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Twelfth Annual Memoir Writing Workshop “Turning Memory into Story"

  • Plaza Hotel in Historic Las Vegas 230 Plaza Park Las Vegas, NM, 87701 United States (map)

Las Vegas, New Mexico. Begins on the evening of Thursday, July 11 and ends on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15. In addition to the core workshop full day Friday and Saturday sessions, each attendee has an individual consultation with Gerry and Lorry Alice. Sunday’s afternoon session is devoted to the process of publication in the digital age, including eBook, POD, Kindle, in-print and varieties of self-publishing.

$290 ($330 for registration after June 1)
Room and board not included
Workshop limited to 15. Fills early.

Location: The historic Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, New Mexico
Begins 7 pm Thursday and ends 4 pm Sunday


Download the 2019 Registration.                    Download the 2019 Information Flyer.

Gerald and Loretta Hausman and Alice Winston Carney have presented memoir writing workshops together for eight years. Lifelong friends, they have collaborated on writing projects for over 25 years.

They say, “We share a love of writing and coaching others in writing. We keep our workshops small so that all participants receive the guidance they seek. We  use memoir as a starting point because everyone has a life that is filled with stories. It is a gift to get those stories told.

In addition to their annual workshop in Las Vegas, New Mexico, they have held workshops together in California and Texas

We return each year to Las Vegas, New Mexico because it is a small town that is filled with history and surrounded by beautiful country. There is enough quiet to allow participants to think and write, enough art and nature to stimulate new ideas.

For more information: Las Vegas, New Mexico & Plaza Hotel

Workshop Presenters

Gerald and Loretta Hausman

GERALD and LORETTA HAUSMAN have spent 22 years in New Mexico during which time Gerald translated Navajo origin stories with native artist Jay DeGroat. Gerald has spoken on the History Channel, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Pacifica Broadcasting.  The New York Times Book Review called his collection of native mythology, Tunkashila, “An eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.”  In 1986, Gerald and Loretta founded the Blue Harbour School for Creative Writing in Jamaica, West Indies and operated it as an accredited summer school until the mid-nineties.  After moving to Bokeelia, Florida the Hausmans continued to do storytelling and writing workshops. Among their honors are the Aesop Accolade Award from the American Folklore Society, the American Bookseller, Children’s Protective Services, Bank Street College of Education, the National Council of Social Studies, the International Reading Association, Parent’s Choice and The New York Public Library.  Their more than 90 books for readers of all ages have been translated into many languages and two of their books were made into educational films. Most recently the Hausmans founded Irie Books, a publishing company devoted to new books of all kinds.

Workshop Moderator

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Alice Winston Carney

Alice Winston Carney has been a published writer since 1975. She studied journalism at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico and received her degree in English and German. She has traveled around the U.S. and the world, living in Israel on a kibbutz, working at the famed sixties hangout Alice's Restaurant with "the other Alice" and writing essays for nonfiction books and national magazines. She has been a Dale Carnegie instructor for over twenty years. Alice earned a Masters in Communication Studies at California State University Sacramento where she was a professor for over ten years. She is an active member of “Coffee and Ink,” a weekly writers group in Sacramento, has studied with Zoe Keithly and attended workshops with Natalie Goldberg. When she is not in Sacramento, Alice is writing and riding horses in Sapello, New Mexico where she and her husband Jim have a beautiful ranch. Her most recent publication is the memoir, “A Cowgirl in Search of a Horse.”


 “Thank you for another inspiring workshop, for your great writing and editing skills, and your continual support of other potential writers.  You make our lives more hopeful—and so much more interesting!” 
Carole G., New Mexico, workshop attendee 2009, 2011

“Thanks for mentoring me and giving me faith that I can get my book written and published.”
Fran Jenner, Colorado, workshop attendee 2008, 2009, 2010

"WOW what a weekend. This was a journey I could not have experienced without all of you. What a combination of talented spirits. I really, really enjoyed meeting all of you and spending my weekend with you. The session just ended and I already miss you all. I believe every person yearns for such a communion with people of quality, heart, and pure spirit... You have opened my eyes, expanded my vocabulary, and taught me to be more observant of precious daily detail…I am already looking forward to next year."
J. P. Baca Las Vegas, New Mexico 2010

"I have been busier than I can say since returning from the writer's conference.  For one thing, I am writing every day.  On a novel for Young Adults, of all things!  It came to be as a result of my meeting with Gerry and Lorry on the last day, and it seems to have a life of its own, which is a good thing, I think, as it absolutely demands my attention."
Jo-Ellen Bosson, New Jersey 2010

Honor your story—take this opportunity to spend time with other writers sharing your writing, gaining new writing skills, and learning more about the process of writing, creating a story, and publishing.