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 400 members. Our members directory shows a (work-in-progress) list, with book covers and links to author websites. View member directory »

Upcoming Events

  • Librarian Tea

    All Bouchercon librarians are invited for a FREE special tea in conjunction with Penguin Random House. We’ll be presenting an audiobook panel, free audiobooks, authors to chat with, and a delicious high tea. 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.

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Books by SoCalMWA Members

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  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Edward Wright
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric Beetner
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary C. King
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Burl Barer