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