Regulus Press invites you to participate in our upcoming Literary Taxidermy Writing Workshops. During each small and intimate workshop, two editors from the annual competition—including Mark Malamud, the creator of Literary Taxidermy—will take you step by step through the process of literary taxidermy. Each workshop will provide personalized feedback in a supportive and encouraging environment. Whether you are an experienced writer or just starting out, these workshops are for you!
We are currently offering two different workshop experiences. Both are via Zoom and are open to international participants. Choose the one that best fits your interests and needs.
The Art of Literary Taxidermy
This is a single-session 90-minute workshop via Zoom. Workshop size will be limited to 10 participants.
During this single-session workshop, you will be introduced to the art of literary taxidermy and the steps necessary to create new stories and poems from old texts. You will practice different ways of using pre-existing openings and closings as a frame for your own writing, while still giving you the freedom to create something that is uniquely your own. Throughout the workshop, we will provide you with feedback and guidance, and encourage you to share your work. By the end, you will have a new way to think about form and structure, as well as an appreciation of the process of literary taxidermy that will help you create your own future literary taxidermy masterpieces. Click one of the PayPal buttons below to register. Note: You don't need to have a PayPal account to complete the transaction.
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Cost: US $40
Date: Saturday 3 June 2023, 1:00 PM PDT
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Stuffed with Words: Crafting A Complete Literary Taxidermy
This is a two-session workshop via Zoom. The first session is 60 minutes. The second session is 90 minutes. Workshop size will be limited to 6 participants.
During this two-session workshop, you will be introduced to the art of literary taxidermy and the steps necessary to create new stories and poems from old texts, and then apply those steps to craft your own complete story or poem. During the first session, you will practice different ways of using pre-existing openings and closings as a frame for your own writing. Then you will be given a prompt—the first and last lines from a classic work of fiction—which you will use over the next week to write your own literary taxidermy work. When we reconvene for the workshop's second session, you will share your work and participate in a round-table discussion exploring what everyone has done. By the end of the workshop you will have a new way to think about form and structure, and a workshopped story or poem you may share with others. In addition, work produced during this workshop may be considered for publication in a future Literary Taxidermy workshop anthology published by Regulus Press. Click one of the PayPal buttons below to register. Note: You don't need to have a PayPal account to complete the transaction.
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Cost: US $75
First session date: Saturday 24 June 2023, 1:00 PM PDT
Second session date: Saturday 1 July 2023, 1:00 PM PDT
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The Small Print
Note that all workshops have limited capacity, and registration is on a first-come first-served basis. Early bird prices available until 13 May. Registration deadline is one week before workshop begins. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop if there is insufficient interest. In such a case, all registration fees will be fully refunded. If interest exceeds capacity, we may add additional workshops. In fact, if you have any ideas for future programs you'd like to see, let us know!
EXAMPLES OF LITERARY TAXIDERMY
If you'd like to get a feel for what makes a successful literary taxidermy story, you might want to check out The Gymnasium, a collection by Mark Malamud that inspired the competition. You may also pick up one of the competition anthologies from previous years. They include both short stories and poetry.
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