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

Phone Seminar
Kindle Direct Publishing – Print on Demand

Presented by Daniel Slater, Principal, Independent Publishing, Kindle Global Content

Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. or longer

In April we present a special event: a phone-in seminar in conjunction with PALA ( the Publishers Association of Los Angeles) — on a THURSDAY EVENING rather than a Saturday morning. We save you a trip to Culver City, enable you to learn with us from the comfort of your own home — all at a special lower price.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is rolling out a new program that offers self-publishers and indie authors the opportunity to publish print on demand paperbacks through Kindle, along with publishing their eBooks.

Yes, CreateSpace (Amazon’s current print on demand publishing arm) offers these features to writers and editors, but soon KDP will provide them as well.

You’ll gain an overview of what making your POD paperback available from KDP entails, including publishing specifics, economics. etc.
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How to Get Your Projects Noticed by Top Critics (and how to become one yourself!)

Monday, March 27, 2017
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.

Following hot on the heels of one of the most talked-about Oscar ceremonies in modern history, IWOSC presents its famous “Everybody’s a Critic” panel, featuring the behind-the-scenes answers to the one question that has perplexed authors and filmmakers for decades: What Do Critics Want?

How does a book writer, artist, performer/musician, or filmmaker get noticed by professional critics and bloggers – especially if they’re small press, self-published, or an “indie” filmmaker or performer?

What sets professional TV, film, arts, and book criticism apart in today’s world? What is the ROLE of the professional critic in today’s society?

Questions like these will be dealt with…

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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:


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’ll be there, of course!

Booth #131.

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