• California Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in California, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in California, these are some organizations you might want to check out:



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    California Writers Club

    1,600 members and 19 branches throughout the state, “all joined together for the common goal of educating ourselves and the community on the craft of writing and the realities of getting our work published.”

    Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

    Every summer for over 40 years, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets, prose writers and screenwriters for weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing.

    San Francisco Writers Conference

    An annual four-day conference boasting over 50 panel discussions, parties, pitch sessions, readings and much more.

    UCLA Extension Writers’ Program

    The largest and most comprehensive continuing education writing program worldwide, it offers more than 450 annual open-enrollment courses onsite and online in novel writing, short fiction, personal essay, memoir, poetry, playwriting and more.

    The Writing Salon

    A school of creative writing for adults (beginners to advanced) in San Francisco. Offers small classes held in comfortable, cozy settings. Classes include fiction, poetry, personal essays, memoirs, screenwriting and more.

    Southern California Writers Association

    An organization of diverse writers working with articles, essays, web content, children’s writing, short stories, novels of all genres, plays, screenwriting and poetry. Meetings in Orange County.

    Independent Writers of Southern California

    Provides writers of the greater Los Angeles area with several opportunities to meet with other writers each month, through casual get-togethers in various areas. Offers seminars, meetings, panel discussions and more.

    Sacramento Poetry Center

    While maintaining close ties with the area’s universities and colleges, the SPC affords associated artists the opportunity to explore poetry unrestricted, empowering literary artists to improve their work and performance. Offers workshops, contests and more.

    Inland Empire California Writers Club

    For the purpose of providing a forum for educating both members and the public in the craft of writing and in marketing their works. Meets the fourth Saturday of every month at the Ovitt Family Community Library in Ontario, California.

    San Diego Writers, Ink

    A nonprofit offering classes, groups, workshops, readings and other literary events at The Ink Spot and other locations throughout San Diego County.

    Southern California Writers’ Conference

    This conference is held annually in both Los Angeles and San Diego. Its philosophy: “A writer is a writer before, as well as after, publication.”

    “Exactly!” They Said

    Put on by Z Space in San Francisco, this short story contest culminates in a five-day festival during which finalists will get the chance to see staged readings of their entries.


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