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 has been helping writers since 1982! We’re one of LA’s longest-running professional writers’ organizations, providing writers of the greater LA or Southern California area with many opportunities: seminars, panels, brainstorming, discussions, parties, and more! Our About page has more about the educational and informational events we offer for writers

Our upcoming events for writers

Online Panel (Webinar)
What Does Hollywood Want?
Advice for Writers on Breaking into Tinseltown

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Pacific
IWOSC members – free
Non-members – $15

Few industries have been on the front edge of change more than Hollywood — and not only because of the changes forced on production and development by the Coronavirus.

In some ways, there are now more opportunities than ever for would-be screenwriters and “content creators,” with YouTube, digital channels and distribution, web series, and micro-budget “DIY” indie films shot for under six figures.  But there are also more pitfalls and traps than ever, for both young people starting out and mature writers transitioning in their careers.
Read more and register…
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Recordings of our past Panels are available for purchase.

IWOSC Green Room – Online

Monday, November 15, 2021
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific
IWOSC Member-Only Benefit

Once a month (typically the 2nd Monday) members may meet online to discuss issues that pertain to writing–perhaps your latest book, a question about your writing, a gesture toward collaboration with another writer or publisher, a great book that you are reading, another event that people might enjoy, or whatever. Members are invited via email.
Read more here…

Seminar – Online
To be announced

Lots going on behind the scenes, including a new IWOSC website soon to be revealed!

Quick share

Did the opening lines of a book ever really grab you? We'd love to know those first sentences.

Type the word: book

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:


We had a Party! — online

IWOSC Party online Dec 21, 2020Ain’t no virus stopped us from some holiday festivities with our fellow writers. We got together online, talked, shared some successes, and even enjoyed a magic performance by writer and professional magician David Groves.

Thankyou to Cheryl Crooks, one of our actual founding members, who was able to attend from across the country this year.

Monday, December 21, 2020
6:30 p.m.

Free – for all