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