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