Attendees Encouraged to Post Using #RMWF2020

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, an annual gathering of world-class writers being held January 29–31, is sold out. Attendees who secured passes to this popular event, described by some to be the “Coachella for the Brain,” are encouraged by festival organizers and The City of Rancho Mirage to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #RMWF2020.

What’s it all about?

With a mission to bring readers a rich and diverse program with topics ranging from politics, history, humor, and health to genre and literary fiction, the 7thAnnual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival attracts a cast of profoundly successful writers for three days of panel discussions, author sessions, book signings, and meet and greet opportunities.

This year’s theme is the upcoming 2020 election. A number of sessions focus on the election and the issues facing our country in these divisive times. Additionally, the Festival celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. 

Influential political voices on the program this year include Doris Kearns Goodwin, James Carville, Senator Jeff Flake, Karl Rove, Frank Luntz, and Bret Stephens, among others.

The writers in attendance are all experts in their field, distinguished historians, respected journalists and gifted storytellers. Many are recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize as well as New York Times bestsellers.

Improvements for increased enjoyment

Past attendees will find that while the quality of the program remains strong, improvements have been made for a better attendee experience. These include:

  • Larger video screens with close-up camera technology for better viewing from the back of the Steinbeck Room.
  • The newly remodeled London Room allows for 250 more readers. Additionally, the room has giant video walls on either side of the stage, allowing everyone to have a great view.
  • An increased number of bathrooms facilities to reduce waiting times.
  • Additional seating for lunch as well as an additional coffee station.
  • Complimentary water in boxes instead of in plastic, to help reduce the impact on the environment.

Notable events

In order for the Festival to keep the cost of passes low, 80% of donations come from Angel Donors. As a thank you, there is an exclusive evening just for Angels on January 28, with very special guest speakers James Patterson and Carl Hiaasen. Attendees will receive a free copy of Patterson’s new book, “Lost.”  Additionally, two of the country’s most prized presidential biographers and historians — Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham – make a special Angel Night appearance.

Other interesting talks to bookmark over the three days include:

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin on “Leadership in Turbulent Times”: Wednesday, 8:30–9:15 a.m., Jack London Room
  • Dr. Lynne Cheney and Jon Meacham on “America’s First War”: Wednesday, 8:30–9:15 a.m., John Steinbeck Room
  • Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham on “Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made a Nation”: Wednesday, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Jack London Room
  • Mary Cunningham Agee, Hon. Barbara Boxer, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Anna Quindlen on “Celebrating Women”: Wednesday, 1–1:45 p.m., John Steinbeck Room
  • Frank Luntz, “America’s public opinion guru,” who has an exact replica of the Oval Office inside his Brentwood home, on “Five Days to the Iowa Caucus”: Wednesday, 2–2:45 p.m., Jack London Room
  • Dan Abrams, chief of legal affairs for ABC News, on “Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy”: Thursday, 8:30–9:15 a.m., Walt Disney Room
  • James Carville on “The Ragin’ Cajun”: Thursday, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Walt Disney Room
  • Tim Harford, The Financial Times “Underground Economist” columnist, on “Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy”: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Jack London Room
  • Dr. Dale Bredesen and Dr. Joseph Scherger on “The End of Alzheimer’s”: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., John Steinbeck Room
  • Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew on “Stoker on Stoker”: Friday, 9:30–10:15 a.m., Walt Disney Room

Social media sharing

All talks during The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival are filmed and will be available on the event website and YouTube channel after the Festival ends. Select sessions will also be filmed by C-SPAN Book TV.

Attendees are encouraged to post to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share the experiences they have during the course of the Festival. Be sure to use the hashtag #RMWF2020