Four days of exciting hands-on training. Real police equipment and vehicles. Over 30 certified instructors and top law enforcement and forensics experts.
The 2022 Writers' Police Academy offers a unique opportunity for attendees to participate in many of the same hands-on training classes - basic and advanced - taught to Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and Corrections personnel. These incredibly exciting cutting-edge sessions are typically reserved only for professionals. Until now.
Attendees of the 2022 Writers' Police Academy earn continuing education credit and a certificate from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
2022 WPA Guest of Honor
Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Postand #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite police series set in Seattle, which has sold more than 8 million books worldwide. He is also the author of The Charles Jenkins espionage series, the David Sloane legal thriller series, and several stand-alone novels including The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and the literary novels, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell - Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni’s narration won an AudioFile Earphones Award and the critically acclaimed, The World Played Chess; as well as the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Several of his novels have been optioned for movies and television series. Dugoni is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He has also been a finalist for many other awards including the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.
Robert Dugoni’s books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Special Guest Speakers
Dr. Katherine Ramsland
Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is the Assistant Provost. She has appeared on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E documentary based on the years she spent talking with Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer. As an expert, Dr. Ramsland has consulted for the TV shows CSI, Bones, and The Alienist.
Known to his colleagues as “the sleuth with the proof,” Steven Spingola is an investigator for Cold Justice, a popular Oxygen Channel true crime program. As a former Milwaukee police detective, Steven was heavily involved in the high-profile case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He's a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a death investigation expert, a police-related shooting reconstruction specialist, a formally trained criminal investigative analyst (profiling), and an author.
Learn From the Experts
For writers of all genres - hands-on experience in police procedure, homicide investigation, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, tactical entries, arrest and booking, traffic stops, and more. Classes taught by renowned experts.
Professional Grade Classes
From the firing range to SWAT entries, conducting traffic stops, and handcuffing bad guys, to studies of actual homicide cases, attendees receive hands-on training, and instruction, usually reserved only for professionals.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Writers' Police Academy
Together, they bring over 400 years of local, state, and federal law enforcement experience, from policing Native American lands to major cities, and all between.
4 THRILLING Days of Instruction
Classes and workshops taught by top instructors. Imagine experiencing the same level of instruction as leading law enforcement officers and agents, and other first-responder professionals.
Hands-On Training Academy for Writers
Take your writing to the highest levels with hands-on, real world experience. Registration fee of only $515 covers Thursday indoor "Touch a Vehicle" and equipment display, lunches at the academy in Green Bay, breakfasts at the hotel - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning, all hands-on training sessions and classes, special Thursday and Friday evening presentations, breakout sessions, meet and mingle with live entertainment, and an in-person panel discussion/Q&A with instructors and Guest of Honor Robert Dugoni.
Why Should You Attend the Writers' Police Academy?
Wildly fun, incredibly informative, the Writers Police Academy is one of my all-time favorite conferences. Though I did die multiple times in the SWAT drills. Can't wait to attend again!
#1 New York Times bestselling and global award-winning thriller novelist
The WPA is fascinating, informative, and absolutely stimulating to writers. Top-of-the-line instructors with genuine expertise in their fields not only take you through presentations full of interesting stuff, they willingly answer your questions. It's great.
International bestselling author of the "Aurora Teagarden" mysteries, "Lily Bard" mysteries, and the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels, the basis for the television series “True Blood
The Writer's Police Academy is perfection. It is as close as a writer can get to being in the skin of a police officer. They cover everything from forensics, to traffic stops, to clearing a room with your gun drawn. The instructors are all people with years of experience in the streets. You feel what it is really like to examine a crime scene or to deal with an active shooter. It will open your eyes to what a tough job law enforcement really is and save you from making cliched mistakes in your fiction. Highly recommended.
Co-author of bestselling novels with Janet Evanovich, and Emmy, Peabody, and Television Academy Award winner for his work as executive producer and writer of the hit television series CHEERS and BOSTON LEGAL
The Writers’ Police Academy provides a treasure trove of information for the modern crime writer. The instructors are not only experts in their fields, but they’re also savvy readers and, in my cases, writers themselves. They’re able to strip down the technical information to what a writer really needs to advance story, character, and setting. It’s also a ton of fun. Highly recommended!