Writers Police Academy draws national crowd

Friday August 4, 2017
Crime writers from around the United States come to Green Bay this month to shoot rifles, treat injuries and meet nationally known writers. 

Writers’ Police Academy is full of opportunities to eat, drink and rub elbows with law enforcement officers, forensic experts, EMTs, federal agents and more. The WPA has changed a lot of writing, erased law enforcement myths, and offered fresh ideas for plots, characters, and action scenes. What you see, hear and feel can help you craft mysteries, thrillers, or suspense novels that are credible and engaging.

Author speakers include Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire mysteries), Lisa Klink (Star Trek series), Paul Bishop (Detective Fey Croaker series). Breakouts will feature hands-on instruction from a host of public safety experts from ATF, Secret Service, local police and EMTs and more. Feel what it's like to put on a tourniquet, drive a police car at high speeds, shoot assault weapons and more.

Participants will spend part of their training time at the new Universal Driving Facility, which is used to help public safety professionals learn how to navigate traffic hazards and adverse conditions quickly and safely.

This year’s WPA is set for August 10-13 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s internationally accredited police academy in Green Bay. Sponsor Sisters in Crime is offering a $150 discount to SinC members attending the WPA for the first time.

To see a complete listing of courses, many featuring hands-on immersion, visit the website:

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