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


Everybody’s a Critic
How to Get Your Writing and Film Projects Noticed by Top Critics — and How to Become One Yourself!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
*Note different day for panel
7:00-9:00 p.m. Pacific
IWOSC members – free
Non-members – $15
Via Zoom

In today’s age of social media “influencers” and Twitter, it seems the old saying that “everybody’s a critic” is more apt than ever. But what artistic and intellectual qualities separate top critics of film, TV, books, and live theatre/music from the madding crowd?

Read more about it here…


IWOSC Green Room
Q&A on Book Promotion

Monday, May 18, 2022
7:00 p.m. Pacific
FREE and for IWOSC members only
Via Zoom

This month’s Green Room is a special Q&A event on Book Promotion with Kathleen Kaiser, President of the Writers & Publishers Network, leader of the IWOSC Ventura County Satellite and a member of IWOSC’s Leadership Board.

Learn more about this event here…

IWOSC Westside Satellite

Writing the Celebrity Biography
a webinar with Ray Richmond

Saturday, May 28, 2022
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
IWOSC members: FREE!
Non-members: $10
Via Zoom

Originally Ray Richmond was approached to write a Betty White biography to coincide with her 100th birthday, January 17th, 2022. Unfortunately, the world lost Betty on December 31, 2021 – just 24 days after Ray’s book about her was released.

Learn more about this event here…


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