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

May Panel
Annual Agents Panel for Writers

Monday, May 21, 2018
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.

(networking follows the program)

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

We’ll cover practical pointers for writers, from what each agent is (and isn’t) looking for, to general tips on how writers can get an agent’s attention. Cover/query letters. What an agent can do for authors. How writers can find the right representation and steps to take to create a strong author-agent relationship. We’ll also look at ebooks, transitioning from self-publishing to traditional publishing, book-to-film deals, and apps.

Read more and register…

Our previous Panel…

Trends In Publishing 2018:
What Do Publishers Want from Writers, and What Kind of Publisher is “Write” for You
Read more…
A recording of this panel is available for purchase.


In May, please stop by and see us at the…

7th Annual
805 Writers’ Conference

May 19, 2018
May 20, 2018

Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

We are proud to be a sponsor of this conference.

For info please visit

Our March Seminar was…

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

Read more …

A recording of this panel is available for purchase.


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: