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

We had a Party!

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

Our upcoming events for writers

Online Panel
New Opportunities in Film & TV

Wednesday January 27, 2021 
7:00 – 9:00  p.m. Pacific Time
Free for IWOSC members
Non-members: $15 

For years, new writers of novels, biographies & memoirs, and nonfiction advice books have had to do a cost/benefit analysis — should we self-publish or partner with a small or specialty press to get our work out there — or should we try for an agent and a shot at the majors?

Now, with the rise of digital and streaming platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Vimeo, and the continued expansion of indie film and film festivals, aspiring filmmakers and TV content creators are faced with similar issues and opportunities such as…

Read more and register…

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Some of Our Previous Events
October: How to Write Funny 2020
September: Annual Agents Panel.

These recordings are available for purchase.

LA Westside Satellite Online
Writing the Young Adult Novel

Saturday, February 13, 2021
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Free for IWOSC members
Non-members: $10

Young Adult Fiction sales were up 18.6% in September 2020 over 2019.

At our February Westside Satellite, host Robin Quinn will interview Craig Leener, author of the Zeke Archer Basketball Trilogy. They’ll discuss the ins and outs of this popular genre and the lessons all authors can learn from his experiences.

Topics will include:

  • How Craig navigated the transition from sportswriter to novelist
  • Integrating “lessons to learn” into YA fiction without sounding preachy
  • How is YA fiction different than adult fiction?
  • More

Questions from participants can be asked on our registration form and via chat will during the meeting.

Read more and register on the Satellite’s page.

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: