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   Mysterious Happenings

California Crime Writers Conference

June 6-7, 2015

Culver City, CA

Registration is now open!

CCWC only happens once every two years and we cap it at 200 people to keep it intimate, so it sells out fast. Unlike huge fan conventions or big book festivals, CCWC gives writers an opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors and with agents, editors, publishers and law enforcement/forensics experts. Don't miss your chance.

Those who attended CCWC 2013 know how unique this conference is and they're already buying up spots, so register soon and take advantage of earlybird prices. 

This year we are honored to present keynote speakers:


Charlaine Harris        Anne Perry

CCWC is a joint fundraiser for SoCalMWA and Sisters in Crime LA.
All profits go to support your local mystery writing community.

June 6 & 7, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles - Westside, 
6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, California





Wed. October 15th, 7pm

Old Town Music Hall, El Segundo


includes snacks and drinks


As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer it's time for a little film noir. Join us for a members screening of a classic film noir in a real classic movie house. 

SoCalMWA presents a FREE screening of the Otto Preminger classic Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950), starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney - the great screen couple from Preminger's other noir classic, Laura.

This being a vintage movie house built in the 1920s, we will also have vintage film noir trailers as well as a short subject.

A panel discussion about film noir with experts and authors featuring Harley Jane Kozak and others will precede the film.

Snacks and drinks are on the house so bring a date, pull on your finest fedora and trenchcoat and we'll see you at the movies.

Librarian Tea


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Mystery Writers of America, Inc. (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. For information on services and how to join, please visit the MWA website or send them e-mail or call them at 212-888-8171. You can also print out a membership application.

The Southern California (SoCal) Chapter of MWA covers members in California and Nevada below the 36th parallel, as well as all of Arizona and Hawaii.


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Mystery Writers of America
Southern California Chapter
P.O. Box 55215
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413


Jeri Westerson, President
Craig Faustus Buck, Vice-President
 Terri Nolan, Secretary
Eric Beetner, Treasurer

Deborah Coonts
Matt Coyle
Jessica Kaye
Susan Goldstein
Susan Miller
Dennis Palumbo
Charles Rosenberg

Former President Gary Phillips, Ex Officio

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