I recently attended the Writers' Police Academy, held in Jamestown, North Carolina, and came home with a notebook full of information I can use in my stories. The conference is the brainchild of Lee Lofland, a former cop turned writer. He brings law enforcement experts from around the country together each year and hosts four-days of workshops, drive-alongs, hands-on demonstrations and simulated activities for writers.
|Debby Giusti (L) with fellow writer Connie Gillam (R)|
taking part in an ambulance drive-along. The sirens were screaming
and lights flashing as we raced around the campus!
|A mock crash site demonstration.|
|The Sheriff's Department Dive Team put on an|
Underwater Evidence Retrieval Demonstration.
This year, registration booked up in twelve hours, which proves how many authors want to take part. For anyone writing in the suspense or mystery genres, the Writers' Police Academy--or WPA--is a dream come true. The faculty was eager to answer our questions and even add tips they thought would improve our stories. Not only did we get the facts, but we also learned about the person behind the badge. Hearing them banter back and forth, tell jokes and war tales, provided lots of fodder for our own stories.
|Lucky me to get my picture with Michael Conneally, the|
guest speaker at the WPA banquet SAT night. According
to Lee, Michael gets it right about cops in his novels.
Check out information about the WPA on their website. Lee also has a great blog, The Graveyard Shift, and he's always open to comments and questions.
I'm hoping to attend next year. Maybe I'll see you there!
Happy writing! Happy reading!
Wishing you abundant blessings,
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Homefront Holiday Hero by Jodie Bailey
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