Green Bay, Wisconsin
Four days of exciting hands-on instruction at a renowned law enforcement training academy. Real police equipment and vehicles. Certified instructors, instructor trainers, and top law enforcement and forensics experts.
The 2023 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. The 2023 event features a special homicide investigations tract. These incredibly exciting cutting-edge sessions are typically reserved for investigators, 1st responders, and forensics professionals ... until now.
Writers' Police Academy attendees earn continuing education credit and a certificate from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
2023 Guest of Honor
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 psychological thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, five Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller”; she’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her newest is HER PERFECT LIFE, a chilling psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge. It received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, calling it “a superlative thriller.” B.A. Paris says, “Shocking, suspenseful... kept me guessing until the end.” and Julie Clark says, “You will read this in one sitting!” It is now nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. Her next is THE HOUSE GUEST, coming February 2023.
Hank is a founder of MWA University, host of CRIME TIME on A Mighty Blaze, and co-host of First Chapter Fun and The Back Room. She is a past president of National Sisters in Crime.
Hank’s first novel, the bestselling PRIME TIME (which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel in 2007) is actually not her first encounter with publishing. That was in 1969, when she got a summer job as a proofreader, and read the entire Indiana Code of Laws out loud.
Hank began her TV career in 1975, anchoring and reporting the news for TV stations in Indianapolis and then Atlanta. She’s battled her way through hurricanes, floods and blizzards, wired herself with hidden cameras, chased down criminals and confronted corrupt politicians. With ground-breaking reports including revealing mistakes in the 911 system that sent emergency responders to the wrong addresses, a failing jury selection system, firefighters given outmoded and failing equipment, corruption in the mortgage industry and unfair practices by powerful contractors, her hard-hitting journalism has changed laws and changed lives. She has also covered national political conventions, the NBA playoffs and the Super Bowl, and has interviewed newsmakers from Prince Charles to President Carter to Muhammad Ali.
Hank grew up in the Indianapolis area and went to Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, where she majored in Shakespeare (and, she says, “minored” in “independent reading and listening to rock and roll records”). She also studied abroad at the International School in Hamburg, Germany.
Outside Channel 7, Hank has also been on the advisory board of the Lyric Stage of Boston, a professional theater company. There, Hank founded the Lyric's "First Curtain" program, which provides the full theater experience for underprivileged students with free tickets and theater education scholarships.
Hank lives in the Boston area with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney.
Visit Hank at HankPhillippiRyan.com, Twitter @HankPRyan, Instagram @hankpryan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.
Special Guest Presenters
The Spingola Files: An Evening with Steven Spingola
A captivating session presented by author Steven Spingola, a nationally renowned death investigator who was heavily involved in the high-profile case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Known to his colleagues as “the sleuth with the proof,” Spingola is an investigator and on-air personality for Cold Justice, a popular Oxygen Channel true crime program.
Mike De Sisti
The Story in Photos of the Darrell Brooks Trial and Waukesha Parade Attack
When Darrell Brooks drove his red Ford Escape SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Nov. 21, 2021, killing 6 people and injuring dozens of others, it shook the city of 70,000 and the entire state of Wisconsin. Less than a year after the attack, Brooks would be charged and prosecuted in a Waukesha County Court. The four-week long trial was replete with disruptions and delays from Brooks, who decided just days before the proceedings began that he would defend himself.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Mike De Sisti spent a majority of the time as the sole pool photographer in the court. He’ll show you in images what that process was like. De Sisti also responded to the scene of the parade attack the night of Nov. 21 and covered the aftermath the days following.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland
The Candy Man’s Handyman…and Killer
Some youthful offenders have been lured onto criminal teams and carefully groomed to participate in murder. Their experience of killing is different from that of a primary predator, as is their post-murder response. For over a year, I've worked with Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr., one of the two accomplices to "Candy Man" Dean Corll, who killed at least 27 boys during the 1970s in Houston, Texas. Henley reveals the mechanism of manipulation and describes where it went wrong as he resisted, then killed his murder mentor. Henley does not excuse his crimes, but he does wonder how he could ever have been involved. Through him, we learn how predators like Corll bait their potential partners and control their behavior.
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 $545 covers Thursday indoor "Touch a Vehicle and Ask the Experts," equipment display and demos, 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, and an in-person panel discussion/Q&A with instructors and Guest of Honor Hank Phillippi Ryan.
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!