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