January 24-25, 2018

America's Best Writers Festival

2018 Festival

A Celebration of Writers, Books, Readers, and Ideas!

With your support and enthusiasm we have together created a national book festival. C-SPAN praises our incredible programming and looks forward to being with us in years to come. If you think 2017 had great speakers, wait until you see the lineup of writers for 2018. Each week we will reveal our writers to you, our loyal readers.

We are on the way to making our fifth Festival even better. We will be limiting the number of passes sold, so there will be more room for each session. The Festival will offer certain sessions twice assuring you the opportunity to hear the presenters of your choice. We will add screens outside the Steinbeck Room so readers can watch those talks. We will increase the time between sessions giving more time for bathroom breaks and to meet the authors. The Festival will end each day around 5 pm, and we will organize literary dinners at local restaurants for readers to gather and talk about their favorite writers.

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 80 sessions over two days, with a choice of five fantastic sessions in each time slot. Sessions will be from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm, with longer breaks in between talks. At the end of each day, we will host a wine and cheese gathering from 4:40 to 6 pm, where readers can mingle with writers and chat about the events of the day.

The theme for 2018 is “Gloriana Britannia,” aka The British Invasion, featuring 8 of the best of English writers. We even have a surprise Royal to be announced. We also have our reader and C-SPAN favorites Bret Stephens, H.W. Brands, Dave Barry and Douglas Brinkley returning, not just because they give the best talks ever but because they love our “smart audiences.”

Included in your all-access Festival pass:
• Up to 80 author sessions over two days
• Valet parking
• Delicious box lunches on Wednesday and Thursday
• Hosted wine and cheese with the writers

buy 2018 passes


A Reader’s Staycation for the 2018 Rancho Mirage Writer’s Festival at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas

The Official Host Hotel of the Rancho Mirage Writer’s Festival
Enjoy a three-night stay at the Omni, arriving on January 23rd and departing on January 26th. Wednesday and Thursday at the Rancho Mirage Public Library listen to a choice of world-class authors whose best sellers range from history to world affairs to pop culture and novels.

Reader’s Staycation includes:

  • 2 full access passes to the 2018 RMWF January 24th and 25th at the Rancho Mirage Public Library
  • Boxed lunches on Wednesday and Thursday at the Rancho Mirage Public Library
  • Special VIP concierge desk at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas
  • Complimentary transportation between Omni Rancho Las Palmas and the Rancho Mirage Public Library
  • 10% discount on any Spa, golf and/or tennis rates at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas

$1,000 two passes
$750 hotel rooms for 3 nights
$400 tax deductible donation to the Festival
Total package: $2,150

Limited number of packages
No refunds


Join now! Receive your Angel wings and be a part of this amazing event!

Our angels provide a generous tax-deductible donation of $5,000. which can be paid with a check or credit card. These donations help to support honorariums and travel expenses to bring truly amazing writers to the Festival. We only have room for a limited number of angels, and when we reach that number we have to close the category.

Festival angels receive:

  • Two all access passes (value of $1,000)
  • Two lunches
  • Special evening just for Angels with guest speaker and dinner with the writers
  • Dedicated Angel concierges
  • Reserved daytime seating with choice of rooms

Seating is limited. All readers should queue up in advance of scheduled start time.

Rancho Mirage Public Library
To become an angel please make your check out to Rancho Mirage Writers Festival and mail to:
Attn: Aaron Espinosa
Rancho Mirage Public Library
71­100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Online angel Sign up form

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization, to which gifts and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Federal tax ID number 37-1754922.

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Please Note: The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is unable to provide refunds on purchased tickets. Dates, times and authors are subject to change without notice. If a purchaser notifies the Festival at 760-341-7323 before the event that he/she will not attend, the original purchase will be treated as a face value tax-deductible donation until 5 PM the day before the Festival begins. The Festival will make every effort to provide these unused passes to area students, giving them the opportunity to meet authors and to have the learning experience provided by the Festival.

Purchase of a Rancho Mirage Writers Festival pass does not guarantee admittance for any individual speaker. Seating is limited. All readers should queue up in advance of scheduled start time.