Writers' Police Academy
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August 6-7, 2021

2021 MurderCon Planning is underway!

The Writers' Police Academy and Virtual MurderCon are rare opportunities for writers to participate in either actual in-person police law enforcement academy, or virtual, live and interactive, "for law enforcement eyes only” training. These incredibly detailed, cutting-edge events have never before been available to writers, anywhere. Until now.

2021 MurderCon Guest of Honor

Andrew Grant was born in Birmingham, England in May 1968. He went to school in St Albans and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company which showcased a range of original material to local, regional and national audiences. Following a critically successful but financially challenging appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Andrew moved into the telecommunications industry as a ‘temporary’ solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles – including a number which were covered by the UK Official Secrets Act – Andrew escaped from corporate life, and established himself as a critically-acclaimed author. He published nine novels under his own name, and in 2020 began a collaboration – writing as Andrew Child – with his brother Lee, to continue the internationally-bestselling Jack Reacher series. He is married to novelist Tasha Alexander, and lives on a wildlife preserve in Wyoming, USA.

Why Should You Attend the Writers' Police Academy and MurderCon?

"When writers graduate from MurderCon, they’ll have the knowledge to describe what really happens—and doesn’t happen—in a homicide investigation." ~ Dyer Bennett, Vice President of Sirchie’s Product Development and Training
"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!" ~ Lisa Gardner, #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." ~ ​​Charlaine Harris, 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." ~ Phoef Sutton, 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.
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