Monday, October 6, 2014

Writers' Police Academy 2014

An unprecedented number of YA and MG authors attended this year's Writers' Police Academy at Guilford Technical Community College in High Point, NC!

What is the Writers' Police Academy, you ask?

WPA is an annual conference featuring hands-on workshops about law enforcement, forensic science, corrections, criminal investigation, and emergency first responders. The classes are designed for writers who want to get the details right!

Here are some photos from our 2014 WPA adventure.

KC Held (left) rushes to the scene of a crash site in an emergency driving simulation.

Megan Miranda assumes the role of firefighter with the help of veteran firefighter, Tim Fitts, during the 3rd Alarm Blaze class. Megan was conducting hands-on research for her new YA thriller, CONSUMED (Crown, 2016).

You never know what will turn up in the woods at the Writers' Police Academy.
A nighttime demonstration of various forms of Crime Scene Lighting revealed this poor guy.

The one and only Michael Connelly was our special guest speaker this year! 
Our merry band of YA groupies converged on him during his signing.
From left: Megan Miranda, SR Johannes, Michael Connelly, Kim Derting, KC Held, and Veronica Rossi.

I had the privilege of meeting retired undercover ATF agent Billy Queen, who shared his harrowing story during a special class on deep cover operations.

A live EMS demonstration featured two types of vehicle extractions, as well as EMS and police response to a mass casualty situation.

WPA starts off with a bang, featuring a live demonstration of explosive breaching methods by Captain Randy Shepherd of the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.
(Photo credit: Jamie Lee Scott)

Relaxing after a hard day at WPA.
From left: Lissa Price, Megan Miranda, Veronica Rossi, SR Johannes, and Kimberly Derting.

The YA crew enjoyed meeting FBI trained forensic artist and author, Robin Burcell. 
She taught a great class on Forensic Art and Witness Recall.
Here we are at the final banquet: Dinner with Michael Connelly.
From left: Alan Gratz, Kimberly Derting, Robin Burcell, Lissa Price, Mary Behre, and Elle Cosimano.

WPA never disappoints when it comes to guest speakers!
Lisa Gardner returned to WPA this year to tell us how she turns research into great fiction. Other 2014 guest speakers included authors John Gilstrap, Alafair Burke, and Robin Burcell.

Just in case you thought it was all fun and games, we spent many hours in the classroom too!
Class photo: ABCs of Death Investigations instructed by nurse ME, Jacque Perkins.

Lissa Price shows no mercy during a Self-Defense for Women class instructed by Master Corporal Dee Jackson of the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

Want to learn more about the Writers' Police Academy?
Find out more here.

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