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