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 (4+)

Writing Sprint 1st Monday - Zoom

Online event

Join us for a writing sprint!

First 15 minutes: Introductions
Next hour: Writing
Last 15 minutes: discuss what you worked on, and conversation.

We will use Zoom for audio and video.

The Eye of Argon competitive reading

Online event

The Eye of Argon is one of the funniest fantasy novellas ever written – you'll soon see why.

Jim Theis wrote this barbarian swashbuckler at the age of 16 for a fanzine. Science fiction and fantasy fans realized they'd found treasure: Grignr the barbarian's exploits are so ludicrous they are impossible to read with a straight face. Fans created a game for conventions. If you can read one page of this story out loud, exactly as printed, without laughing, you win.

Do you have nerves of steel? Are you a match for The Eye of Argon? Join us for a competitive reading over Zoom, and prepare to roll around on the floor.

October MSP Critique Group

Online event

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 October 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/

Writing Sprint - 3rd Wednesday Zoom

Online event

Join us for a writing sprint!

First 15 minutes: Introductions
Next hour: Writing
Last 15 minutes: Discuss what you worked on, and conversation.

Come prepared with a project to work on, or start something new! Writing prompts will be offered if you want to start something new, or if you need a new direction to overcome a block in your work in progress.

While writing, we mute our mics. Commenting in the chat is okay.

We will use Zoom for audio and video.

Past events (1,074)

Jason D. Wittman Reading at DreamHaven

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