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