The 8th Annual Writers’ Police Academy: THE Event of the Year!


The all new Writers’ Police Academy website is now live!

We invite you to take a moment to visit and to browse the various pages, including the list of workshops (many more on the way). There’s also a gallery of photos to provide you with a small glimpse of the action. Hey, you just might see someone you know!

We’ve truly outdone ourselves this year, with a lineup that includes tours of a maximum security prison, one of the oldest prisons in Wisconsin, lots of live-action scenarios that take you directly into the heat of the moment, live-fire firearms training with rifles and handguns, heart-pounding shoot/don’t shoot training, an intensive ballistics workshop (live fire), high speed pursuits where you’re the driver (actual police vehicles) who makes contact with the fleeing suspect’s car, causing it to lose traction (just like the chases you see on TV!), emergency driving on a closed course, complete with lights and sirens, helicopters, tribal police, homicide investigations (you’re the detective and you solve the crime!), drones, a special insider session on the Steven Avery case (Making a Murderer), and much, much more!

This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at a renowned international law enforcement training academy. Top instructors and experts! It is THE event of the year. An experience of a lifetime!

The Writers’ Police Academy is not the typical writers conference. We don’t offer classes on writing, agent and editor panels, etc., so there’s no pressure to pitch your work or to impress the people you’re hoping will buy or represent your latest book. Instead, we focus solely on action-packed hands-on workshops and sessions about police, fire, EMS, and forensics.

The WPA is designed specifically to your needs as a writer of crime, police procedurals, romance, suspense and, well, anything that involves lights, sirens, cops, firefighters, dead bodies, crime scenes, and the tears, fears, joy, and other emotions experienced by the dedicated first responders in your fictional worlds, and so much more.

We’ve gone one step further to enhance your WPA experience…our event hotel, the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay.

The Radisson features nicely appointed rooms and suites, a beautiful indoor pool, sauna, and spa, several in-house restaurants and bars, and the fabulous and exciting Oneida Casino is located within the hotel.

So please do plan to stay an extra day or so to take advantage of this unique opportunity—slots, table games, poker, roulette, craps, great food, and live entertainment!

After all, at the end of a long day of playing cops and robbers, shooting guns, driving police cars, and kicking in doors to search for armed bad guys, it’s nice to relax and enjoy quality time with your friends in a resort-like atmosphere.

Sure, the WPA is real academy training, but we do like to pamper our attendees. You deserve it! So grab a drink and sit by the fire to unwind with your friends and fellow WPA recruits. Then head down the hall to the casino.

*Space for the 2016 Writers’ Police Academy is limited. So please register early. These slots will go quickly.

*By the way, thanks so much for your patience and understanding during the remodel of the WPA website. I wholeheartedly apologize for the odd emails you may have received during the process. There’s a box that should have been checked, a simple step, that would’ve prevented the sending of those messages. Well, guess who didn’t know about “the box.” Therefore, as each new page was completed or updated, the site decided you needed to know we’d finished another section. Again, I apologize and I thank you for not yelling at me too loudly. Although, I did hear quite a bit of cursing as I was trying to figure out how to make it stop (yes, I received the same messages).