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.


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.

We will cover genre, theme, message, structure, character arc, beats, and other tools that will raise your story to the next level. If you are planning to do NaNoWriMo, Storyteller’s Tool Box will give you a leg up, to ensure that you don’t waste a single moment or a single word during your novel-writing journey.

Who: Janis Thomas
When: Monday October 19 and Wed Oct 21, 2020
Time: 10:30 am -12:00 pm PDT
Members: 2 sessions $40.00
Nonmembers: 2 sessions $50.00

** The first 10 SCWA Members who sign up for Janis Thomas’ STORYTELLER’s TOOL BOX will receive 15 minutes of story coaching FREE.

RSVP below


Janis Thomas is the author of What Remains True (Lake Union, 2017) and All That's Left of Me (June 2018). She has written three critically acclaimed humorous women's fiction novels, Something NewSweet Nothings, and Say Never, which was chosen by Chick Lit Central as one of the best books of the year. Murder in A-Minor is the first in her musical murder mystery series. Janis has written over fifty songs and two children's books, which she wrote with her dad. When she isn't writing or fulfilling her PTA duties, Janis likes to play tennis, sing with her sister, and throw lavish dinner parties with wild menus for friends and loved ones. Janis lives in Southern California with her husband, their two beautiful children and two crazy dogs.

Craft Chat R.S.V.P.:

Pub Shop is a regular event that provides opportunities to discuss publishing topics, issues, and concerns. 

September 2020

Internationally renowned Kindlepreneur Dave Chesson shares secrets for creating life and sales in the Kindlesphere!

Dave Chesson is the creator of, a website devoted to teaching advanced book Marketing, which even Amazon KDP acknowledges as one of the best by telling users to “Gain insight from Kindlepreneur on how you can optimize marketing for your books.” Having worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Ted Dekker and more, his tactics help both fiction and nonfiction authors of all levels get their books discovered by the right readers.

Who: Dave Chesson
What: Books on Fire! Internationally renowned Kindlepreneur Dave Chesson shares secrets for creating life and sales in the Kindlesphere!
When: Thursday, September 10, 2020,
Time: 2-3:30 pm PDT
Where: Zoom
Cost: SCWA Members - $5.00
Nonmembers - $10.00


Pub Shop R.S.V.P.:

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.

And yet The Marsh King's Daughter was Karen’s 4th published novel. What made this book different than the other three? How can writers use the lessons she learned to get their work noticed? In this presentation, Karen will identify the six key elements that she believes made all the difference.

When: October 17, 2020
Time: 10:00 am PST
Where: Zoom, register below
Cost: Members $5.00
Nonmembers $10.00


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!

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?


With the diversity of backgrounds of our talented members, we're looking forward to a flavorful collection, with a generous amount of your writing dexterity. Because what self-respecting writers' organization would build a cookbook without stories included?

Each entry is to feature a creative story—literary, poetic, historical, poignant, humorous—the field is open. With the limited space of one page, the story should be 250 words or less. The recipe will follow on the subsequent page.

The book will be professionally published by SCWA and promoted with all the marketing tools at our disposal. The proceeds will come back to the SCWA pocketbook to further help fund our events, speakers, scholarships, and publication of books, including this one.

The deadline has been extended to October 31, 2020. Please put SCWA Entry in the subject line.

We encourage all our members to submit up to two entries to Nancy Klann at

For interested nonmembers, a submission fee of $50.00 will include a 17 month membership in SCWA through December 31, 2021.

P.S. Title suggestions are welcome.

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.