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

THREE Upcoming Writers’ Events in Los Angeles & Online

July 2019 Panel…
Kidlit – Writing & Publishing Literature for Kids

Monday, July 29, 2019
7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

(networking follows the program)

Free for IWOSC members • Non-members: $15 

Have you been considering writing for young audiences — whether picture books, chapter books, middle grade, or Young Adult (YA)?

Public radio veteran Kitty Felde will moderate and join a panel of professionals who will talk about this important niche in the publishing world and answer your questions.

Topics include…

Read more and register …

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Wondering about our previous Panel?

We covered What Writers & Publishers Should Know About Audiobooks. This Panel has passed but you can purchase a recording of it if you’d like.

July Seminar, a Webinar
Screenwriting & TV Writing with Pilar Alessandra: 90-minute Q&A

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

IWOSC members: $15 • Non-members: $35

Are you a screenwriter or thinking about writing a movie or TV script?

Our popular seminar leader, Pilar Alessandra, of well known for getting writers On the Page, and author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter, answers your questions about the craft.

Anything goes in this video-conference Q&A — questions about brainstorming, outlining, character work, dialogue and page-writing.

Read more…

Member-only Event: Brainstorming…

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7:00 p.m

Want feedback on potential titles for your next book?
Need help with finding a distributor?
Have an opinion about a potential cover design?
Not sure if you should spend money exhibiting at a trade show?
YOUR questions can be answered at our new IWOSC/PALA Brainstorming meeting.

Details and registration…


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:


A recent-ish past event…

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…