About

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.

MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. We provide scholarships for writers, sponsor MWA:Reads (our youth literacy program), sponsor symposia and conferences, present the Edgar® Awards, and conduct other activities to further a better appreciation and higher regard for crime writing.

MWA also works to educate writers and those who aspire to write regarding their rights and interests, and to make writers and readers aware of matters which may affect crime writing through legislation, publishing industry practices, judicial decisions, or in other ways.

The Southern California (SoCal) Chapter

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

Chapter Services

  • Regular meetings at which members can network and enjoy the company of other writers.
  • The March of Crime, a monthly newsletter full of publishing industry and market info, member updates, and chapter news. Email us to submit material.
  • An online mailing list through which any MWA member with Internet access can ask questions and trade information with others on a daily basis. Past messages are archived, and the service also includes a calendar, shared files, and a list of Internet bookmarks.
  • A library of members’ works, housed at California State University, Long Beach. Any member may donate submit or produced work in for inclusion.

Board of Directors, SoCal Chapter

President: Elizabeth Little
Vice-President: TBA
Secretary: TBA
Treasurer: Sarah M. Chen

  • Shannon Baker
  • Steph Cha
  • Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Jessica Kaye
  • Kristen Kittscher
  • Paul D. Marks
  • Terri Nolan
  • Travis Richardson
  • James Ziskin

Past President: Craig Faustus Buck

 

Books by SoCalMWA Members

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