to their profiles so that you can contact them.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
MinnSpec Podcast May 6, 2012 6:20 PM Abra
Leadership FAQ August 18, 2006 3:39 PM Hilary Moon M.
Files FAQ April 19, 2007 6:24 PM Hilary Moon M.
Some Other Useful Websites for Local Writers January 26, 2012 9:20 AM Hilary Moon M.
Events FAQ July 3, 2009 10:51 PM Cjad E.
SF Writer Workshop Rules June 5, 2007 8:34 AM Hilary Moon M.
Tips for Constructive Critiques August 19, 2006 8:19 PM Hilary Moon M.
Official FAQ July 3, 2009 10:43 PM Cjad E.
About MinnSpec -- Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers April 11, 2017 11:31 AM Abra

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy