What is Narrativity?

Yes, we’re still hoping to be able to go ahead with Narrativity 2020! If you already know what Narrativity is and want to cut to 2020’s details, scroll down or click here!

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.

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 writing, 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!

Narrativity 2020: They’ll Never See It Coming

Join us September 5-7, 2020 (that’s Saturday through Monday of Labor Day weekend) as we peer into the depths of storytelling and look to the skies for inspiration.

We will once again be at the lovely Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441.

Membership: Sign up before the end of June and pay just $40. After that, it’s $55 from July 1 through August 20; $75 from August 21 and at the door. Memberships are limited, so don’t delay; sign up today!

COVID-19 Note: The current situation makes planning for the future extremely challenging, but we’re still hoping to be able to go ahead in September. If we do have to cancel, all 2020 memberships will automatically be converted to 2021 memberships.

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!