About

Mystery Writers of America, Inc. (MWA) was established in 1945 by a dozen or so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and protecting the interests and welfare of mystery writers and to increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre.

MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. We provide scholarships for writers, sponsor MWA:Reads (our youth literacy program), sponsor symposia and conferences, present the Edgar® Awards, and conduct other activities to further a better appreciation and higher regard for crime writing.

MWA also works to educate writers and those who aspire to write regarding their rights and interests, and to make writers and readers aware of matters which may affect crime writing through legislation, publishing industry practices, judicial decisions, or in other ways.

The Southern California (SoCal) Chapter

The SoCal Chapter of MWA covers members in California and Nevada below the 36th parallel, as well as all of Arizona and Hawaii.

Chapter Services

  • Regular meetings at which members can network and enjoy the company of other writers.
  • The March of Crime, a monthly newsletter full of publishing industry and market info, member updates, and chapter news. Email us to submit material.
  • An online mailing list through which any MWA member with Internet access can ask questions and trade information with others on a daily basis. Past messages are archived, and the service also includes a calendar, shared files, and a list of Internet bookmarks.
  • A library of members’ works, housed at California State University, Long Beach. Any member may donate submit or produced work in for inclusion.

2020 MWA SoCal Board of Directors

President: Jessica Kaye
Vice-President: Jennifer Younger
Secretary: Travis Richardson
Treasurer: Sarah M. Chen

Fred Andersen
Jennifer Berg
Rachel Howzell Hall
Gay Toltl Kinman
Paul D. Marks
Terri Nolan
August Norman

Past President: Glen Erik Hamilton

Books by SoCalMWA Members

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