January 24-26, 2018

America's Best Writers Festival

About Us

Writers Festival

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is a world class gathering of writers, thinkers, and people contributing to the intellectual vitality of our time. The City of Rancho Mirage, California, will welcome 50 authors and 1,000 readers to the Fifth Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival from January 24-26, 2018. Writers will talk about their books, their source of ideas, and the mechanics of writing for publication.

The Festival was founded in 2014 by Jamie Kabler, who wanted to bring a premier intellectual event to the Coachella Valley. As Festival enthusiast Mark Hogan describes it, the Festival is “Coachella for the brain.” The Festival began as a small gathering with 400 readers and 6 founding angels to a sold-out event that attracts over 1,000 readers and allows only 150 Angels. The Festival has featured authors who are the recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, among other honors. Many featured books are New York Times bestsellers. The Festival has become truly international with authors from all over the world.

During the day the Festival is held at the award-winning Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, with 90 sessions over three days. Our writers are all experts in their field, distinguished historians, respected journalists and gifted storytellers.

We are grateful to Jeannette and Raymond Galante for sponsoring the best and brightest students in the Coachella Valley, along with their teachers, to attend the 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival. These talented students were able to fully participate in the Festival, as well as engage in private meetings with the Festival authors.

Bryn and Richard DeBeikes are underwriting a program for the 2018 Festival to bring exceptional college students from southern California universities, including USC and UCLA, to participate in the RMWF.


We received some great feedback on our 2017 Festival, and we listened to you, our readers. You told us that the evening sessions made the long days too exhausting. Next year we are incorporating the evening sessions into the day and adding our biggest stars and most popular speakers to the daytime sessions. We will have up to 90 sessions over three days, with a choice of five fantastic sessions in each time slot. Sessions will be from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, with longer breaks in between talks. Friday will be a half day, with sessions from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.


The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Foundation is committed to giving back to the community. We are proud to partner with the award-winning Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, and all extra proceeds from the Festival go back to support programs and improvements at the Library. The Foundation has committed $60,000 toward the cost of the beautiful glass façade that encloses the children’s room.

The Foundation also sponsors the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Book Club. This is a free event for the community that focuses on books written by writers from the 2018 Festival. The event is hosted at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, where readers gather to discuss books such as H.W. Brand’s The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, an exciting study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis. The Book Club meets the last Wednesday of the month, except during the summer.

The Foundation is excited to begin a new event this year, the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Writers Series. The Foundation will present a series of talks by eminent authors throughout the year. This event is free and will take place at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory. More details about the Writers Series will be sent to our readers in the coming months.


PRExcellence award

We are proud to announce that the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is the winner of the 2017 California Library Association PRExcellence Award.


“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it”
—Samuel Johnson

The mission of the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is to bring authors and readers together for an exchange of ideas where all will celebrate the enduring intellectual power of the written word.


Heart of the Palm Springs Valley

Rancho Mirage

Nestled between the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south and the snow-capped San Jacinto range on the west, Rancho Mirage is one of the most beautiful desert cities in the world. Presidents, corporate executives and Hollywood celebrities have designated this enclave the preferred luxury destination in the Palm Springs Valley.

  • Southern California resort city
  • Dubbed “Playground of Presidents”
  • Beautiful weather, 65–80 degrees throughout January
  • A wide range of fabulous restaurants and world-class resorts
  • Over 200 golf courses, and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the second largest tennis stadium in America.
  • The Palm Springs Art Museum, The Galen, The Mccallum Theatre, Sunnylands Center and Gardens
  • The Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Modernism Week


Board of Directors

  • Jamie Kabler, Chairman and President
  • Susan L. Davis, Vice President
  • Helene Galen, Secretary
  • Madeline Redstone, Treasurer
  • Mayor Emeritus Iris Smotrich
  • Mayor Emeritus G Dana Hobart
  • David Bryant, Ex-Officio


  • Jamie Kabler
  • (Co-Founder: Susan Rosser)

Steering Committee

  • David Bryant
  • Susan Cook
  • Susan Davis
  • Aaron Espinosa
  • Dustin Ingham
  • Jamie Kabler
  • Valentine Llort
  • Bob Rekuc
  • Diane Sagan

Team Members

  • Debbie Green, Executive Producer
  • Deborah Dejah, Director of Programing
  • Liz Lorenz, Festival Concierge
  • Jason Bruecks, Angel Concierge
  • Daniel McCullor, Angel Concierge
  • Tom Truhe, Angel Concierge
  • Robbie Lomes, Angel Concierge
  • Sid Craig, Angel Concierge
  • Marcus Aleman, Angel Concierge
  • Kristie Ramos, Angel Concierge

Download the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival financial statements