MurderCon Registration opens SUNDAY, 2-23-2020!

The day to signup to attend MurderCon is now only three short days away!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the wildly popular event, MurderCon is the ultimate hands-on training event where attendees—writers, readers, fans, law enforcement, journalists, TV and film writers, etc.—receive the same instruction that’s offered to, and attended by, top homicide detectives and investigators from around the world.

It’s a unique juncture of fiction and fact that takes place at the headquarters and training facility of the global leader in crime-scene investigation technology, Sirchie. Together, Sirchie and the Writers’ Police Academy, assembled an elite cadre of top experts to present exciting and extremely detailed workshops and classes, all relating to the crime of murder and how the savvy detectives solve those cases. I cannot begin to stress the significance of attending classes at the Sirchie compound. This is a HUGE opportunity for you!!

MurderCon classes are far above the typical sessions offered at any other event. It’s the real deal, folks. MurderCon is where your stories are transformed from good, to “readers will not want to put down your book until they’ve devoured the final word.”

It’s one thing to read about police investigations and how cases are solved, but reading alone cannot deliver true physical and emotional sensations—sights, sounds, touch, smell, taste, etc. Attending MurderCon places attendees in situations and scenarios that real-life law enforcement investigators face each and every day.

The 2020 MurderCon is an advanced learning adventure. We’re offering to you, the level of instruction that many police officers only dream of attending. Those who do are often lead or upper level detectives.

Now, available to YOU, is a schedule of classes that are typically “for law enforcement eyes only.” Classes are all brand new for this exclusive 2020 event.

Please, I urge every writer to take advantage of 2020 MurderCon. This is your opportunity to take your writing to another level. You owe it to yourself and to your readers and fans.

So why not join the thousands of writers who’ve attended and benefited from the experience? The list is long and it includes authors such as Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Karin Slaughter, Christopher Reich, Lisa Regan, Heather Graham, Lee Goldberg, Charlaine Harris, Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh, Denise Grover Swank, Mary Burton, Deborah LeBlanc, and Marcia Clark, to name only a few. Attendees range from top bestsellers to the writer who’s just begun to plot and plan their very first tale.

2020 MurderCon Guest of Honor

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. He has also published seven novels for young readers.

David is also the cofounder, along with his wife, Michelle, of the Wish You Well Foundation®, which is dedicated to supporting adult and family literacy programs in the United States.

David is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

He lives in Virginia.

Featuring Special Guests

Dr. Judy Melinek is forensic pathologist in Oakland, California. She’s also the CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. Dr. Melinek and her husband T.J. Mitchell are the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling books Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

Ray Krone, the 100th death row exoneree, delivers an emotional and captivating account of his arrest, trial, conviction, and life on death row, all for a murder he didn’t commit. After more than 10 years in Arizona prisons, including nearly three years on death row, the combination of another man’s DNA found at the crime scene, a discredited expert witness, prosecutorial misconduct, and faulty bitemark evidence were the keys that led to Ray’s exoneration.

2020 Classes

(click the titles below to read session description, and instructor details)

“Sedimental” Journey

Art Of Blood

Extraordinary Departures

Fido Finds A Femur

From The Inside Out

Gazing Into The Cloud

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Homocide Or Homicide: You Decide

How Trauma Affects Memory


Sex Crimes Investigations

Smoking Guns And Lasers

They Saw You Do It

Under The Trench Coat

Who’s MARK

A Murder to Solve!

Join us at MurderCon 2020 for a Crime-Inspired Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt and Clue Game.

From the time WPA attendees enter the host hotel (maybe even before arriving) authors must pay attention, listen carefully, and observe thoroughly, clues to solve a whodunit.

Book signing, anthology release, auction, raffle, short story contests, and MORE!

Please the MurderCon website for all details.

See how your story could be included in a traditionally published anthology along with those written by Reed Farrel Coleman, Heather Graham, Lisa Regan, Denise Grover Swank, Deborah Leblanc, Phoef Sutton, and many more. And, to sweeten the pot, the foreword is written by Lisa Gardner!


Registration at 12 Noon EST, Sunday, February 23, 2020

Be Ready to Register at Noon EST this Sunday, February 23, 2020.
Space is limited and spots typically go quickly. Believe me, you do NOT want to miss this exclusive event of a lifetime.
3 replies
  1. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    No question is a dumb question. My responses may be less than intelligent, though.

    To address your concerns. By the way, most typical questions are answered on the FAQs page of the MurderCon/Writers’ Police Academy website, or on the schedule page. For your convenience, though, I’ve posted some here.

    Q – It’s a three-day conference with 15 classes and 3 special guests (who will also presumably make presentations. So how many classes will be presented each day and how in the world do we pick and choose which ones to do?

    A – For this one, if you don’t mind, please visit the website. Then, once you’re at the home page, hover your cursor above the “Schedule” tab near the top of the page, just to the right of center. You’ll then see boxes for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Click a day to view the options available.

    Let me know if you have trouble. Feel free to email me at lofland32@msn.com.

    Q – At least one of the classes appears to be outside. How much walking/climbing is involved? (I’m disabled.)

    A – From the FAQs page:

    What if I can’t keep up with everyone?
    The WPA is not physically demanding. Yes, the event is a hands-on event, but it’s designed so that WPA recruits can do as much or as little as they want. The experience is wonderful no matter what you do or don’t do!

    There is no running, exercising, lifting, pushing, pulling, etc. There is, however, some walking involved. Yes, you will be expected to walk from workshop to workshop.
    The entire event is wheelchair friendly. Service dogs are welcome, too.
    Please, no animals other than service dogs. No exceptions.

    Q – Will we be allowed to record sessions, or will you later sell recordings of all sessions to attendees?

    A – Also from the FAQs page:

    Can I take photos?
    Please ask before taking any pictures. Everyone is aware that cameras will be on hand so there shouldn’t be any problems. But the WPA is held at a place of business and there will be employees and non-participants while you’re there.

    Please, NO video recordings of any kind.

    Q – Will there be handouts and/or can we take notes?

    Sure, take as many notes as you like. I don’t advise carrying a laptop to Sirchie’s facility because it would be a burden lugging it around all day. The hotel is a different story. Each of those classrooms are very close to one another.

    A – Handouts are at the discretion of the instructors. To be safe, I’d come prepared to take notes. Again, though, no audio or video recordings. That’s a very firm rule.


  2. mlktrout
    mlktrout says:

    I wrote something before but it didn’t post, I don’t know why–apologies in advance if it shows up later. I think this looks like a wonderful conference, and I’ve never been to one like this before, so I have a couple of questions:

    –how many classes will be held each day, and will we have to choose between them or will there be time for each one?
    –will there be recordings of classes available for attendees?
    –with regard to the outdoor classes, how much walking is entailed (I’m disabled)?

  3. mlktrout
    mlktrout says:

    Wow, this looks good, and I haven’t been to one of these conferences before. I have a couple of questions (apologies in advance if any are dumb):

    –It’s a three-day conference with 15 classes and 3 special guests (who will also presumably make presentations. So how many classes will be presented each day and how in the world do we pick and choose which ones to do?
    –At least one of the classes appears to be outside. How much walking/climbing is involved? (I’m disabled.)
    –Will we be allowed to record sessions, or will you later sell recordings of all sessions to attendees?
    –Will there be handouts and/or can we take notes?

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