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

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Terms of Use and Content Information Disclaimer

The SCWA encourages open, respectful communication between individuals pertaining to the craft and business of writing through a variety of social and traditional media, such as Facebook, the SCWA website, and the SCWA Meetup site. The SCWA does not endorse individual opinions placed on any of its sites, and will remove them. Any individual using inappropriate language, discussing inappropriate topics, or commenting in a disrespectful way may be removed from access to SCWA communication methods at the sole discretion of the SCWA Board. This includes information posted directly to, or linked with, the SCWA website.

Links within the SCWA website should themselves be to secure (https) sites. Sites that the SCWA Board deems to be a security threat will be removed. Authors wishing to add info to the website should use the Contact US page as opposed to sending emails to board members.

The SCWA receives information on various services, writing contests, and events. As a courtesy, we will forward the information to our members. Unless otherwise indicated, the SCWA does not discourage, encourage or recommend any of the services, contests or events. Many of these services, contests and events cost money; therefore, we recommend that you evaluate the opportunities based on your individual situation and interest. Because of our membership email protection policy, please do not forward information to the general membership directly. We request that all members forward any information to the SCWA President for approval and forwarding to the membership.

SCWA members wishing to share appropriate writing-related information and resources are welcome to do so via the SCWA Facebook page and the Contact Us page on the website. The SCWA Board and Newsletter Editor determines the information to be contained in the SCWA Newsletter.

Privacy Policy

We will not share or sell your name, address, or any other personal information you provide us to any outside company or agency.

This site contains content, services, advertising, and other materials that link to Web sites operated by third parties. We have no control over those other sites, and this Privacy Policy does not apply to them. We encourage you to refer to the privacy policies, if any, of those sites.