May meeting



Join Pen Women as we tour

 Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert

May 20

followed by


Cuistot’s restaurant

$27 all inclusive

Secure your reservation by May 16 with a check sent to: Marge Dodge 79-305 Toronja La Quinta 92253

You must select your entree and send your choice with your check. 

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Field Green Salad with House Dressing

Tomato Basil Soup

Fresh Chicken Breast Stuffed with Imported Cheeses, Served over Steamed Spinach and Natural Juices 


Filet of Beef Medallions with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Raspberry Feuilleté Vanilla Custard in a Light Shell, Laid on a Bed of Warm Caramel.


April Meeting

High above the valley floor are a myriad of trails that snake over our mountains.
Where do they lead? What can we discover if we traverse these dusty paths? 

Here’s your chance to meet the man who knows all the answers!
A man who has hiked all these trails and written about them to share with others.

Phillip Ferranti
 Author of the best selling book 140 Great Hikes in and around Palm Springs.


 guest speaker

at the 

Palm Springs Pen Women  Luncheon

April 15, 2014

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

at Desert Willow Golf Resort
Palm Desert 


Phillip has also written a book about Colorado State Parks and a national best seller Hiking! The Ultimate Natural Prescription for Health and Wellness and is the founder, in 1992, of The Coachella Valley Hiking Club

Please make reservations to Kathy at by Friday, April 14.

March Meeting





Short story writer




Michael Johnson Craft

has worn all of these writing hats
and will share with us his insights of the “craft”



March 18, 2014

at the

Pen Women Meeting and Luncheon


Desert Willow Golf Club

Palm Desert


For lunch reservations email Kathy at
by Friday, March 14

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 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



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 by Friday, January 17

December Meeting

Come hear the story of Trevor

The Boy on the Lake

from author

Susan Rosser


 UCLA graduate and author of two international best sellers Just Desserts and A Matter of Betrayal

December 17, 2013



Desert Willow Golf resort

Palm Desert


“The Boy on the Lake is a true story of a young boy’s battle with cancer and his journey to becoming a champion for the protection of communities from environmental contamination leading to disease clusters.” Rosser played an active part in tracing the cause of Trevor’s cancer and with Trevor and his mother, Charlie, help found Trevor’s Trek Foundation.

For reservations contact Kathy Bjork at by Friday December 13.  Lunch: $26 members  $28 guests




November Meeting



Seymour Englander


novelist, screen writer, and Certified Behavioral Skills Analyst.

November 19, 2013
Desert Willow Golf Resort
38-995 Desert Willow Dr.
Palm Desert


BEHAVIOR is ‘how people act’ in their environment.
It’s observable and is the crucial factor in CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

Understanding BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS AND MOTIVATORS helps create CHARACTERS that feel real, are exciting, distinctive and resonate with us all.

If we can ‘plot’ our own behavior and recognize what motivates us, then learning to recognize other behavioral styles and motivators,
enabling us to write great characters, is easy.  

Seymour has written and sold feature films to Miramax and New Line, as well as to independent producers and has written for episodic television. 

My Mother Died Before I Could Murder Her , a novel, was published by BookMark Libris in 2011.  He is a member of the Writers Guild of America – WGA (w)

For reservations contact Kathy Bjork at

October meeting


Kickoff the Pen Women 2013-2014 season


Old Town Artisan Studio

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10:00 am to noon (check-in and payment from 9:30 to 10:00am)

51105 Avenida Villa, Suite 101, La Quinta, CA. 92253

This informative and creative two-hour workshop will teach you to make both decorative jewelry and eatery. Come relax, learn about glass, and leave with a beautiful piece of glass art or jewelry. Lunch to follow workshop at Stuft Pizza in Old Town La Quinta.

Cost of the glass class is $30. Cost of lunch is $12

Reservations are required. Contact Kathy Bjork at for your reservation for the glass class & lunch.
(760 346-4433 for information)
Come to just one or both!


For additional information visit or call 760-777-1444.

Directions to Old Town Artisan Studio: from the intersection of Hwy 111 and Washington, go south on Washington to Eisenhower and turn right. Go to Calle Tampico and turn left. Then the third right turn onto Avenida Villa, go to 51105 Avenida Villa, Suite 101.

Lunch ($12 per person inclusive) to follow workshop at Stuft Pizza in Old Town La Quinta at 78015 Main Street, #100, La Quinta, CA. 92253. Order from the lunch specials that include:

  • Individual Pizza — Any Two Toppings Small Hearth Baked Pizza and Drink (Soda, Brewed Iced Tea, or Coffee)

  • Stuft Street Tacos — Three Carne Asada Tacos on Corn Tortillas Served with Cilantro and Onions. Drink Included.

  • Pick Two — Choose Any Two from the List Below. Drink Included.

    • Half Salad Summer, House, Caesar, or Cobb

    • Half Pasta Spaghetti Pomodoro, Marinara, Fettuccini Alfredo or Mac and Cheese

    • Half Sandwich Tuna, Turkey, Ham, or Roast Beef

    • Cup of Soup Soup of the Day, Veggie, or Chili

For more information visit or call 760-777-9989.

Directions to Stuft Pizza from Old Town Artisan Studios: go north on Avenida Villa toward Calle Tampico. Turn right on Calle Tampico, then the second right onto Avenida Bermudas. Take the second left onto Main.

Old Town Artisan Studio, a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization, is located in Old Town La Quinta, CA. It provides a warm and inviting place where persons of all ages can reveal their artistic expressions through the mediums of clay and fused glass. Individual private instruction, classes for children, adults and seniors, as well as independent studio use is blended with fee exempt instruction offered to numerous charities serving the interest of youth, special needs and seniors in our desert valley.