2019 Writers' Police Academy Presents
August 1 - 4, 2019 · Raleigh, North Carolina
MurderCon is a rare opportunity for writers to participate in hands-on “for law enforcement eyes only” training, using modern testing and evidence collection tools and equipment, in workshops taught by some of the world’s leading homicide investigation experts. This incredibly detailed, cutting-edge instruction has never before been available to writers, anywhere. Until now.
Learn From the Experts
For writers of all genres to get hands-on experience in homicide investigation and forensics taught by some of the world's leading homicide investigation experts.
Professional Grade Classes
From fingerprint examination to body decomposition and arson investigation, writers receive training in investigative techniques usually reserved only for law enforcement.
Hosted by Sirchie
Sirchie helps Police and Public Safety officers around the world to Command Every Scene™ they encounter. Cutting edge technology and training solutions.
4 Fabulous Days of Learning
Classes and workshops taught by world-renowned instructors. Imagine sitting in the same seats once occupied by some of the world's top homicide investigators at a world-class training facility!
Only $435 - Writers Conference
Cutting-edge instruction never before offered to writers, anywhere. Take your writing to the highest levels with hands-on, real world experience.
Golden Donut Short Story Contest
200 word short story for participants and non-participants alike. Submit your short story to win the exclusive Golden Donut Award.
Guest of Honor - Heather Graham
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, sci-fi, young adult, and Christmas family fare.
She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has 60 million books in print. Heather has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers and was awarded the prestigious Thriller Master Award in 2016. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA. See Heather's Full Bio.
Special Guest Speaker - Graham Hetrick
Graham S. Hetrick, MS, L.F.D. - Dauphin County Coroner, Board Certified Forensic Examiner, Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator
Graham Hetrick is a subject matter expert on drug abuse, child death and child abuse, organ tissue donation, violent crimes, medical legal death investigation, forensic methodology, and the grieving process. He has advanced training in blood pattern analysis, crime scene management, forensic sculpting, and shallow grave recovery.
Graham has served as the Dauphin County Pennsylvania Coroner since 1990. During his time there he has supervised investigations of over 600 homicide cases and supervised the certification of over 13,000 deaths. He has also supervised the Forensic Science Internship Program for over six colleges and universities.
Graham’s upcoming book explores improving the relationship between forensic evidence collection and organ tissue donation. He and his case studies are featured in the Investigation Discovery (ID) channel's popular television series THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD. The show is now in its third season. See Graham's Full Bio.