It’s almost here! That’s right, registration for the 2017 Writers’ Police Academy is scheduled to open at NOON EST on February 19, 2017. That’s TOMORROW!!!
You can expect BIG things this year. Over the moon excitement, thrills, and action. Lots of BOOMS, BANGS, sirens, and flashing lights. New workshops include a ton of … well, surprises, as you’ll soon see!
2017 is our 9th annual event and, as always, we’ve outdone ourselves with another stellar lineup, starting with Craig Johnson, Mr. Longmire himself, as Guest of Honor!
The WPA is open to all!
The vast majority of WPA workshops are hands-on. However, we do feature a few lecture-based sessions that take place in nice, modern classroom settings, such as our lecture hall pictured above ~ WPA 2016.
Described as “an exciting vacation experience for writers,” this conference often sells out within hours of opening its online registration. Mark your calendar (you might also want to subscribe to the WPA newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements or changes), and be ready to register.
Registration for the 9th annual WPA opens on Sunday, Feb. 19, at noon EST! and is on the WPA’s site: www.writerspoliceacademy.com. Your registration is not complete until you make a payment via PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account to pay registration fees as a major credit cards are also just fine).
Before You Register
The 2017 Writers’ Police Academy schedule is online (we’re adding more and more workshops each day!). Visit www.writerspoliceacademy.com to read about all of the classes offered. All classes are open to everyone. You can decide which to attend after you arrive.
However, High Intensity Training (HIT Training) workshops require advance sign-ups on the online registration form, and these spots are filled by lottery. We have almost 700 spots in HIT training sessions!
HIT IS HIGH-INTENSITY, LIVE-ACTION TRAINING DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION. HIT IS ACTUAL POLICE TRAINING AT ITS FINEST!
Mark the dates of the WPA on your calendar and let everyone who might make other plans for you (family members, employers, etc.) know you have a commitment to attend the WPA on these dates. This will minimize the possibility of later conflicts.
Gather all the information you’ll need to register, including your credit card. Decide in advance your preference for name badges, etc.
FIRST-DAY ONLY! You’re Automatically Entered To Win a Free WPA Registration!
Everyone who registers on Feb. 19—the first day registration opens—will automatically be put in a drawing for a Free Registration donated by the WPA. Zero cost to enter. (The winner can elect to have her/his WPA registration fee refunded or give the WPA registration to a friend.)
FIRST-DAY ONLY! Enter Author Kendra Elliot’s $1000 WPA Bonanza Drawing!
Kendra Elliot is donating a fantastic WPA package that includes free WPA registration, banquet ticket, T-shirt, additional swag, and $500 cash the winner can use for travel or accommodations. This opportunity is available only to those who register on Feb. 19, 2017. Fee to enter is $20. Proceeds will be used to help fund a student scholarship at NWTC, our host college/academy.
The HIT Parade
When you register, all HIT Training options will be shown in a numbered list. To indicate your preferences, list the numbers of the six HIT options you most want to attend. The list should be in priority order with the numbers separated by commas (e.g. 5,3,6,12,7,4).
HIT Training options that require BACKGROUND CHECKS are shown on the registration form. Please do not indicate you wish to take part in one of these workshops if you are unwilling to submit the necessary information required for a “soft” background check that verifies you are approved to handle/possess firearms. The background checks are handled by the same firm our host academy uses to conduct background checks for its police academy recruits. This information will not be stored, and WPA staff does not see the results of the background checks, only approvals.
If you have questions prior to registration, feel free to email WPA directly at [email protected].
Visit the Writers’ Police Academy website to read about all about the classes offered. The schedule is fantastic. All classes are open to everyone.
Some of the workshops you can expect to attend are (this is only a very few):
- Antique Firearms
- Arson Investigations
- Asian and Native Gangs
- Building Searches/Room Clearing
- Evidence Collection
- Bug Mania – using insects as murder weapons.
- Emergency Driving
- Shoot/Don’t Shoot (Live-action)
- Handgun and Rifle fire – Hands-on/live fire.
- Mental Health and Law Enforcement
- Mounted Patrol (yes, there will be horses!).
- Tribal Police
- Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT) Hands on driving.
- Secrets of the Secret Service
- SWAT: Explosive Entry – Hands-on!
- Talking to Serial Killers
- Traffic Stops/Drunk Driving – Yes, drinking is involved, but not by you 🙂
And much, much more!!
Please, please, please be ready to register Sunday February 19th at noon EST. Spots are limited and the free giveaways are available only on the first day of registration. Please do keep in mind that sometimes there’s NOT a second day.
You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind, thrilling event! After all, we offer you workshops such as …
Also, please remember to reserve your hotel rooms. They are currently accepting phone reservations and, believe it or not, our block is already starting to fill.
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay
2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313
*The hotel is conveniently situated near Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, and features several restaurants, AND, the famous Oneida Casino!
So … see you on Sunday! Watch my Facebook page for updates as they occur!
Sisters in Crime, a major sponsor of the Writers’ Police Academy, offers a generous $150 discount to their members attending the WPA for the first time. Not a member? No problem. Simply join SinC today to receive your discount.
*You must be a SinC member at the time of WPA registration to receive the discount. Click here to join SinC today!
Registration fees alone do not cover the expense of this massive event, so we rely on you to help out by supporting this extremely beneficial aspect of the program. We keep the registration costs to a bare minimum, hoping that doing so encourages and helps more writers to attend.
The WPA is actively seeking sponsors and items for the raffle and silent auction. It is because of your generosity that we’re able to do what we do!
Please contact me at [email protected] if you’d like to join our family of sponsors. We need you, and a sponsorship is a great means to advertise you and your work to a worldwide audience!
We are also seeking volunteers to help out at the event. Raffle and silent auction experience not necessary, but big smiles and the ability to sell tickets like your life depends on it are, well, a big plus.
To learn more about sponsorships and how you can join our family of sponsors, please visit the Become a sponsor page of the WPA website, here.
Thanks so much, and we’ll see you Sunday at noon. Don’t forget!!
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