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

September date to be announced
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific
IWOSC members – free
Non-members – $15

Our September Panel will be here in August.

Recordings of our past Panels are available for purchase.

IWOSC Greenroom – Online

 Monday, August 9, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Free for IWOSC members

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…

LA Westside Satellite – Online

Saturday, September 25, 2021 
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Free for IWOSC members
Non-members: $10
Register by noon the day before.

The group is giving our host Robin Quinn a break for the summer. She’ll return in September with another helpful author session.

Read more on this Satellite’s page.


Seminar – Online

September date to be announced 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35
Register by noon the day before

Look for our September Seminar for writers to be noted here during August.

IWOSC Reads Its Own- Online

Sunday, August 22, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Online using Zoom

This is a special opportunity for members to showcase their work — for now from the comfort of their own home. (We plan to return to Los Angeles area bookstores later this year.) Each member selected gets 7 minutes to read from his/her published writing or a work-in-progress. All genres are welcome. The public is our audience. Everyone is welcome.

If you’re a member and haven’t read before, we’d love to hear from you! Of course, all members are welcome to come read again, too. Right now, we’re in the process of selecting August readers, so if you’re a member, let us know now. Look for the email you received from us. It’s a popular event!

Member or not, we hope you’ll put this date on your calendar and join us for some good listening.

Read more…

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