Independent Writers of Southern California
IWOSC Welcomes you

If you’re a writer in the Los Angeles area or Southern California, at any level of your writing career, writing for yourself, for magazines or ezines, working a screenplay or editing copy, or working on a book — writing in any genre, we welcome you.

IWOSC provides writers of the greater LA or Southern California area with many opportunities to get together: seminars, panel and more! Our About page has more about the educational and informational events we offer for writers



Save the Date for our Annual Summer Party — a nice meal out with friends and a historic twist.
Saturday, August 12 — between noon and 5:00, exact time to be announced.

The historic Pig N Whistle on Hollywood Blvd.

Details are coming.

Registration will be open by Monday.


Our Typical Monthly Events

Seminar — just happened
The IWOSC Marketing Intensive 2017 Edition

Prepare, Plan & Produce The Perfect Book Marketing Campaign

Saturday, July 15, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

An all-day multi-presenter intensive seminar dedicated to the topic of marketing your writing.

Last year, IWOSC offered an intensive, all-day seminar on the foundations of marketing your writing. Organizing yourself for success. Putting together a realistic marketing plan. Creating a platform that engages your audience and sells books.

This year, we want to dig deeper and focus on some actual book marketing CASE STUDIES. Why has book marketing radically changed in just the past year? What book marketing opportunities exist in 2017? How are writers actually doing publicity campaigns today? What are people doing with Amazon, email, social media and their own websites to get greater exposure and sell even more books?

Read more…

Summer Reads — Who’s hot, why, and how can we all sizzle on the bookshelves next summer?

Monday, July 24, 2017 — Sorry, we will not be holding this event due to unforeseen circumstances.

As the season heats up, do readers’ tastes run toward light romance, cozy mysteries, or do more prefer curling up on the beach with serious literature?

Join us for an interactive event to discuss things such as what makes for a hit summer read.

Bring a book you’ve published or info about one you are writing. We will have a book publicist and reviewer as our special guests to tell us what makes books sizzle in the summer, and how we can make our own book projects shine year round. A chance to learn valuable information from our special guests – and get on each other’s summer reading lists.

Also coming up…
IWOSC Reads Its Own

Sunday, August 6, 2017
2 to 4 p.m.
Free to all
Writers Read their writing!
Twice a year we have a special event — an afternoon of eclectic readings by some of IWOSC’s talented member writers. This entertaining afternoon is free and open to all.
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101
Learn more….

Satellites— Informal sessions for writers

IWOSC’s monthly drop-in satellite sessions are free and open to all writers — both members and non-members.

From Orange County to Pasadena to the San Fernando Valley, IWOSC has writers covered. Bring your writing, your ideas, problems, questions, and complaints. Receive support, laughs, juicy controversy, and plenty of networking. If there isn’t a satellite in your area, we welcome having you create one.

Our local area satellite groups for writers are:


Just Happened… Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

This major event for everyone — whether writers or readers — happens once a year, each spring at the USC Campus near downtown.

We were there, of course, at our usual booth, #131.

Read about it…