A writing retreat on the edge of the desert.

Est. 2018

Joshua Tree, CA

What is Desert Salon?
Since 2018, Desert Salon has been held annually in Joshua Tree, CA. Attendees have worked on novels, short stories, screenplays, essays, poetry, and more. Since then, we’ve had major successes—projects developed at Desert Salon have gone on to be featured in major national magazines, literary magazines, anthologies, and podcast episodes.

Behind the scenes

What is the retreat like?
Aside from lots of quiet writing time, the four-night retreat includes group meals, nightly readings, (optional) group hikes, an evening out in Pioneertown, and workshop sessions


→ When is Desert Salon held?

Annually. The dates shift, depending on availability. Keep an eye on our Instagram for information about Desert Salon 2023.

→ Who is behind Desert Salon?

Lexi Pandell, a California-based writer.

→ How can I join?

Check out our Instagram or sign up for more info here.

Come write with us!

Emerging and established writers are invited to apply. Sign up here to be alerted about upcoming retreats.

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