The Writers’ Police Academy’s Special Guest Speaker Is…

Kathy Reichs



Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan novels include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, and Bones Are Forever, in addition to Virals and Seizure, two young adult fiction novels following the adventures of Temperance Brennan’s niece. Dr. Reichs is also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Reichs is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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We are extremely excited about our 2013 lineup of superstar speakers and experts, including keynote speaker Lisa Gardner, and special guests Dr. Kathy Reichs, and Dr. Dan Krane. Each year we shoot for the moon, hoping to bring you the best talent available, and doggone it, we deliver.

We’re also excited about the top-of-the-line team of expert instructors we have on board for the 2013 Writers’ Police Academy. We have lots of new workshops and hands-on sessions in store for you this year. And, as always, the action is nonstop…and FUN!

Registration is scheduled to open in February (updates to the WPA website are in progress). Please keep in mind that space for the WPA is extremely limited, so register early!

*The winner of the “Name The Speaker” contest is Elizabeth Bryant, for being the first person to correctly guess Kathy Reichs. Congratulations, Elizabeth. Your prize, a free driving simulator session, will be waiting for you at the WPA!

7 replies
  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    I LOVE Kathy Reichs!!!!!!! I am SO stoked! It’s cool to win the prize, but I’m even more excited that she’ll be at the WPA. I can’t believe the quality of speakers and instructors you get for us each year, Lee. You bloweth my mind.

  2. Terri Reed
    Terri Reed says:

    Wow, Lisa Gardner and Kathy Reichs! I’ll be keeping watch for registration. I soooo want to make it this year.

  3. Lynette Eason
    Lynette Eason says:

    AHHHHHHHH!!!!! I’m definitely coming now!!! I LOVE HER STUFF! Okay, taking a deep breath and trying to contain my excitement. This is going to be a rocking good conference. Thanks so much for putting all of this together.


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