We hope to see you at a meeting soon.

Benefits of Membership


There are many benefits to membership beyond the education, motivation, and friendship with local writers. Established in 1909, few writing clubs can match the historical pedigree of the California Writers Club.


Benefits include:

  • Free Admission to In-Person Meetings (currently Zoom meetings)
  • Read at our popular Open Mic Readings which occur 1-2 times per year
  • Eligible to submit to the LITERARY REVIEW, a juried collection of poems, stories, fiction, and nonfiction
  • Receive a print edition of the California Writers Club Annual LITERARY REVIEW
  • Publish online in the SoCal Writers Showcase – exclusive to members of the eight Southern California CWC chapters
  • Affiliation on LinkedIn
  • Monthly newsletter filled with club information, writing contests, and other local resources for writers
  • Network regularly and share information with other writers in Orange County, learn about local critique groups and writing contests
  • Access to Zoom presentations on video
  • Inclusion in the member's bookstore (if you have a book for sale)
  • Education, motivation, and inspiration

Membership Information


The Orange County Branch, California Writers Club is one of 22 branches in the state organization. OC Branch is open to professional and aspiring writers and non-writing literary experts.


At our monthly meetings, members have the opportunity to meet authors, agents, editors and publishers and to acquire current techniques and information for the crafting and marketing of their work. The Club offers professional networking, mentoring and a variety of educational programs to its members. We facilitate the exchange of ideas among authors and provide inspiration through the camaraderie of fellow writers.


During the pandemic we are meeting on ZOOM.

For further information about our programs and activities, please contact our Membership Chair listed below.


Here are the membership rates:

New Membership: $45 plus a one-time $20 processing fee (Valid July 1 thru June 30)

Partial-Year New Membership: $22.50 plus a one-time $20 processing fee (Available after January 1st; Valid from signup until June 30)

Annual Renewal: $45 per year. Renewals are payable July 1st of each year.

Student Membership: $15 (Valid July 1 thru June 30) (conditions apply; renews at same rate)

Dual Club Membership: $25 (must be a full member at another CWC branch; conditions apply; renews at same rate)


Professional writers who have been successfully published are called Active Members. Prospective active members must submit verification of published work to the membership chair for evaluation. Our branch charter requires that our membership must exceed an Active membership of 50%.

Our chapter is open to aspiring writers working to hone their craft. The are called Associate Members. Publication is not a requirement for membership, however, acceptance depends on the current ratio of Active to Associate members. Associate members may include students, agents, booksellers, publishers, producers, directors, book illustrators, and other non-writing literary professionals. We are currently accepting Associate Members.


Both Active and Associate members belong to CWC at the branch and state levels.



To Apply for Membership


CLICK HERE to download a membership application form. To join, please email a completed application and writing samples (if applicable) to info@calwritersorangecounty.org. Put "membership app" in the subject line. You will be contacted with acceptance and instructions for sending your check. This procedure is in place until we resume in person meetings.

Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Colleen Janssen at info@calwritersorangecounty.org and put "membership" in the subject line.