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2016 WPA: You deserve to be pampered


As most of you know, I’ve been in Green Bay, Wi. for the past couple of days nailing down the final details for the 2016 Writers’ Police Academy. It was a whirlwind trip that’s ending with a snowstorm, but WOW have we ever designed a program for you that’s second to none, starting with a hotel that will knock your socks off!

The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center not only features top of the line sleeping rooms, it also showcases several in-house restaurants (a group of us sampled the banquet food tonight and it was absolutely delicious), very nice and well-stocked bars, private fireside sitting areas, and one extremely flashy and eye-catching conference perks that you’ll only find at the Writers’ Police Academy—the Oneida Casino. The casino also feature several wonderful restaurants and bars.

After I left the casino I took a walking tour of the hotel and I discovered an extremely unique feature that I’d never seen in all my many travels across the country. You know how in many hotels you find a newspaper outside your door in the mornings? Well, this place took that freebie to an all new level…appliances.


Yes, guests opened their doors this morning to find, not the U.S. Today, but a brand new mini-fridge. I was, however, a bit disappointed to learn that these goodies were there in preparation of replacing the current in-room refrigerators, but what a great concept, right!

Still, the hotel is loaded with all the bells and whistles, even if they’re not giving away free refrigerators. And, they’re the official hotel of the Green Bay Packers.

So, not only do we provide a great hotel, a place where you eat delicious food, mingle with your fellow writers in bars, restaurants, a casino (how cool is that!), and get plenty of rest in super nice sleeping rooms, we also search long and hard to bring you the best instructors money can bribe buy. In fact, we’ve lined up some really top talent this year.


Yes, to keep up with the insatiable learning appetites of writers we’ve moved to larger academy this year, and we, your dedicated staff, are bursting-at-the-seams-ready to introduce you to the place and to the real instructors.

Our new academy (above image is from inside the academy) allows us to offer a larger array of exciting hands-on workshops, such as…well, for now let me ask you this…have you watched the Netflix series Making a Murderer? Hmm… I better stop there before I give away too many details, but keep in mind we are in Wisconsin and the Avery case took place in Wisconsin (that’s a clue, by the way).

Anyway, some of you have asked what exactly goes into planning the wildly popular Writers’ Police Academy, so I took a photo during one of our intense meetings just this afternoon. It was rough, and much blood was spilled, but we survived.