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: Paul D. Marks
Secretary: Travis Richardson
Treasurer: Sarah M. Chen

  • Shannon Baker
  • Steph Cha
  • Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Jessica Kaye
  • Kristen Kittscher
  • Terri Nolan

Past President: Craig Faustus Buck

 

Books by SoCalMWA Members

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