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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

  • Luncheon: Adapting Novels into Screenplays

    From Page To Screen: Adapting novels into screenplays MWA SoCal Luncheon Tam O’Shanter Sunday, May 22 – Noon (doors open at 11:30)   Join us for this discussion of the unique skills required and the pitfalls encountered as writers adapt material previously written for another medium for the screen, big and small.   Terrill Lee Lankford […] Find out more »

  • MWA SoCal Cocktail Party at Jim Ziskin’s

    Author James Ziskin graciously opens his home in the Hollywood Hills for a Chapter-hosted cocktail party. Come on by and shoot the breeze with your fellow writers. Plus ones are welcome. PLEASE RSVP to give us a head count. (at the bottom of the event page) 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 Inbinder
  • SoCalMWA Member Sherri Leigh  James
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Deborah J  Ledford
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Nancy Raven Smith
  • SoCalMWA Member Terri Nolan
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Diane Vallere
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Joel Fox
  • SoCalMWA Member Amnon Kabatchnik
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Mary Stenvall
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Laurie Stevens
  • SoCalMWA Member Glen Erik Hamilton
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Michelle Gagnon
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Rachel Howzell Hall
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Shannon Baker
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas  Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member James W Ziskin
  • SoCalMWA Member Stephen Buehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Dick Lochte
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack