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The Palm Springs Writers Guild (PSWG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, developing, and supporting established and aspiring Coachella Valley writers since 1979. Its current active membership stands at 254 members. We aim to provide a wide range of programs to all levels of writers based on a philosophy of inclusion and respect for the diversity of our membership. Toward that end, we offer members a place where they can advance their craft, find support and camaraderie through writing workshops, mentoring groups, writing contests, critique groups, and guest speakers. PSWG is also proud of its members paying it forward to the next generation of writers through supporting and facilitating the High School Writing Contests, Scholarship Fund, and Boys & Girls Club Writing Workshops.

Currently, PSWG is sponsoring the Coachella Valley High School scholarship writing contest, “The Power of Music.” Students from grades 9-12 submit their essays to the Language Arts teachers who determine the most deserving essays and submit them to PSWG volunteer readers. These volunteers judge the essays for first, second, and third place. PSWG honors the student winners on our website and at our next membership meeting held at the Rancho Mirage Public Library.

And the winners are:


The Palms Springs Writers Guild education mission is to inspire and nurture Coachella Valley writers, including student writers, with a focus on English Language Learners. We believe in giving voice to students’ aspirations by offering a variety of writing workshops, contests, and scholarships.


For the last two decades, there has been a steady decline in basic writing skills throughout the United States. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, three-quarters of both 12th and 8th graders lack proficiency in writing.

Additionally, the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that poor writing skills influence both employers and their prospective employees. Strong writing skills are a requirement for people who aspire to a career in writing and also to careers as wide-ranging as education, engineering, IT, healthcare, the arts, politics, and business.

To make an online donation to The Palm Springs Writers Guild Student Scholarships Program, please click the donate button above. If you wish to make a donation by check, please write "Scholarship Program" in the memo area and mail it to:

Palm Springs Writers Guild
P.O. Box 947
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-0947

Thank you for your contribution.


The California State average for ELA proficiency is 50.87%.
At Rancho Mirage HS, 12.4 % are English Language Learners.
 - The percentage of students attaining ELA proficiency in 2019 was 42%.
At Coachella Valley HS, 54% of the student population are English Language Learners.
 - The percentage of students attaining ELA proficiency in 2019 was 28.85%.
These are concerning statistics which we would like to see improved.

Past Projects:

- 2016-2018 UC Riverside/College of the Desert Scholarships
- 2017-18 Rancho Mirage High School Writing Contests
- 2018-19 Rancho Mirage High School Writing Contests

Current Projects:

- 2020 Coachella Valley High School Writing Contest
- PSWG Scholarship Fundraiser Gala 2020-2021

The Palm Springs Writers Guild is a nonprofit 501(C)(3).

The scholarship committee is composed of at least three PSWG members who are responsible for administering, promoting, and seeking funds for the scholarship program.

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Palm Springs Writers Guild
P.O. Box 947
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270