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, now celebrating our 35th anniversary year as one of LA’s longest-running professional writers’ organizations, 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

March Panel
Writers and Social Media: What You Could (and Should) Be Doing Now

Monday, March 26, 2018
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
(networking followed the program)

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

You’re a Writer. You’ve got words to write. It’s hard enough to get the words down, put a book together and get it published. Who’s got time to be a media star or marketer?

We hear you. We struggle “doing social media” too. Still, there are some pretty amazing success stories out there.

So you’re not ready to be a YouTube Star, but you do have a Facebook account, your cell phone can record videos, and you’re willing to give it a try. Great! What should you do first? How much time and money should you budget for Social Media? What really works so you’re not wasting that precious time and money?

That’s where we come in. Come hear from our panel of writers who know and are using Social Media as they discuss the practical things people just like you can do to use Social Media effectively.

  • How are WRITERS using Social Media to sell books?
  • What’s working in 2018 (and what looked promising in 2017 but isn’t working as well today)?
  • What’s your Amazon Author Page got to do with Social Media?
  • And much more

Read more and register …

Our Previous Panel: ROMANCE: Writing Our Own Happy Endings!

March Phone Seminar
Free Promotional Ideas for Writers: easy, creative, productive ideas from Joan Stewart, the Publicity Hound

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.

IWOSC members: $5
Non-members: $15

Book Hooks: Fun, Timely, Creative Angles for Promoting, Publicizing and Selling More Books with Joan Stewart “The Publicity Hound”

Joan Stewart, the Publicity Hound's logo

When it comes to generating publicity for your book, don’t expect a press release do all the heavy lifting. You must have a strong “hook” or angle to get the media’s attention and use the press release as background information. Publicity expert Joan Stewart will share more than a dozen hooks that smart authors can use to promote their fiction and nonfiction books.

You will learn:

  • How to “newsjack.”
  • Creative ideas for fiction
  • Powerful hooks for nonfiction
  • The easiest place to start your publicity campaign.
  • More.

Read more …

We’ll have information about our April Seminar as soon as possible.


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:



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Special Event
IWOSC Reads Its Own

Our writers who read their own writing to our live audience, February 2018.

Our writers who read their own writing to our live audience.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Everyone was invited to join us at our twice-a-year FREE special event — an entertaining afternoon of eclectic readings. Some of IWOSC’s talented member writers entertain us with dramatic readings of their own writing. Guests and readers alike enjoyed the words, the people, and a great bookstore.

At Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California

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