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The Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America (SoCalMWA) supports and promotes the careers of published and aspiring mystery and thriller authors in California and Nevada below the 36th parallel, as well as all of Arizona and Hawaii. Learn more about us »

We have more than 300 members. Our members directory shows a (work-in-progress) list, with book covers and links to author websites. View member directory »

Upcoming Events

  • Holiday Party

    Please Note: San Fernando Rd is split into an east side and a west side and the pub’s address is not accessible from the east side. You must cross the tracks to the WEST side of the pub to get to the entrance. See Map HERE. Free valet parking will be available. Go inside the […] Find out more »

  • California Crime Writers Conference 2015

    Join us in Culver City, California for a weekend of outstanding workshops geared to the needs of both emerging and established mystery writers. Attendees will enjoy tracks on forensics, craft, industry, and marketing, along with other mystery-themed activities. Find out more »

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About the Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

Edgar Allan Poe IconThe MWA was established in 1945 by a dozen or so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and protecting the interests and welfare of mystery writers and to increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre.

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Books by SoCalMWA Members

  • SoCalMWA Member
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Mary Stenvall
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger
  • SoCalMWA Member Gay Toltl Kinman
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member Gay Toltl Kinman
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas  Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member James W Ziskin