Have you ever wished you had the time, money, and opportunity to attend a writers conference, a book festival, a police academy, and all the forensics classes you can stand in one action packed weekend?
Well, I’m pleased to announce that the Mad Anthony Writers Conference in Hamilton, Ohio (just outside Cincinnati) has made that dream weekend a reality. On April 17-18, 2009 I’m joining forces with the Mad Anthony folks to host the very first Writers’ Police Academy as part of this wonderful conference and book festival.
All police procedure and forensics workshops will be taught by active and retired police officers, detectives, ATF special agents, and forensics experts (some pretty famous ones, too). These knowledgeable professionals are top in their fields and will be lecturing as well as conducting hands on demonstrations of real police tools and equipment.
See how the pros conduct felony stops and arrest dangerous criminals. Learn how to lift fingerprints and properly handcuff bad guys. See what it feels like to sit behind the wheel of a patrol car.
Activate the lights and siren yourself! There’s no better way to enhance your writing than to put yourself in the story. Smell the smells, see the sights, and hear the sounds.
Be prepared to get your hands dirty because audience participation is allowed in some of the workshops. There will be a couple of surprise events, too.
Some of the workshops we have planned are on weapons, K-9s, patrol cars, autopsy, serial killers, how to write fight scenes, detectives, crime scene investigation, undercover operations, forensic anthropology, fingerprinting, coroners, interview and interrogation, and writing search warrants. And there’s still more to come!
The event will close with the wildly popular Murder and Mayhem panel.
I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts. Does this sound like an event you’d like to attend? What sort of workshops would you like to see? There’s still time to add more classes to suit your writing needs.