February Meeting

From the earliest moments of her California childhood Livvi Gray has been haunted by a recurring nightmare . . .

So begins the story from the novel


The Book of Someday




Dianne Dixon
television writer, screenwriter, and author  


We will welcome Dianne as featured speaker at our

Pen Women Meeting and Lunch

February 18, 2014


Desert Willow Golf Club

Palm Desert

Dianne’s first book, The Language of Secrets, which received excellent reviews, has been decribed as “a lovely and compelling first novel which explores the ramifications of loss, the aftermath of tragedy, and the sometimes terrible cost a child can pay for a parent’s guilt.” 

Dianne has taught creative writing at Pitzer College, Claremont, and screenwriting at the Dodge College of Film and Media at Chapman University in Orange California.

Please email your reservation(s) to Kathy at kbjo67.com by Friday, February 14th.

January Meeting

Long before many of us came to live in our beautiful desert, others came to claim a plot of land with the hope to build a life here.  All that is left to mark their stay are the small shacks that dot the arid landscape north of the freeway, known as jackrabbit homesteads

Come hear

Kim Stringfellow
Associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University kimstringfellow.com



tell the story behind these homesteads



January 21, 2014




Desert Willow Golf resort

Kim is an innovative  artist, writer and photographer who does extensive research of a region and creates a documentary using writing, digital media, photography, audio, video, and mapping.  Other areas she has  documented include the Salton Sea and the Owens Valley. Greetings from the Salton Sea is a book that chronicles the sea’s decline, and There It Is–Take It, is a self-guided audio tour through the Owens Valley that examines the controversial Los Angeles aqueduct system.

For lunch reservations email Kathy at kbjo67@yahoo.com by Friday, January 17