Writers' Police Academy
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2019 Writers' Police Academy Presents

murdercon

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.

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 second season. See Graham's Full Bio.

Why Should You Attend the 2019 Writers' Police Academy - MurderCon?

"When writers graduate from MurderCon, they’ll have the knowledge to describe what really happens—and doesn’t happen—in a homicide investigation." ~ Dyer Bennett, Vice President of Sirchie’s Product Development and Training