Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Writer's Police Academy

We all know how important it is to get the facts straight in a book. Author Lynette Eason has gone so far at to attend the Writer's Police Academy. I asked Lynette:

"You've attended the Writer's Police Academy put on by Lee Lofland, writer and former police detective. What impact did that experience have on your writing?"--Sandy

Lynette: This year's Writers Police Academy is September 5-8, 2013 at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina (near Greensboro). I’ve been waiting for three years to be able to go back. This year’s the year. The conference is directed by Lee Lofland. Lee’s bio includes his many years of experience and is novel length in itself, but suffice it to say, he is well qualified to direct this conference.

You may be asking yourself. Why a Writers Police Academy?

Simple answer: Research. Education. Training.

Those are the reasons I go. At the Academy, there are so many professionals available, it’s almost overwhelming, but if you can get past the star struck-ness and down to the nitty gritty of learning and soaking up every facet of the conference, you will walk away better equipped to write a story that is accurate and realistic.

I love to write. I love to write about the good guys versus the bad guys and I love when the good guys win. In almost every story I’ve written, the good guys (and even some of the bad guys) are the cops. FBI, Local Police, State Police,  Detectives, US Marshals, etc. Since my background is NOT in any of these areas (I’m too chicken to go into law enforcement), I have to RESEARCH and do it extensively. Both online and in person. I have two FBI friends who read my stuff and give me feedback (pointing out all my errors and how to fix them) and I have a police officer who does the same. Thanks to them, I don’t mind it when law enforcement personnel read my books. I know they’re accurate. That’s not to say I never make a mistake, but I know I’ve done my best to do justice to a profession and professionals that underpaid, undervalued and overworked. I have the utmost respect for those in law enforcement and want to make sure my writing reflects that.


So if you’re looking to up the ante in your writing and you want to make sure your police procedural is spot on, I highly recommend attending the Writers Police Academy. Only you’ll have to wait until next year. This year is sold out. That’s how good it is.

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Have you ever attended Lee Lofland's academy or one like it? Maybe you rode with an officer on his shift. What surprised you most about the experience or what you learned?


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Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice Series and the Deadly Reunions series. Since 2007, she has written/contracted thirty-three books. Currently, she writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards and was a 2011 and 2013 finalist in the prestigious Carol Awards Contest and the 2013 ECPA Book Awards. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Lynette can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Lynette. I hope to get to go to Lee's someday because it's geared towards writers. Love reading Lee's blog, too.

    Our local sheriff's department offers a Citizen's Police Academy. I got to pet a police dog, go on a ride-along, tour the 9-1-1 dispatch center, watch a SWAT (called SRU - Special Response Unit) demonstration and listen to reps from each section of law enforcement. It was a 12-week course (one night a week) and, best of all, it was free.

    If you can't afford to go to Lee Lofland's (which is the best course for a writer), then ask your local law enforcement department if they offer something similar.

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    1. That sounds like a fun and informative time, Angie. I've never done that. Maybe in the future...

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  2. Must check into this for next year. Sounds like an awesome field trip! :-)

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    1. You won't be disappointed, I promise! :)

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  3. That sounds awesome! I wonder if there's something like that in my area...

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  4. I haven't written any stories that have needed this type of knowledge - yet. But I have read "When a Secret Kills," and I really enjoyed it! So I've been on the other side, benefiting by Lynette's research as a reader. ;-)

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    1. Me too, Dawn. I've read the previous two in the series, and will be reading When a Secret Kills very shortly. Can't wait!

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    2. LOL. Glad you enjoy the books, Dawn. :)

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  5. What a wonderful idea and great service for writers! I'm glad you can go again this year, Lynette!

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    1. MEEEE TOOO!!! LOL. I'm super excited. I have a lot of writing buddies who are going so it's going to be a fun time all around.

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  6. Thanks for mentioning the Writers' Police Academy, Lynette. I wish every writer could/would attend because we provide hands-on training that's not available anywhere else in the world. The workshops we offer are pretty much what a police officer attends during their basic and advanced in-service training. We even offer EMS and firefighting workshops. For example, this year we have a sexual assault class that begins with the crime and moves to the ER (we have an onsite ambulance and ER), and ends with writing the final report.

    Another exciting session is the one on underwater evidence recovery. Yes, we have a pool and police divers.

    The list of unique workshops goes on and on and on, including building searches for fleeing suspects. We have a series of actual condos where attendees (recruits) actually do the door-kicking and search room by room until they've cleared the entire residence. And, the attendees are armed with automatic weapons and shields.

    So, you see, the WPA is the real deal, and we don't hold anything back. We teach what the police know and do, not the generic material you receive during a citizens police academy. Oh, we also offer ride-alongs with police officers and deputy sheriffs.

    Please visit the website for more information about the 2013 event (Lisa Gardner is our keynote speaker. Our special guest presenters are Kathy Reichs and world-renowned DNA expert Dr. Dan Krane).

    http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

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