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

ROMANCE: Writing Our Own Happy Endings!

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

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

What author doesn’t enjoy curling up by a fire to write about the heat of love, glamour, and romance?

0ur panel of top romance writers will pull back the covers and reveal how romance writing, the most traditional of genres, stays relevant in 2018.

For decades, romance fiction has led the market in sales and popularity – more than even mysteries, Westerns, or nonfiction tell-alls. The romance genre has changed, from “bodice rippers” to today’s sexy and steamy titles from authors like Christina Lauren, Kasie West, Jennifer Weiner, and Sophie Kinsella. Gen X and Millennial women have added their postmodern-ironic twist on the old genre and spun off “chick lit,” (not to mention TV top-raters like Girls).

Join us for a discussion of steamy issues and practical advice to authors on book topics like trends, controversies, book series, stand apart from the crowd, and more.

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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.

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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:



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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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