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For information, please contact Cynthia West, VP Education

For six years running PSWG has sponsored a student writing contest at one of our local high schools.

2021-2022 Rancho Mirage High School and Indio High School
2020-2021 Indio High School
2019-2020 Coachella Valley High School
2017-2019 Rancho Mirage High School

This year The Guild sponsored a Poetry Slam at Indio High School on April 7th in which 30 students participated. The top five students were awarded monetary prizes.

Indio High School Poetry Slam Winners 2021-2022
Left to Right: Isaac Zarco, Isaac Zamora, Diego Perez, Destiny Ocon, and Melissa Ramirez.


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.

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