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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

  • From Page to Film

    Our Arizona members are putting on a free event. The event will feature presentation and discussion by author, screenwriter and producer Deborah Ledford, president of independent media company IOF Productions Ltd; and author/attorney Kerry Droban, a true crime writer and producer with an upcoming History Channel series. 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.

Looking for more information on becoming a member of the MWA? Visit our join page »

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Books by SoCalMWA Members

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