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.

2021 MWA SoCal Board of Directors

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

  • Fred Andersen
  • Ed Arno
  • Gay Toltl Kinman
  • Terri Nolan
  • August Norman
  • Ona Russell
  • Nancy Cole Silverman

Past President: Glen Erik Hamilton

Books by SoCalMWA Members

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