Southern Region of the California Writers Club

In the early 1900s, the literati of San Francisco and the East Bay included Jack London, George Sterling, Joaquin Miller and Ina Coolbrith, the state’s first poet laureate. The group’s casual gatherings led to the beginnings of what soon became the California Writers Club. The CWC had a clear focus: the inspiration, nurturing and association of those who create literature and art on the Pacific Coast.

Founded in 1909, the CWC incorporated in 1913 and expanded through the years. Starting with the San Fernando Valley Branch in 1986 (that meets in Woodland Hills), the CWC’s southern region (CWC South) went on to add High Desert (1990; Apple Valley), Writers of Kern (1996; Bakersfield), East Sierra (1997; Ridgecrest), Inland Empire (1999; Ontario), Orange County (2001; Orange) and Long Beach (2007; Long Beach). Our newest branch just chartered in 2015 is Coastal Dunes, in Nipomo.

Branches have brought celebrated authors, screenwriters and other writing professionals to their communities for speaker programs. Additionally, they sponsor and attend workshops and conferences, many hold writing contests open to members and the public, and some have members who are available to speak without fee to nonprofits and other organizations in their respective areas.

California Writers Club is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to educating writers of all levels of expertise in the craft of writing and the marketing of their work.


Coastal Dunes Branch (est. 2015) meets first Saturdays at the Nipomo Library.

East Sierra (est. 1997) meets first Wednesdays at Ridgecrest Presbyterian, Ridgecrest.

High Desert (est. 1990) meets second Saturdays, Apple Valley Library, Apple Valley.

Inland Empire (est. 1999) meets fourth Saturdays at Ovitt Family Community Library, Ontario.

Orange County (est. 2001) meets second Saturdays at Orange Public Library & History
Center, Orange.

Long Beach (est. 2007) meets second Saturdays at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library, Long Beach.

San Fernando Valley (est. 1986) meets first Saturdays, except July and August, at the
Motion Picture and Television Fund residence, Woodland Hills.

Writers of Kern (est. 1996) meets third Saturdays at Clarion Hotel, Bakersfield.


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