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, now celebrating our 35th anniversary year as 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

Our Next Writers’ Panel…
Marketing Your Writing in an Age of B.A.S.I.L.I.S.K.S.*

Monday, September 24, 2018
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.

(networking follows the program)

Free for IWOSC members
Non-members: $15

*Blogging, Amazon, Smartphones, Internet, Libraries, International Issues, Self-Publishing, Kindle and Social Media

Do any of these questions give you pause:

  • Do I have to have a blog? What should I blog about?
  • How do I get Amazon to promote my book?
  • Since most people now use smartphones more than computers, what does ‘mobile’ mean for my website or my book?
  • How do I use the Internet to promote and sell my book?
  • How can I get my book into libraries if I’m self-published?
  • How do I get my book into International markets without it being stolen?
  • Is it better to self-publish? How does this help or hurt selling my book?
  • I like printed books; when does publishing to Kindle (or ePub, Nook, Kobo, PDF, etc.) make sense?
  • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, oh my! Do I HAVE to do social media? Which ones?

If any of these questions stop you dead in your tracks, you need to join us for September’s Marketing Panel.

Read more and register …

Our previous Panel…

Writers’ Essential Reads, Resources & Recommendations:
the IWOSC Summer Share

A recording is available for purchase.

Our September Seminar…
Ready to Write in 2019

Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

IWOSC members: $10 (special price)
Non-members: $20 (special price)

Summer’s over and the pumpkin spice lattes are coming out in full force. You know what that means? 2019 IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!

How’d you do meeting your 2018 writing goals?
Do you want to be better prepared for 2019?
Whether you’re a “Planner” and outline and plan out every bit of your book, or you’re a “Pantser” flying by the seat of your pants, we’ve got tips and tricks that will help you set and reach realistic writing goals for next year.

Some of what we’ll be discussing:

  • How to set realistic daily writing quotas
  • How to balance writing and marketing tasks
  • How to prepare for and protect your precious writing time
  • What to plan and what to ‘pants’
  • And some sneak peaks about what’s coming to IWOSC in the coming months

Read more …


Our previous Seminar…

Grammar for Grownup Writers – Flo Selfman’s Quick ‘n Dirty Grammar and Punctuation Review for Writers

A recording is available for purchase.


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…

Sagebrush Cantina, home to our writer party 2018

IWOSC’s annual summer party

This year we got together at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas for a nice afternoon of mingling and a great word game.

Prior to lunch many of us met for an optional docent-lead tour of Leonis Adobe/Plummer House next door.

Saturday, August 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. — Optional docent-lead tour of Leonis Adobe/Plummer House
11:00 a.m. — Party in Sagebrush

Read all about it…