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Putting the ME in Memoir Writing Workshop

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September 21-22, 2024 // 10 AM - 5PM

Hillary Carlip, award-winning author of five books including the acclaimed memoir Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan, which Publishers Weekly called “Fresh, funny…hilarious and heartbreaking,” and Maxine Lapiduss, writer/producer of classic hit TV shows including Ellen, Roseanne, Dharma & Greg, and personal branding coach for writers and artists, will reprise their creative writing workshop at the Double DD Ranch, their magical 27-acre retreat space in Santa Fe.

The duo have racked up some crazy personal experiences like winning the Gong Show three times; riding down Fifth Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage impersonating Sarah Ferguson, fooling hundreds of thousands of people; teaching Ellen to eat fire on Ellen, prompting Liza Minelli to come out unplanned with a fire extinguisher; and spending months in 30 below weather directing an ex-porn star in a Russian sitcom… and we’re just scratching the surface!

Everyone has unique experiences, personality traits, and POVs that set them apart from the pack. As writers, Maxx and Hillary have learned to mine their own essences, personalities, and experiences to make their own writing memorable. In this experiential weekend, they’ll share their secrets with just 15 writers, and show them exactly how to do the same.

The weekend will include one-of-a-kind exercises, writing prompts, specific guidance, and individual and group feedback meant to help you easily, and powerfully, tap into your own essence and stories to better shape your specific style and authentic voice.

This fresh and playful workshop, for writers of all levels and genres, will be unlike any you’ve experienced before—and in addition to offering helpful tools, it will include fantastic folks you’ll want to know for the rest of your lives, tasty meals, staggering views, and the petting of very large animals that live next door.
AND you can experience all of this fabulousness for the discounted price of just $499. Which basically covers the cost of lunch, snacks, beverages, and cleaning of buffalo poop.

We hope you’ll join us and take away some inspiring guidance that just might change your life.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot NOW!

$499: Due when you register to hold your spot
Payble through Paypal, Venmo, or Credit Card.

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Venmo: @storyblaster


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel by August 21, your deposit will be refunded minus a $100 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations after will be made only if your place is filled.

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"The writing went deep, wide, and wild. Watching the New Mexico sunset helped in a gorgeous, ranch-y kind of way, too. And the yummy, healthy food kept us fueled, alert, and ready to craft some more gems. Thanks to Hillary and Maxine we found bits of ourselves and shared them with new loving friends. And did we ever laugh! I miss every one of you." —Mary

"Thank you for creating a wonderful experience (and space!) and facilitating such meaningful work. It was a privilege to meet everyone and be a part of it." —Judy

"The camp you always wanted to go to except with good food. We LOVE Double DD Ranch! " —Cyndy

“Still digesting the magnificence of our writing retreat at DD Ranch and the profound insights and generosity of the retreat leaders and participants. What a gift it is to unplug and write."

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