There is an organization in Southern California whose mission is to "provide writers with several opportunities to get together with other writers each month."
If you write for a living, or aspire to do so, it may be of interest to you.
They have casual satellite get-togethers in various areas, a seminar most months, and a general meeting "that is typically a panel discussion about a writing-related topic."
They also have an e-mail discussion list, a members showcase, and a collection of links to great tools for writers, and more.
The organization also has a radio show that is "a tremendous opportunity for IWOSC members to promote themselves with 5 to 6 minute taped interviews on our new, one-hour weekly radio show in interview format, produced by Big Media Broadcasting Company (BMBC) in Studio City."
In March the Orange County Satelite was started up again, with a meeting at the Tustin Library.
John Janda, author of American Spirit and head of Academy Press CA publishing, hosts IWOSC's Orange County Satellite.
Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 730pm.
The next two are April 16th, and May 21st.
Some of the events listed on the Website require non-members to pay to attend.
Membership may be steep, even for renewals, for some people, but this page explains the benefits.