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

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Phone Seminar
Kindle Direct Publishing – Print on Demand

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

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

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.
He’ll also cover…

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(Registration is now closed.)

May seminar info coming soon

April Panel

Monday, April 24, 2017
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
If you have an issue that pertains to you specifically (need help editing, social media issues, internet issues, want suggestions for a cover illustrator, etc.) this is the place to discuss it.

Some of our Board members will be in attendance, plus many of your fellow writers.

We are confident that we can address your personal concerns.

Read more and register to attend….

May Panel – rescheduled
Our Annual Literary Agents Panel

Monday, May 22, 2017
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.

For writers, the decision about getting an agent is critical. The publishing marketplace changes constantly. The right literary agent can be an author’s advocate, fighting for the writer en route to traditional publishing. Agents are also a writer’s partner and guide, pointing authors and screenwriters to editors, publicists, and the right publishing house or producer.

Our panel of Southern California agents — including an agent representing screenplays for film or TV — will tell us…

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Registration will open/reopen next week.

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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