"DSG is a public benefit guild involved with mentorship, critique, and networking to improve the art of screenwriting.”

By-laws adopted on July 7 th, 2016 - ARTICLE II Purpose

The purpose of Desert Screenwriters Guild is an educational, public benefit guild to encourage, develop, all aspects of script to screen, i.e. screenwriting, networking opportunities, utilizing presentations/seminars, mentoring, critique, electronic or other legal business ventures or activities.

Desert Screenwriters Guild is open to anyone who utilizes the rules and techniques of writing a screenplay. Whether a screenplay becomes a movie, television program, web series, or video game screenwriting is the most advanced form of dramatic writing. Our site is one of the leading sources for screenwriting information.

Fall Meetings

Desert Screenwriters Guild, Inc. meet two times a month year-round. During the season (October – May) the guild meets from 10 am – 1 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the beautiful La Quinta Country Club 77-750 Avenue 50, La Quinta, CA 92253.


La Quinta Country Club at 77-750 Avenue 50, La Quinta, CA 92253.

La Quinta, CA.- Home for many film and television celebrities and linked forever to Hollywood's golden past. Icons like Frank Capra lived at The La Quinta Resort & Spa, writing many of his greatest screenplays here, from "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," to "It Happened One Night" and "The Lost Horizon." Legendary actors Clark Gable and Carole Lombard often secluded themselves here, as well as Ginger Rogers, Spencer Tracy, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Marilyn Monroe, and Red Skelton, to name a few. Celeb residents of La Quinta include Clint Eastwood who owns an eatery in the Village. Richard Dreyfuss, William Devane, James Darren, Arnold Palmer, Goldie Hawn, Lindsay Wagner, Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, Travelling Wilburys), Jennifer Aniston, and motivational guru, Tony Robbins.

Summer Meetings May-Oct

Table reads and other meetings are scheduled at the Palm Desert Library, Community Room.


73-300 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA


DSG is an affiliate of the GREATER PALM SPRINGS FILM OFFICE, striving to consolidate all the resources needed to film in the Coachella Valley. The Film Office facilitates film, television, photography and digital media production connecting producers with local crew, vendors, locations and talent, all the while promoting the Coachella Valley as a rich and resourceful destination for media production.


Greater Palm Springs Film Office / CVEP 3111 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262


History - Desert Screenwriter Critique Group

2010 - A Desert Screenwriter critique group has been around since 2010. Bill Clark originally started the group and we met at Aspen Mills in Palm Springs, CA.

Don Hoffmeister and Janeil Austin were the first members of the screenwriters meeting with Bill Clark until he moved.

2010 - 2012 Desert Screenwriter critique group went under the leadership of John Meyers.

2012 – 2013 Judith Conway led Desert Screenwriter at the River. She moved back east and the group continued via the internet.

2014 – 9/2015 John Fraim created a critique group under the Palm Springs Writers Guild. The group had 18 members and met in a conference room at the Palm Desert Library on the COD campus. Under the leadership of John, the Desert Screenwriter Group added a web component. John moved to Ohio.

10/2015 – July 2016 Leadership of co - chair Ray Lovato, and Janeil Austin. Members Mike Colonna arranged for the group to meet at the LQCC. Added a blog component. October 15, 2015, we added a logo for our group.

7/7/2016 – Incorporating DSG – Desert Screenwriters Guild, Inc. Members Janeil Austin – President, Andrew Kaplan-Vice President; Mike Colonna – Fundraising;

7/27/2016 – Board Resolution accepted Connie Bunetta - Secretary and Levi Vincent – Member-at-Large.

10/25/2016 Internal Revenue Service granted Desertscreen Writers Guild, Inc non-profit staus

Jan 10, 2017, accepted resignation of Andrew Kaplan as Vice-President

Jan 10. 2017, approved Mike Colonna to fill the role of Vice-President.

Jan 10, 2017, approved Terence Davis to fill the role of Fundraiser.