About Us

The Southern California Writers Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping writers from all genres, ages, and levels hone their skills and advance their careers. Members network and share vital information at meetings on the third Saturday of every month. Our members are a supportive community of active writers, published authors, screenwriters, and publishing professionals committed to helping lovers of books, writing, and publishing achieve their goals and dreams.

SCWA presents expert speakers every month in lively, informative lectures and workshops during morning and afternoon sessions on a variety of topics. A buffet lunch is included. The meetings are always open to nonmembers, so make plans to attend next month. For more information, please visit the Meetings page.

Our annual dues provide funds for our events, speakers, scholarships, and publication of books, including our anthology of short stories, It's All in the Story. For more about membership, please visit the Membership/Renewals page.

Members create in many genres and have published in a number of fields including:

  • General Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Nonfiction
  • Journalism
  • Online
  • Web content
  • Advertising and PR
  • Plays
  • Screenwriting
  • Poetry

Board of Directors

President.................................................................................. Larry Porricelli
Vice President......................................................................... Steven G. Jackson
Vice President of Finances and Communication..................... Don Westenhaver
Vice President of Programming............................................... Madeline Margarita
Director of Social Media ......................................................... Diana Pardee
Newsletter Editor..................................................................... Pam Sheppard
Newsletter Speaker Reporter ................................................. Glenda Rynn