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

Sept 2019 Panel
Legal Issues for Publishers & Writers

Monday, September 23, 2019
7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

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

Are you up to date on the profound changes that are taking place in the publishing industry and what they mean for your publishing business or the books you write?

We are thrilled that one of the most respected experts in publishing law, Jonathan Kirsch, will cover these legal issues of vital importance to publishers as well as take your questions.
Read more and register…

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Wondering about our Previous Panel?

Our July Panel was Kidlit – Writing & Publishing Literature for Kids.
This Panel has passed but you may purchase a recording of it if you’d like.

October Seminar
Everything You Need to Self-Publish

Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Our October seminar is our annual special Intensive.

IWOSC/PALA’s 2019 Self-Publishing Intensive has the answers you need to start now and successfully publish your book. Our experts, Carla King of Self-Publishing Boot Camp and Sharon Goldinger of PeopleSpeak Consulting and the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, have over 45 years of traditional AND self-publishing experience and will cover EVERY aspect of self-publishing that you need to know.

Pricing and a full description is on the PALA website.
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Wondering about our Previous Seminar?

Our July Seminar was an online webinar: Screenwriting & TV Writing with Pilar Alessandra: 90-minute Q&A

We don’t typically make our Seminars available for purchase but this Webinar audio recording may be purchased.

Additionally in July we had a Members-only Brainstorming Session.

You just missed our Summer Party

Socializing and conversation were the call of the day on Sunday, August 25, 2019 as we enjoyed the ocean view at Whiskey Red’s in Marina del Rey. Good food, lots of chuckles, some nice door prizes, and direct contact with your fellow writers and publishers.

Learn more …

View from our writer's summer party

Our view as we writers mingled

IWOSC President Gary Young & our First Lady Kathy at our summer party

Pres Gary Young & First Lady Kathy

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: