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.

2018 MWA SoCal Board of Directors

President: Glen Erik Hamilton
Vice-President: Nadine Nettmann
Secretary: Travis Richardson
Treasurer: Sarah M. Chen

  • Shannon Baker
  • Lisa Brackmann
  • Ellen Byron
  • Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Jessica Kaye
  • Paul D. Marks
  • Terri Nolan

Past President: Elizabeth Little

 

Books by SoCalMWA Members

  • SoCalMWA Member about
  • SoCalMWA Member Kathryn Lilley
  • SoCalMWA Member Suzanne Gates
  • SoCalMWA Member S.K. Rizzolo
  • SoCalMWA Member Kristen Kittscher
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Phillips
  • SoCalMWA Member Ivan Obolensky
  • SoCalMWA Member Eric J. Guignard
  • SoCalMWA Member Amnon Kabatchnik
  • SoCalMWA Member Gwendolyn Womack
  • SoCalMWA Member Haris Orkin
  • SoCalMWA Member Kim Fay
  • SoCalMWA Member Michael Thomas Barry
  • SoCalMWA Member Gary Inbinder
  • SoCalMWA Member Sherri Leigh James
  • SoCalMWA Member Tammy Kaehler
  • SoCalMWA Member Dick Lochte
  • SoCalMWA Member Bonnie Cardone
  • SoCalMWA Member Ellen Byron
  • SoCalMWA Member Duane Swierczynski
  • SoCalMWA Member Gayle Bartos-Pool
  • SoCalMWA Member Tony Piazza
  • SoCalMWA Member Jill Amadio
  • SoCalMWA Member Stephen Buehler
  • SoCalMWA Member John Shepphird
  • SoCalMWA Member Robert Crane
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Wiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Jonathan Maberry
  • SoCalMWA Member James Thane
  • SoCalMWA Member Jennifer Moss
  • SoCalMWA Member Maxine Nunes
  • SoCalMWA Member Donald Moore
  • SoCalMWA Member Terri Nolan
  • SoCalMWA Member Bill Fitzhugh
  • SoCalMWA Member Elizabeth Little
  • SoCalMWA Member Jeri Westerson
  • SoCalMWA Member Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • SoCalMWA Member Sybil Johnson
  • SoCalMWA Member Jennifer Berg
  • SoCalMWA Member James Scott Bell
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie Archer
  • SoCalMWA Member Ron Cutler
  • SoCalMWA Member Nancie Clare
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member William Burton McCormick
  • SoCalMWA Member D.P. Lyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Sarah M.  Chen
  • SoCalMWA Member Steve Hodel
  • SoCalMWA Member Patricia Smiley
  • SoCalMWA Member Sheila Lowe
  • SoCalMWA Member Neil Russell
  • SoCalMWA Member Linda L. Guyan
  • SoCalMWA Member Glen Erik Hamilton
  • SoCalMWA Member Shannon Muir (Broden)
  • SoCalMWA Member Jay Kinney
  • SoCalMWA Member Rachel Howzell Hall
  • SoCalMWA Member Andrew Kaplan
  • SoCalMWA Member Barry Lancet
  • SoCalMWA Member Connie di Marco
  • SoCalMWA Member Danny Gardner
  • SoCalMWA Member Corey Lynn Fayman
  • SoCalMWA Member Leslie S. Klinger
  • SoCalMWA Member Matt Coyle
  • SoCalMWA Member Craig Faustus Buck
  • SoCalMWA Member Holly West
  • SoCalMWA Member Lee Goldberg
  • SoCalMWA Member Martin Roy Hill
  • SoCalMWA Member Shannon Baker
  • SoCalMWA Member Christina Hoag
  • SoCalMWA Member Bonnie MacBird
  • SoCalMWA Member Vanessa A. Ryan
  • SoCalMWA Member Barbara  DeMarco-Barrett
  • SoCalMWA Member Tyler Dilts
  • SoCalMWA Member Nancy Raven Smith
  • SoCalMWA Member Paul D. Marks