Look Who’s Coming to the WPA!

Have you signed up to attend the WPA? We hope so because you won’t see this at any other writer event. OMG, I think Dexter may be teaching this session!! Intense realism at its finest! *Spatter-Resistant aprons available upon request. Believe me, you’ll want one!

Wild Deadwood Reads

#2017WPA: The Quest for Believable Make-Believe

Go full screen and then crank up the volume!!


Registration opens February 19th at noon EST (tomorrow). Space is limited!! Chances to win free registrations and more by signing up the first day. Remember, space is limited so there may not be a second day of registration. The WPA has sold out in the past within an hour after registration opened!!

As always, we thank you and we appreciate your support.

Terminal Ballistics

Hit List

Traffic Stops/Drunk Drivers/SFST

Antique Firearms

Mental Health and Law Enforcement

Mounted Patrol

Introduction to Firearms

You’re Invited: 2017 Writers’ Police Academy Opening Ceremonies!

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It’s no secret that the Writers’ Police Academy is THE premier law enforcement training event (for writers) on this planet. Actually, we’re almost certain we could make the same claim about the entire universe. However, until we expand to the places where “no man or woman has gone before,” well, we’ll stick to fact. Although, Lisa Klink, a successful writer of Star Trek episodes, attended the WPA last year, so perhaps she’ll cleverly devise a means for us to venture out to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new WRITERS!

2017 WPA Registration opens Sunday February 19, 2017, at noon EST!!

Until we set up shop on a passing comet, though, we’ll continue to deliver THE most thrilling, exciting, heart-pounding event this side of Pluto.

For those of you who don’t know, The WPA takes place almost entirely on the Oneida Indian Reservation. In fact, even our stunning event hotel, the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (Green Bay) is owned by the Oneida Nation and is situated on tribal land, and we feature numerous sessions taught by tribal police officers and instructors.

For the first time in the history of the WPA, and most likely a first time for a typical writers’ conference, we are kicking off the WPA weekend with an amazing opening ceremony. And you, attendees of the 2017 Writers’ Police Academy, are invited to be a part of this spectacular, memorable, and emotional experience—The Blessing of the WPA by tribal leaders, color guard, dancers, Miss Oneida, and other members of the Oneida Nation!

You are invited to attend the Opening Ceremonies and Official Blessing of the 9th Annual WPA!

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When: Thursday August 10, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay (The WPA Event Hotel)


We are extremely pleased that you’ll be sharing this remarkable time with us. After all, you are part of our family. So yes, the Oneida Nation, the WPA, our host academy/college (NWTC) and YOU! A winning combination, for sure!


  • WPA orientation begins immediately after the conclusion of the opening ceremonies.
  • The 2017 WPA schedule is now online at the Writers’ Police Academy website. As always, workshops are added regularly. In fact, I’ll be adding more to the schedule all this week and early next week.




The Writers’ Police Academy is delighted to announce that Sisters in Crime will once again be a major sponsor of the 2017 WPA to be held in Green Bay, WI, August 10-13. Thanks to the generosity of the Sisters in Crime organization, SinC members attending the WPA for the first time will qualify for a whopping $150 registration fee discount.

Not a SinC member? No problem. Simply join prior to registering for the WPA to instantly receive the discount!

You do not have to be a writer to join, and SinC is open to both men and women.

Join Sisters in Crime here

*Due to the unpredictable nature of law enforcement and its necessary and urgent response to real-time situations, the WPA schedule is subject to change at any time, without notice, including the day of the event.

Dinner on Your Own

Talking to Serial Killers

CSI: From First Responder to Evidence Collection

Mindset of Cops

Incognito! Explore the Undercover Experience

Odd Email from WPA and Schedule Updates

We apologize for the odd email we accidentally sent a few moments ago. We’re in the process of updating the 2017 schedule and, by mistake, sent one of the updates out in an email blast to everyone. Again, we apologize.

While we have your accidental attention, though, please do take a peek at the schedule today and in the coming days leading up to the opening of registration next weekend, February 19, 2017 at 12 noon EST.

We’ll be adding more fabulous sessions each day and, we feel we must bring your attention to the fact that we have an elephant trainer in the lineup this year. Yeah, figure that one out in your spare time! Seriously, the lineup is nothing short of stellar, and we can’t wait to see each of you in August! (Yes, the elephant trainer is for real).

*Remember, space is limited and we often sell out quickly. You do not want to miss this one!

Secrets of the Secret Service

Armed in America

Armed in America

Fundamentals of Police Patrol

Understanding the “Link” in Animal Abuse

The Dick and the Doc

Understanding the “Link” in Animal Abuse

Illegal Animal Fighting


Armed in America

Prison Gangs

Fundamentals of Police Patrol

CSI: From First Responder to Evidence Collection

Dr. Denene Lofland

Mike Roche

Mike Black

SWAT: Explosive Entry

Opening Ceremonies

Mindset of Cops

Talking to Serial Killers

Markers for Fake v. Genuine Suicide Notes

Laurie Fagen

Secrets of the Secret Service

WPA Registration and $1,500 in Prizes and Giveaways!!

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It’s almost here! That’s right, registration for the 2017 Writers’ Police Academy is scheduled to open at NOON EST on February 19, 2017.

You can expect BIG things this year. Over the moon excitement, thrills, and action. Lots of BOOMS, BANGS, sirens, and flashing lights. New workshops include a ton of … well, surprises, as you’ll soon see!

2017 is our 9th annual event and, as always, we’ve outdone ourselves with another stellar lineup, starting with Craig Johnson, Mr. Longmire himself, as Guest of Honor!

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Next up is Paul Bishop, a thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. Not only is Paul a renowned interrogator and teacher of all things interview and interrogation, he starred in his own ABC TV series called Take the Money and Run. 


Paul has 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.



Back by extremely popular demand is Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program at DeSales University. Dr. Ramsland also teaches courses on extreme offenders and forensic psychology. A regular WPA instructor, she has published over 1,000 articles, stories, and reviews, and 59 books, including The Mind of a Murderer, The Forensic Science of CSI, Inside the Minds of Serial KillersThe Ivy League Killer, and The Murder Game. Her book, Psychopath, was a #1 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal’s list.

Her latest book, Confessions of a Serial Killer, was written with Dennis “BTK” Rader, and her new novel, The Ripper Letter, relies on Ripper lore.



Les Edgerton, an award-winning author and writing teaching, is an ex-con, matriculating at Pendleton Reformatory in the sixties for burglary (plea-bargained down from multiple counts of burglary, armed robbery, strong-armed robbery and possession with intent). He was an outlaw for many years and was involved in shootouts, knifings, robberies, high-speed car chases, dealt and used drugs, was a pimp, worked for an escort service, starred in porn movies, was a gambler, served four years in the Navy, and had other misadventures. He’s since taken a vow of poverty (became a writer) with 19 books in print. Three of his novels have been sold to German publisher, Pulpmaster for the German language rights. His memoir, Adrenaline Junkie is currently being marketed. He currently teaches a private novel-writing class online.



The Writers’ Police Academy takes place at the public safety academy on the sprawling campus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). The majority of the event, including our fabulous hotel, is situated on the Oneida Indian Reservation. Believe me, this place is super nice. As you can see in the image below of one of our lecture halls, our facilities are quite nice, modern, and extremely well-equipped.


Keep in mind, though, the WPA is hands-on event with very little lecture-based sessions. Those of you who attended last year will remember exactly what took place mere moments after this photo was taken. Without revealing details, let’s just say that what happened next was HEART-POUNDING realism at it’s finest!

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Our event hotel, Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay

We believe in pampering you guys from the moment your plane touches down in Green Bay until the moment you head back to the airport on the last day. Your accommodations are stunning, the food is great (this is also the official hotel of the Green Bay Packers; therefore, the chef is used to preparing gourmet meals to people who are used to the finer things). And the academy experience cannot be matched.

More from the hotel.

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Yes, there’s a reason why thousands of writers from all over the world have attended the WPA, and it’s because we put you and your needs, wants, safety, and comfort first. Our workshops and presenters are based on your questions and ideas. You requested it and we delivered.

And, as always, our team of academy instructors are the best at what they do, hands-down. They’re top law enforcement professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, investigators, experts, medical professionals, firefighting pros, and more. And, for the first time ever, we’re introducing workshops taught from the other side of the badge!!

Workshops this year are beyond exciting and we’re anxious for you to see the schedule, which is currently being uploaded into the system. You can follow the progress by visiting the Writers’ Police Academy website. We’re currently in maintenance mode but should be out from under that status by the end of the day (Sunday February 5th).

For now, though, let’s talk about the exciting giveaways worth over $1,500!

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First, author Kendra Elliott, a longtime WPA sponsor, has generously offered to give a package deal—free registration AND $500 in cash to use toward travel, hotel, or whatever you’d like. Details of how you could win this prize package to be announced very soon. You’ll also find those details on the registration form (on February 19th when registration goes live).

Next is a FREE registration. This opportunity is available to EVERYONE who registers on the FIRST day (February 19th at noon). The winner is to be selected by random drawing. To be perfectly clear, this opportunity is available to EVERYONE who signs on the FIRST day registration opens—February 19, 2017 (registration opens at noon EST).

This is the ONLY time this opportunity will be available—the first day of registration, only.

This should be no problem at all since everyone signs up the first hour, right? Remember, space is limited to the first 300 people. So be ready at NOON EST on February 19, 2017. These valuable opportunities could be yours!


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*Writers’ Police Academy T-shirts, banquet meals, hats, and other swag may be included in the prize packages.

See you soon!

August 10-13, 2017

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
International Public Safety
Training Academy
Green Bay, Wisconsin




Sisters in Crime, a major sponsor of the Writers’ Police Academy, offers a generous discount to their members attending the WPA for the first time. Not a member? No problem. Simply join SinC today to receive your discount.

*You must be a SinC member at the time of WPA registration to receive the discount. Click here to join SinC today!



The WPA is actively seeking sponsors and items for the raffle and silent auction. Thanks to you, to date we’ve given our host academies/colleges over $100,000, and the figure only grows higher. It is because of your generosity that we’re able to do what we do!

Please contact me at lofland32@msn.com if you’d like to join our family of sponsors. We need you, and a sponsorship is a great means to advertise you and your work to a worldwide audience!

We are also seeking volunteers to help out at the event. Raffle and silent auction experience not necessary, but big smiles and the ability to sell tickets like your life depends on it are, well, a big plus. 🙂

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