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, for over 35 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 Writers’ Events

January 2019 Panel…
What Kind of Publishing is Right for Me?

Monday, January 28, 2019
7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

(networking follows the program)

Free for IWOSC members
Non-members: $15 

Following our hugely successful November webinar with top New York decision-maker editor Riva Hocherman (Henry Holt / Metropolitan Books) our writers’ group kicks off 2019.

This program is designed specifically to help writers determine which path is the best (and the most profitable) for them in today’s world of traditional publishing, self-publishing, small presses, and online and E-books.

Read more and register…

Our previous Panel…

Meet a Major Book Editor, and online webinar with Riva Hocherman
A recording is available for purchase.

Our January 2019 Seminar…
Writing Memoirs that People WANT to Read!

Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We’re sorry but this seminar won’t be happening on this date. 

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Writing Tips and Techniques to Bring Your Story to Life
IWOSC kicks off the New Year with a memoir-writing workshop led by our own Ina Hillebrandt.

Using her special provocative techniques in this hands-on writing seminar, you’ll be writing a short tale to immediately get the hang of this new style!

You’ll experience for yourself how fun and cathartic it can be to write stories from your own life.

Read more…

Our previous Seminar…

From Writing Chaos to Clarity: Goal Setting Using the D*E*B Method


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:


You just missed…

Party — Our Annual Winter Party

Sunday afternoon, December 9, 2018
About 50 Southern California writers, writers and their friends got together for an afternoon of creative souls. Everyone enjoyed delicious French country cooking and sparkling conversation at TAIX, a great restaurant in the Echo Park area.

Read all about it…