Narrativity 2023: Story Magic
How can squiggles on a page, pixels on a screen, or vibrations in the air bring whole new worlds into being? How can one person’s imaginings give us new friends, evoke old emotions, show us fundamental truths about the real world or help us escape from it? Join us June 22-25, 2023, as we explore that magical process whereby a Story in one person’s head becomes a multitude of Stories in the hearts and minds of many.
- Thursday, June 22, we’ll be reprising our highly-successful Writing Workshop. Read all about it here!
- Call it a mixer, a social hour, or a soiree — it was a big hit last year, so we’re doing it again! Thursday evening will be an opportunity for all convention members to meet, greet, and get to know one another before the convention kicks into full gear. Dust off your finery and come in formal wear, period dress, costume, or whatever qualifies as cool and special to you (including your favorite T-shirt, if that’s how you roll). There will be snacks and beverages available in the consuite, and a cash bar for those desiring adult libations. Come and be social with your fellow nifty Narrativitists!
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 23-25, will be our regular slate of fascinating and fun panels, in which we’ll take Story apart and put it back together again in ways that make your brain go “Oooh!”
We will once again be at the lovely Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441.
Membership: Registration is coming soon!
Please note that proof of vaccination against Covid-19, ***including booster shot***, and a negative Covid test within 24 hours of arrival will be REQUIRED for admittance to Narrativity 2023. Read the full Covid policy here. Also, please note that correctly-worn masks will be required in all indoor function space.
Our con suite will offer snacks, drinks, light sandwich fixings, and the like. For more substantial sustenance, the Crowne Plaza has several dining options, and there is a wide variety of restaurants within a ten-mile radius.
Got some extra time before or after the convention? Minneapolis has many nifty things to do.
Questions? If they aren’t answered on this website, please feel free to Contact us!
What is Narrativity?
In simplest terms, Narrativity is a gathering of writers, readers, and other interested parties who want to get together and talk about storytelling, and how to do it better. With a single track of programming, ideas can carry through from one panel to the next and the conversation continues all weekend. And Narrativity is a participatory event; the audience is as much a part of the conversation as the panelists!
At Narrativity, our primary focus is on fantasy fiction, but we love a good story regardless of genre or format. We want to talk with smart people about how to write good things well. We want to explore all aspects of storytelling, from concepts to word choices, from what to put in to what to leave out — and what effects each of those decisions can have on the completed work. We want to discover new ways of talking about that complicated, half-seen process that occurs when somebody says “Wouldn’t it be cool if….” We want to share ideas with people who do things differently, who have different perspectives and come from different starting places, because we firmly believe that a free and friendly exchange of ideas makes all of us richer.
And while Narrativity could be called a “writing convention”, it isn’t just for writers! Readers are an important part of the discussion; after all, it doesn’t matter how good the writing is if nobody’s reading it. A story exists in a strange blended universe built from the reader’s imagination as well as the writer’s, and we want input from all sides of the process. When we talk about how we write, we’re also talking about how we read, and how a story goes from a vague tickle inside one person’s brain to a plethora of fully-fledged universes (all different, all fascinating) inside many brains.
We love spirited discussions, and digging deep into challenging subjects, and bad jokes, and good friends (including the ones we haven’t met yet). If that sounds like your idea of a great way to spend a weekend, then you want to be at Narrativity!
Want a virtual taste of what the con is like? Try our Free Samples!