Independent Writers of Southern California
IWOSC Welcomes you

If you’re a writer in the greater 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, for over 36 years — 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 events for writers

How to Join the Podcast Revolution

Monday, February 24, 2020
7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

(networking follows the program)
Free for IWOSC members
Non-members: $15 

According to, 2019 was the year that Podcasting really took off. January 2020 statistics show that there are over 820,000 podcasts and over 28 million episodes. 50% of American homes are podcast fans.

Is a Podcast right for you as a writer?

This month, we will present a panel of podcasters who have taken this new path to content delivery. They’ll share their experiences, tips, missteps and the secrets to creating a killer podcast series.

Topics we plan to address include…

Read more and register… 

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Our Previous Panel

Our January Panel was The Business (and Taxes) of Writing. This Panel has passed but you may purchase a recording of it if you’d like.

February Workshop
Set Yourself Up for Writing Success: Goal-Setting Using The D*E*B METHOD®

Saturday, February 1, 2020 
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Is 2020 the year you are going to finish your novel or screenplay, get an agent, or step up your marketing?

D*E*B stands for Determine Your Mission, Explore Your Options, Brainstorm Your Path.

In this workshop, you will formulate a mission statement and motto, set short- and long-term goals – personal, professional, and/or writing goals; prioritize; and create a plan to set yourself up for success. This workshop is interactive, so there will be opportunities to meet your writing peers, as well as find solutions and support.

Join goal coach and project catalyst Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide, for our first IWOSC Writers Workshop of 2020.

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Wondering about our Previous Seminar?

In December we had our party.
In January we held a Members-only Brainstorming Session.

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… our winter party


Winter Party at Taix French Restaurant

Wednesday, December 11
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (or later if you’d like)

Our attending members and guests enjoyed getting together in our private room at Taix in Echo Park. Old World charm of this 90-year-old in a family-owned restaurant. Meeting fellow writers and talking about whatever interested them and their fellow scribes.

Beef Bourguignon, Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine, or Vegetarian: Pasta Monegasque…
For pricing and more info, please use the link immediately below.

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