Just Another Lazy Day At The Writers’ Police Academy

2014 WPA: a place to rest


Sure, our classrooms sometimes get a bit warm…

…so we open the sunroof, allowing the gentle southern breezes to flow freely.

Always accommodating, our staff opens the window of your choosing.

Our uniform dress code makes it easy to spot staff members.

The pursuit of knowledge is the quest of all WPA attendees.

Our staff takes pride in their clear and concise instructions…

…that are quite easy to understand, and follow.

Some, however, require a bit of one-on-one tutoring…

…but they eventually get the point.

Some WPA instructors utilize a “show and tell” method of instruction.

While others encourage meditation.

Sometimes, a “swift kick” approach works best.

Most instructors, however, prefer a more hands-on method.

Workshop spaces are large and airy.

Quiet times are available for those who wish to stretch out and relax.

Outer wear is provided for those chilly North Carolina mornings.

Special accommodations are provided upon request.

Our lost and found department is second to none.

Instructors always welcome applause for a job well-done.

Recess is always a fun time.

Games, such as the ever popular, “Find The Gun On The Pool Bottom,” can stimulate the mind.

Now, don’t you wish you’d joined us last weekend?

*Photos by Julie Goyette and Patti Phillips

9 replies
  1. Tina
    Tina says:

    Writers Police Academy is hands-down (or perhaps hands-on) the smartest move a mystery writer can make research-wise. But for me the greatest takeaway is always my enhanced respect and admiration and gratitude for the hard work our law enforcement officers, EMTs, firefighters, crime scene techs and scientists — and those who teach them — do for the public. Thanks to all of you, very much.

  2. Coco
    Coco says:

    Anyone seeing those desciptive photos will not want to miss next year’s police academy. I cannot think of a better way to learn than through the five senses. see, hear, feel, touch, taste.
    A wonderful job, Lee!

  3. Stacy Allen
    Stacy Allen says:

    Brilliantly written. Thanks to all who provided these awesome photos. Such a gigantic team effort, and we all really, truly enjoyed one another’s company and felt like we were “part of something important and amazing”, to quote myself! Thank you for your year-long, never faltering efforts to make WPA the powerhouse retreat that it is. I prefer to think of WPA as a writers retreat, because we are totally immersed in all that WPA has to offer. It was a fantastic time!! Can’t wait until next year!

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