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

Our Upcoming Writers’ Events


Grammar and Punctuation Review for Writers

Saturday, January 20, 2018.We await confirmation of this date so the date may change.
7:00 p.m.

IWOSC members: $10
Non-members: $15

Freelancers, writers, authors, do you agonize over composing articles, profiles, and blog posts? Have you forgotten the writing rules you learned in school – and do they still apply?

As a writer, you might be preparing your book manuscript for publication, or maybe you’re crafting a query letter to a literary agent or a magazine editor. How about updating your author website?

Whatever you’re writing, are you just plain confused? Then this grammar class is the class for you.

Writers will gain grammar confidence with a review of simple rules to correct dozens of common writing errors.

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Food and Travel Writing

Monday, January 29, 2018.We await confirmation of this date so the date may change.
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
(networking follows the program)
Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

Have you dreamed about traveling the globe, staying in top hotels, going on high-end cruises, or dining at the best restaurants? And do you want to learn how to get PAID for it as a travel writer?

After celebrating its 35th anniversary as one of LA’s longest-running professional writers’ organizations, IWOSC starts off 2018 with a star-studded panel on Travel and Food Writing.

We’ll be talking about issues like:

  • How to “break in” and establish your credibility and brand as a travel/food expert.
  • Ethics — how much of travel and food writing is a “paid vacation,” and how much is TOO much? Can one accept freebies, gifts, and so forth?
  • And much more

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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:


Annual Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Writers, scribes, and guests gathered for our special holiday evening — not just IWOSC’s annual holiday party but our 35th anniversary.

We were back at the Biltmore, one of LA’s most beautiful historic buildings.

Members, new-comers, and Directors networked, schmoozed, and enjoyed a lavish buffet dinner

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IWOSC Reads Its Own

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Twice a year we have a special FREE event — an entertaining afternoon of eclectic readings of their own writing by some of IWOSC’s talented member writers — and it’s open to everyone.
Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California
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