North  Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop


Join us!

The North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop (NTSFW) meets every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Hurst Barnes & Noble Bookstore across from NE Mall.

We are a free and open to the adult public writing workshop focusing on writing speculative fiction for today's market.

Contact us:

Or apply at our Yahoogroup:
WHAT: NTSFW monthly meeting

WHEN: every 2nd Saturday at 6pm

WHERE: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
at the Shops at North East Mall

861 NE Mall Blvd
Hurst, TX 76053


Who We Are

The North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop ( focuses on writing speculative fiction for publication. We are a free, open to the public, writer’s workshop that meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Hurst Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 6pm. Our members are both beginners and published.

Requirements for membership:

  • Write speculative fiction
  • Write to be published in today’s market
  • Attend & participate at (most) monthly meetings
  • Be willing to be critiqued and learn
  • Be respectful


None, though we do accept contributions for various projects.


In 2003, the founders of NTSFW-Pat, Shawn, & Rick (also members of the DFW Writers Workshop) realized the need for a speculative fiction-specific workshop where the authors understood the spec fic genre’s tropes. We began meeting in members’ homes until Barnes & Noble graciously offered their space for our monthly meetings. After the workshop, we usually end up at BJ’s across the parking lot.

Our group is usually located on the far right as you enter, behind the coffeeshop in the back right corner. (but not always).

We upload our submissions for critique to a private Yahoogroup and we do critiques both electronically and live at the meeting.

We ask potential members to visit once before asking to join the group. If you like us and want to join, email Alley at alleypat //at// and let her know you attended and want to join the yahoogroup. Put NTSFW in the subject please.

Hope to see you soon!

Twitter:  @NTSFW
From Planet Texas with Love and Aliens
Published! Our very own short story anthology.

Speculative fiction is a thing unto itself, full of wonder and wisdom, creativity and imagination. Here is the first anthology of the North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop. In these pages, you'll find a mix of fantasy, science fiction, and horror with stories like growing up in the space age, a housewife who hunts the homeless for dinner, the magic of mirrors and shades, an intergalactic triathlon, a magic shad, and much more, all from our workshop members.
See our post for all the different purchasing options or get yours on today! Available as ebook and paperback.

Cover by /Emerson Pym.