WPA Hero – $20,000 and Above

Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime, a major sponsor of the Writers’ Police Academy, are 3600 members in 50 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors.

We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.

Our mission? Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

Sisters in Crime 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!



Gold Shield – $15,000


Silver Star – $10,000


Medal of Valor – $5,000

Kendra Elliot

Kendra Elliot joined her local Romance Writers of America chapter, the Rose City Romance Writers, and found a fabulous community dedicated to educating its members about writing and publishing. She also belongs to International Thriller Writers and the Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA.

In 2010, her manuscript, Stronger Than Bone (HIDDEN), was a finalist in RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® contest. BURIED and VANISHED won the Daphne du Maurier award for romantic suspense in 2014 and 2015. BURIED was a 2014 International Thriller Writers’s nominee for Best Paperback Original and Romantic Times Magazine’s best Romantic Suspense of 2013.

Kendra, a longtime, loyal supporter of the Writers’ Police Academy, grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still live there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. She’s fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and loves a good Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai.

Read more about Kendra and her work at her website kendraelliot.com.




Commissioner – $1,000

Ford McMurtry
Ford McMurtry is a modern day Walter Mitty. After a career spent coaching high school, college, and professional sports, he became a sports journalist, NFL and MLB player agent, and insurance executive.  He is CEO of Hitman Designs which develops brand merchandise for authors, artists, and athletes. Ford is an aspiring author who is co-writing a novel on life in the South after the Great Depression.
For assistance in creating branded products or an online store, contact: fordmcmurtry@gmail.com


Laurie Fagen


Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at DeSales University, also teaches the forensic psychology track. 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 Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, The Ivy League Killer, and The Murder Game. Her book, Psychopath, was a #1 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal’s list. She presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, coroners, judges, and attorneys, and has consulted for several television series, including CSI andBones She also writes a regular blog for Psychology Today called “Shadow-boxing” and consults for numerous crime documentary production companies. Her most recent book is with serial killer, Dennis Rader, called Confessions of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer. She will also publish The Ripper Letter, a supernatural thriller based on Jack the Ripper lore.


Kathy Harris


The Oak Ridge Boys


Melinda Leigh

Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have twice been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

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 in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of shelter dogs and two rescue cats who clearly run the show. 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 melindaleighauthor.com.

Melinda is a member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death, and International Thriller Writers. She is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.




Chief of Detectives – $500

Kris Calvert

Kris is a former copywriter and PR mercenary, who after some coaxing, began writing novels. She loves alliteration, pearls and post-it notes.  She’s married to the man of her dreams, who just happens to be a fabulously talented composer. They live in the South where he scores her crazy and completely out-of-the-box life. She’s Momma to two grown kids and is also responsible for one very needy dog. When she’s not writing, she’s baking cupcakes.


Heather Sunseri

Heather Sunseri is a recovering CPA who began writing novels in order to escape the mundane life as a muggle. After twenty years in the corporate world, Heather decided to use her business savvy and curious mind to start a publishing business anchored by fictional stories. She is proof that one can be a numbers person and a creative… And that it’s never too late (or too early) to get a do over. She’s married to the love of her life, mom to two amazing kids, and caregiver to the best golden retriever and one very, needy cat. When she’s not writing, she’s making homemade pizza and drinking Kentucky bourbon.


Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips is the person behind Detective Charlie Kerrian at www.kerriansnotebook.com. Her ebook, “Kerrian’s Notebook, Volume 1,” is based on the first year of the popular blog.

Ms. Phillips has experienced five 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 she attended over the years. Hundreds of Phillips’ photographs seen on her blog and around the internet attest to the fun had by all at WPA.

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




Major – $250

Full-Service Agents, Modern Technology

We’re full-service, local agents who get to know you over coffee and on home tours, and we use online tools to make you smarter and faster. More than 10,000 customers buy or sell a home with us each year.


The DeSales University Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, offering certificates in digital and investigative forensics, is pleased to sponsor the Writers Police Academy in 2017.


Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her — it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses. You can read more about her and her books at http://www.melanieatkins.com




Captain – $100

Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Soul Mate Publishing welcomes you to romance, where two become one.  We offer high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world.  Our novels, written by only the finest authors, will be available both electronically and in paperback.

Whether you enjoy traditional romance or are searching for stories that push the limits, you’ll find what you’re looking for.  We are NOT the same old thing!

If you are a budding author who needs a publisher to seriously look at your work, just follow the instructions under the Submissions link at the top of this page.  We WILL look over your materials and provide a personal response.

For more, click here.


Wild Deadwood Reads

Meet your favorite authors in historic Deadwood, South Dakota, June 9, 2018.

Wild Deadwood Reads
Multi-Genre, Multi-Author
Book Signing
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Deadwood, South Dakota
Extra events planned all weekend!




Friends of the WPA – $50 and Below


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