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Writers Association

The Southern California Writers Association offers both events, information, and networking for writers at all levels. We provide programs and services that support the development of writing craft, as well as publishing, marketing and networking opportunities. Read more at about us >

Membership is open to all writers and publishing professionals, working in a wide range of genres. Our annual membership fee offers many benefits, including meetings, seminars, contests, discounts and promotional opportunities. Please view our membership page for details >

Pub Shop and Craft Chat

Craft Chat is a regular event that provides opportunities to discuss writing topics of interest and write in a casual atmosphere. Conversations will be led by SCWA members. STORYTELLER’S TOOL BOX Whether you’re writing sci fi, paranormal, coming of age, romance, or memoir, all stories have key elements that make them engaging reads. In this two-part workshop, best-selling author Janis Thomas will take you step by step through these key elements, starting with that spark of an idea and helping you to hone that idea into a workable concept.

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October Meeting: Bestselling Author Karen Dionne

SCWA October Meeting When Karen Dionne wrote The Marsh King’s Daughter, a dark psychological suspense set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness, she never imagined the wild journey she was about to embark upon. Praised in The New York Times as “Subtle, brilliant and mature . . . as good as a thriller can be,” The Marsh King’s Daughter was translated into 25 languages and became a #1 international bestseller, took home several prestigious awards, was named to numerous best books of the year lists, and is in development as a major motion picture with Oscar-winning talent.

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SCWA Presents Writers Online

SCWA Presents Writers Online Check out our new YouTube channel for some of our best and brightest authors and guest speakers. Through this year of challenges SCWA has risen to new heights with a wide range of talented presenters who will inspire, educate and motivate writers and readers alike through our online programs. Our content includes the Hump Day Book Tours, Pub Shops with insights into book publishing and marketing, plus our monthly author spotlights and workshops.

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Call for Submissions

Send Us the Best of Your Best! Enter your prettiest pros, your finest quips, and your tallest tales because SCWA is putting together another anthology. This time we’re mixing literature with gastronomy and want your most excellent literary short stories and poems, etc., alongside your favorite recipes.   We know the frozen daiquiri was a great source of inspiration for Hemingway’s novel Islands in the Stream. What’s yours?  And what about Flannery O’Connor. With her love for ham and mayonnaise, what might she have come up with?  

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Hump Day Book Tour

Wednesday? You know what that means—time for the Southern California Writers Association’s brand spanking new HUMP DAY BOOK TOUR! What is the SCWA Hump Day Book Tour? I’m glad you asked. Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM PDT, SCWA turns our Facebook page over to a different author. Guests have 5-7 minutes to introduce themselves, their work, and share a quick writing tip or two. So take a break, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy—as SCWA’s Hump Day Book Tour proudly presents author Glen Erik Hamilton.

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Join Us for Our Virtual Happy Hour

Join us for our weekly SCWA Virtual Happy Hour Fridays at 4:30 pm PDT–Members and Nonmembers welcome!

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Pub Shop and Craft Chat provide SCWA members with more opportunities to network and learn about writing and publishing.

Join us the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM, for our SCWA monthly Zoom Meeting, where we enjoy networking, hear dynamic and accomplished speakers that inspire and support our development, and embolden us to face the times we live in, and write! Writers since history began, have been the chroniclers of the times, you are the chroniclers of these times - whether here in the present, or in a historical period, or in a galaxy far, far away, we as writers are the people who have carried the record of our triumphs and our failures, and we continue going forward. Join us and be a part of the noblest of professions, a writer.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you’ll join us! We have an active Facebook group that is open to anyone. Like Us on Facebook >

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