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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 »

Registration is now open for the California Crime Writers Conference 2017!
This fantastic event (just ask a previous attendee) WILL sell out, so register soon.

Upcoming Events

  • Cause and Origin: The Art and Science of Arson Investigation

      MWA SoCal Luncheon Tam O’Shanter Sunday, January 29th at Noon (doors open at 11:30) Join us for an inside and in-depth look at the realities of modern arson and explosives investigations.   For our first luncheon of the new year, we are thrilled to be able to offer both members and non-members the opportunity to meet […] Find out more »

  • California Crime Writers Conference

    This is the premier crime writing conference in the country. It is for writers, not fans, and we cap attendance at just 200 people in order to keep it intimate, so it sells out fast. There will be agents, editors, law enforcement/forensics professionals, and panels on craft from some of the best writers in the business. […] 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

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  • SoCalMWA Member Bonnie Cardone
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member James W. Ziskin
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Donald Moore
  • SoCalMWA Member Ronald Tierney
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Ken Kuhlken
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member Nancy Raven Smith
  • SoCalMWA Member Bonnie MacBird
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member Stephen Buehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Shannon Baker
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah Coonts
  • SoCalMWA Member Kim Fay
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Sherri Leigh James
  • SoCalMWA Member Michelle Gagnon
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Jill Amadio
  • SoCalMWA Member Mary Stenvall
  • SoCalMWA Member Amnon Kabatchnik
  • SoCalMWA Member Corey Lynn Fayman
  • SoCalMWA Member Maxine Nunes
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member Rachel Howzell Hall
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Robert Crane
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Frank   Grady
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Glen Erik Hamilton
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Inbinder
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Joel Fox
  • SoCalMWA Member James Scott Bell
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member John Shepphird
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Dick Lochte
  • SoCalMWA Member Duane Swierczynski
  • SoCalMWA Member Terri Nolan
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie di Marco
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe