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Mystery Writers of America is the leading association for professional crime writers in the United States. Members of MWA include most major writers of crime fiction and non-fiction, as well as screenwriters, dramatists, editors, publishers, and other professionals in the field. We welcome everyone who is interested in mysteries and crime writing to join MWA.

MWA has eleven regional chapters. Once you join MWA, you are automatically enrolled in the regional chapter in your home location. (The Southern California Chapter of MWA covers members in California and Nevada below the 36th parallel, as well as all of Arizona and Hawaii.)

There are four categories of membership:

  • Active membership is open to professional writers in the crime / mystery / suspense field whose work has been published or produced in the U.S., who reside in the U.S., and who meet specific criteria set by the Board for this category.
  • Associate membership is open to professionals residing in the U.S. who work in allied fields (such as agents, booksellers, editors, librarians, publishers, and reviewers).
  • Affiliate membership is open to writers of crime / mystery / suspense fiction who are not yet professionally published, and others with an interest in the genre, including unpaid reviewers and fans or publishers not approved by MWA.
  • Corresponding membership is for those who might be in any of the above categories, but who live outside the United States.

Full details on these levels of membership, as well as national level benefits, application instructions, and other information about joining can be found on the MWA National website:

 

Books by SoCalMWA Members

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