The Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America (SoCalMWA) supports and promotes the careers of published and aspiring mystery and thriller authors in California and Nevada below the 36th parallel, as well as all of Arizona and Hawaii. Learn more about us »

We have more than 300 members. Our members directory shows a (work-in-progress) list, with book covers and links to author websites. View member directory »


  • California Crime Writers Conference
    Plan on joining us on June 10 & 11 for two intense days of incredible information, inspiration, and networking for any crime writer at any stage in your career. We will have panels for the beginner who has barely written that first line to established professionals looking to step up their game, plus workshops and some exciting surprises.

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  • A Conversation with Louis Bayard
    Want some expert tips on writing historical mysteries? Interested in the process of bringing a book to the big screen? Then join us on Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. on Crowdcast as SoCalMWA Vice President and “Authors in the Tent” host, Ona Russell, as she interviews the esteemed author, educator, and reviewer, Louis Bayard.

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