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