May SCWA Meeting

Come for the Program–Stay for the Surprises!


Joe Ide, bestselling author of the award winning IQ series, returns to SCWA live and in person! Joe talks about the challenges of writing a contemporary Phillip Marlowe, respecting the legacy of Raymond Chandler, and putting his own stamp on the iconic PI.

What: The Challenge of Writing a Contemporary Phillip Marlowe with Joe Ide
When: Saturday, May 21, 2022
Time: 10 am PDT
Where: Regency Theatre (adjacent to the San Juan Capistrano Train Station), 26762 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano. CA 92675
Cost: VIP Admission: Members $25.00
Nonmembers $35.00
Zoom: $15.00

Deadline: You must preregister by 9:00 am, Friday, May 20, 2022.

*Limited VIP theater seating available! Enjoy a light continental breakfast with coffee, hear Joe speak, and finish the morning by networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals over a light lunch!

Your safety and health are important to us. We welcome vaccinated members and guests. 

A successful screenplay writer, Joe eventually ran out of patience and enthusiasm, left the profession, and began writing novels. His IQ novels featuring, Isaiah Quintabe, have won the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, as well as the Macavity and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel. TV rights to his IQ books were snapped up in a seven-way bidding war by American film production company Alcon, and Rapper Snoop Dogg is currently producing the TV adaptation of the IQ detective series.

Tapped by the Raymond Chandler Estate to write a contemporary Phillip Marlowe, Joe’s latest novel The Good Bye Coast features a vividly re-imagined Marlowe in present-day Los Angeles.

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.

We appreciate your support so please visit, comment and subscribe so you’re the first to know when a new video is posted. There’s always more great content to come from SCWA, the Perennial Writers’ Conference!

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.

Who: Glen Erik Hamilton
When: July 22, 2020
Time: Livestreaming at 10 am PDT
Where: SCWA Facebook page

Glen Erik Hamilton’s debut novel PAST CRIMES won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Awards, and was also nominated for the Edgar®, Barry, and Nero Awards. His next three books earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and more.

Glen grew up aboard a sailboat in Seattle, Washington. He served as President of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America from 2018-2019 and is also a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. He lives near Los Angeles with his family and openly acknowledges his addiction to Columbo.

Glen Erik Hamilton writes crime thrillers. A DANGEROUS BREED—his 5th book in the Van Shaw series—releases July 14th.

Join us on Wednesday, July 22, at 10:00 am >>

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!

What you’ll need:

  • Your libation of choice!
  • A computer with mic, speaker, and webcam!
  • Your best party shirt!
  • A willingness to learn and make mistakes!
  • Ideas for making the most of our corona-cation!

Zoom virgins come early for tech check - we'll be in the room at 4:20 pm

Let’s have some fun together. The party begins at 4:30!

Please RSVP to receive your link and password.