The Heroes that help make it all happen. You can too.

To Our Treasured Sponsors

The Writers Police Academy, and the writing community, wish to extend a deep and heartfelt “Thank You” to each of our generous supporters. Without you, dear friends, this celebrated event would not be possible.


WPA Hero

Sirchie is the Global Leader in Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science Solutions; providing quality Products, Vehicles, and Training to the global law enforcement and forensic science communities.

We manufacture high-quality criminal investigation, tactical, surveillance, and other police-related solutions including customized special purpose vehicles.  We deliver industry-leading training for public safety, medical, and education communities featuring hands-on learning techniques.

All levels of government, law enforcement, corrections, medical systems, educational institutions, security firms, corporations, and more use Sirchie solutions to help Command Every Scene®.

Lisa Regan

Silver Star

Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series, which has sold over a million copies, as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  

She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers’ Association, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip. 

Denise Grover Swank

Denise Grover Swank

Medal of Valor

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area with her six kids and four dogs. She's published in mystery, romance, and paranormal. (She's a Gemini. Enough said.)

She's a hybrid author, but got her start with indie publishing. She's sold over three million books and is published in eight languages.

kendra elliott

Kendra Elliott


Kendra Elliot has sold over 7 million books, hit the Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller list eleven times, and is a three time winner of the Daphne du Maurier award.

Her 2017 release, A MERCIFUL DEATH, was a #1 Amazon overall bestseller and has been optioned for TV.

She is an International Thriller Writers' finalist and a Romantic Times finalist. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest but recently relocated to a Florida beach where she achieved a life goal of living in flip flops every day. 

Mary Burton

Mary Burton


Library Journal has compared New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s fiction to the work of Lisa Gardner and Lisa Jackson. Fresh Fiction likens her writing to that of James Patterson.

Mary’s first book was published in 2000 and she’s now the author of thirty-one novels of romance and suspense, five novellas, and five works of contemporary fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

Noted for her “tense, sexy and pleasingly complex” writing by Publishers Weekly, Mary’s latest, Cut and Run, takes readers to Texas Hill Country, where long dormant cold cases hold the key to saving a missing pregnant teen’s life.

Mary is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and Romance Writers of America.

tami hoag

Tami Hoag


Tami Hoag is the #1 International bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, with more than forty million books in print. Renown for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, crackling dialogue and well-research police procedure, Hoag first hit the New York Times bestseller list in 1996 with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller, including her latest, THE BOY. She lives in the greater Los Angeles area.

melinda leigh

Melinda Leigh


#1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh has written twenty novels and sold over 8 million copies of her books. Her stories have been been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her debut novel, She Can Run, was an International Thriller Award finalist. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing awards, including two RITA® Award nominations. 
Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She's dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women's self-defense. She lives near the beach with her family and two spoiled rescue dogs. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting www.melindaleigh.com.
patti phillips

Patti Phillips


Patti Phillips is the person behind Detective Charlie Kerrian at www.kerriansnotebook.com. Her second ebook, “Kerrian’s Notebook, Volume 2: Fun, Facts, and a Few Dead Bodies,” covers a wide range of law enforcement procedures and techniques. 

Ms. Phillips has experienced six of the Writers’ Police Academies. Many of her stories and non-fiction articles are based on the interviews she conducted at WPA as well as the intensive WPA sessions and weeklong classes at SIRCHIE she attended over the years. Hundreds of Phillips’ photographs seen on her blog and around the internet attest to the fun and knowledge gained by all at WPA.

Her book reviews can be read at www.nightstandbookreviews.com

lee goldberg

Lee Goldberg


Lee Goldberg’s many books include the non-fiction Successful Television Writing and Unsold Television Pilots as well as the novels My Gun Has BulletsThe WalkKing CityMcGraveDead Space, and Watch Me Die, which was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Novel from the “Private Eye Writers of America.” He’s also the writer/co-creator of The Dead Man, the monthly series of original novels published by Amazon’s 47North imprint, and co-author with Janet Evanovich of the five international bestselling Fox & O’Hare novels (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam and The Pursuit) and two New York Times bestselling prequel novellas (The Shell Game and Pros & Cons)

Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to Spenser: For Hire. Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (seaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid’s shows (R.L. Stine’s The Nightmare Room), T&A (BaywatchShe Spies), comedy (Monk) clip shows (The Best TV Shows That Never Were) and total crap (The HighwaymanThe New Adventures of Flipper).

He’s written and produced TV shows in Canada (Murphy’s Law, CobraMissing), England (Stick With Me Kid, She Wolf of London) and Germany (Fast Track: No Limits). His mystery writing for television has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he wrote the eight books in the Diagnosis Murder series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced. He followed that up by writing fifteen bestselling novels based on Monk, another TV show that he worked on. His Monk novels have been translated and published in Germany, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, and many other countries.

In addition to his writing, he’s worked as an international TV development expert and consulting producer for production companies and major networks in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

 His latest books are Fake Truth and Lost Hills.

stacy allen

Stacy Allen


Stacy Allen served as an officer on the Board of Trustees of PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writers Association) and currently serves on the Board of the SEMWA, the southeast chapter of MWA. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, MWA (Mystery Writers of America), International Thriller Writers, January Writers, and Historical Novel Society. She has taught for Mystery Writers of America University, Pacific Northwest Writers of America, Killer Nashville Writing Conference, Sisters In Crime, SleuthFest Writing Conference, Writers Policy Academy, and is on the faculty of MWA Annual Writing Retreat. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Stacy’s debut novel, EXPEDITION INDIGO, was a finalist at the Killer Nashville Conference in two categories: Best Novel, and Best Debut Novel. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her latest short story will be published in an upcoming anthology published by Level Best Books in August 2020.

Stacy has taught at many retreats, conferences, and festivals. She is a primary sponsor of Writers Policy Academy. Some of her classes have been Storyboarding Your Novel; The ABC Method: Accuracy, Brevity & Conformity; Plotting Your Thriller; How to Keep Your Series Thriving; Thrillers and Mysteries – What’s The Difference?

Terry Odell

Terry Odell

Chief of Detectives

From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to "fix" stories so the characters would behave properly. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she'd never read one. Odell prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." She writes the Mapleton Mystery series, the Blackthorne, Inc. series, the Pine Hills Police series, the Triple-D Ranch series, as well as a scattering of short stories.

Her books have won numerous awards, including the HOLT Medallion. Her short story collection, “Seeing Red” is a Silver Falchion award winner. You can find her high (that's altitude, of course—she lives at 9100 feet!)  in the Colorado Rockies—or at her website.

A Very Special Thank You

sisters in crime

Sisters in Crime offers educational grant opportunities for the following:

  • Conferences with an education focus. Talks on craft, pitch sessions with publishers and agents, critiques, master classes
  • Programs like Writers Police Academy specifically geared toward subject-matter knowledge
  • Workshops or classes on the craft and business of writing
  • Established SinC chapter classes, workshops and conferences
  • Visit sisterincrime.org for details.
oak ridge boys

The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits, including Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, and Dream On. They’ve scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles. During their career, the group has earned top honors such as Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards, to name only a few.

*The Oaks’ organization is a longtime supporter of the Writers’ Police Academy and this year, Joe Bonsall (on the left in the photo above), the lead voice on the hit songs Elvira, It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometime, and Love Song, has teamed up with WPA instructors and a few special friends of the Writers’ Police Academy to work on a very special project.

The Writers’ Police Academy is excited about this secret joint mission and we know you will be as well. Details to be announced very soon.

Kathy Harris
joe bosnall

Joe Bosnall

In addition to singing with the Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Bonsall is an avid writer. He published his first children’s books in 1997, The Molly Books, a four-book series. In 2003, Joe published G. I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty, an inspirational biography about his parents. His song by the same name was included on the Oaks’ Colors album and a music video of the song became a YouTube phenomenon with more than five million views.

Joe authored the text for the Oaks’ coffee table book, An American Journey and a Christmas story titled An Inconvenient Christmas. Recently he has written, On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys (2015), and, From My Perspective (2010), a collection of commentaries, stories and other writings.

*Bio source and images - oakridgeboys.com

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business where she later transitioned into what would become a long-tenured country music marketing career.

Like Joe Bonsall, Kathy Harris has supported the Writers’ Police Academy since its first year of operation. It is she who travels the streets and roads around Nashville each year to meet with country superstars to have them sign the guitars and other merchandise offered each year in the raffle and auction.

One year the guitar was slow to arrive, and it was because country music legend Kenny Rogers had taken it home with him to sign and Kathy had to wait for him to return it. Then she tracked down Dolly Parton to add her name to the guitar.

International bestselling author Lee Child was high-bidder for a guitar signed by Keith Urban, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and more. Who knew that Lee Child was a fan of country music!

Kathy Harris bio source and image - kathyharrisbooks.com

Friends of the WPA

Shawn Reilly Simmons, Verena Rose, Harriette Sackler

The Dames of Detection

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