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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

  • T. Jefferson Parker in conversation with Matt Coyle

      MWA SoCal and the La Jolla Library present: An Afternoon With New York Times Best-selling Author T. Jefferson Parker Learn about the three-time Edgar Award-winning author’s unconventional path to literary stardom in an interview with Anthony Award-winning author, Matt Coyle. T. Jefferson Parker has written 22 novels which have won a satchel full of awards […] Find out more »

  • WAIT-LIST ONLY :( Cocktail Party at Jim Ziskin’s

    Sadly, due to overwhelming response to our “save the date” notice in our last mailing, and to limited space at Jim’s house, this event is fully booked. If you’ve already RSVPed, check your Email in the coming weeks for details. If you have to back out, please let us know so that someone can have your spot. […] 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 Gary Inbinder
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas  Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Glen Erik Hamilton
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Shannon Baker
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Maxine Nunes
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Stephen Buehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Sherri Leigh  James
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member Nancy Raven Smith
  • SoCalMWA Member Dick Lochte
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Michelle Gagnon
  • SoCalMWA Member Amnon Kabatchnik
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Terri Nolan
  • SoCalMWA Member Rachel Howzell Hall
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member James W Ziskin
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member Corey Lynn Fayman
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Joel Fox
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler