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
Getting Ready to Publish Your Book

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Pacific
IWOSC members – free
Non-members – $15
Register by noon the day before.

Getting ready to take your book out to the world? Wonderful! Got questions about how to go about getting published? Such as whether to publish yourself or try for a traditional publisher, and what the steps are for each? Our experts will talk about these questions and more, and provide a number of handouts to help you take concrete steps to get your unique voice heard.
Specifics include…

Read more and register…

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Some of Our Previous Events
Recordings are available for purchase.
• March 2021: Writing Successfully For Children In Today’s Complex Time
• February 2021: Write More
• January 2021: New Opportunities in Film & TV

LA Westside Satellite – Online
Sci-fi author Carole Stivers

Saturday, May 22, 2021 
12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Free for IWOSC members
Non-members: $10
Register by noon the day before.

Carole Stivers, author of The Mother Code, on the art of writing science fiction. More info and registration…

Green Room – Online

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

Once a month 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…

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!

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