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

How to Write Query Letters & Proposals

Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Presented by Monica Faulkner

How do you get published?

Once the final sentences of your Great American novel have been penned or a non-fiction tale that no one else could scribe, it’s time to get your manuscript in front of an agent.

We will give practical advice and savvy tips on how to turn your work into an attractive product ripe for picking by the book-publishing establishment.

We will concentrate mostly on nonfiction books and will cover fiction lightly in this seminar since many of the requirements are the same.

Bring paper and pen, laptop or iPad.

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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 includes book agents and an agent representing screenplays for film or TV. Together, with guidance from Moderator Telly Davidson, they will give us much important information.

If you are a writer, come join us — and tell a friend!

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and then… 
Comedy Writing (and Wronging)

Monday, June 26, 2016
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Registration opens Tuesday, May 23.

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.

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