2017 Writers' Police Academy

2017 Guest Of Honor
Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery novels, which are the basis for Longmire, the hit Netflix original drama, now filming its 6th season.

The books have won multiple awards: Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/Bibliobs, the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, Le Prix 813, the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, the Mountains & Plains Book of the Year, the SNCF Prix de Polar, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year , The Watson Award, Library Journal’s Best Mystery of the Year, the Rocky, and the Will Rogers Award for Fiction.  Spirit of Steamboat was selected by the Wyoming State Library as the inaugural One Book Wyoming, Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.


Special Guest Speaker
Thomas B. Sawyer

Edgar and Emmy-nominated novelist, screenwriter, playwright Tom Sawyer was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS series, Murder, She Wrote, for which he wrote 24 episodes, and Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer on 15 network TV series. He has sold and written TV movies, 9 series pilots, 100 episodes, both comedy and drama.

Tom wrote/directed/produced the feature-film cult comedy, Alice Goodbody. His documentary film, Reunion, was honored by the New York Film Festival, the Rochester and Edinburgh Festivals, and received national theatrical release.

Tom is co-librettist/lyricist of JACK, the celebrated musical drama about John F. Kennedy which, backed by the Shuberts, has been performed to acclaim in the US and Europe.

He is publisher of Storybase 2.0 writer’s software. Tom’s book, Fiction Writing Demystified, and Storybase software are Writer’s Digest Book Club Selections.

The Sixteenth Man, his bestselling mystery/thriller about the truth behind JFK’s assassination, was Tom’s first novel. His second, bestselling No Place To Run, the first novel to make the case that there was much more about 9/11 than we were told. Cross Purposes is his first novel in a witty series about New York PI Barney Moon, who doesn’t drive, regards Los Angeles as an alien planet, and is stranded there.

Tom’s latest book: his memoir: The Adventures of the REAL Tom Sawyer.

Tom has taught writing at UCLA, at Pepperdine, at numerous major writers conferences, and online at Screenwriters University.



Special Guest Speaker
Paul Bishop

A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul Bishop’s career included a three year tour with his department’s Anti-Terrorist Division and over twenty-five years’ experience in the investigation of sex crimes. His Special Assault Units regularly produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rates in the city. Twice honored as LAPD’s Detective of the Year, Paul has also received the Quality and Productivity Commission Awardfrom the City of Los Angeles. As a nationally recognized interrogator, Paul starred as the lead interrogator and driving force behind the ABC TV reality show Take the Money and Run from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on his expertise in deception detection, he currently teaches interrogation seminars for law enforcement and arson investigators nationwide. Paul has had fifteen published novels, including five in his LAPD. Detective Fey Croaker series. He has also written numerous scripts for episodic television and feature films. He is the co-creator and editor of the popular Fight Card series of hardboiled boxing novels and the Pulse Fiction anthologies. His latest novel, Lie Catchers, is the first in a new series featuring top LAPD interrogators Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall.


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