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
  • Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Jessica Kaye
  • Paul D. Marks
  • Terri Nolan
  • Jennifer Younger

Past President: Elizabeth Little

 

Books by SoCalMWA Members

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