Hurry! Only 13 Spots Left Available

As of 2-23-15, there are ONLY 13 available Sisters in Crime sponsored/discounted spots at the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy.

These remaining discounted positions are now available to ALL members. Other spots are also available!

Not a SinC member? No problem. You can join Sisters in Crime now to receive the $155 discount. Note: Both women and men are welcome to join.

Contact Lee Lofland at should you have questions. Hurry while there’s still time!

By the way, thanks to you the 2015 WPA reached the 2014 sold-out number within one hour after registration opened this year. That’s amazing!

Our new home in Wisconsin is larger than our former academy, therefore we’re able to accommodate more people, so we’ve added a few more spots. So please register today to claim yours!

Openings Available For The 2015 WPA!

The 2015 Writers’ Police Academy (WPA) still has openings!

Though the Academy has registered more folks than last year’s “sold out” number, the new academy facility has provided WPA with space for more classes and attendees. As a result, registration will remain open through February 21st to fill the additional spaces.

Don’t let your friends miss out! Share the news. Tell them to check out the amazing class schedule, the top-notch instructors, and the great new facility on our website.

During this extended registration period, Sisters in Crime is offering a $155 discount to its members who are attending WPA for the first time. If your friends aren’t members, they can receive the discount by joining Sisters in Crime now.

If your friends have attended the WPA in the past, they can also sign up to claim one of the remaining spots and apply for a retroactive discount. Availability of retroactive discounts will depend on how many first-timers sign up between now and February 21.

Important WPA Announcement!

Sisters in Crime has requested that WPA registration remain open until February 21st. This extension is to allow members who’ve not previously attended a WPA in the past to sign up and receive the $155 SinC discount.

If you’re not a member you, too, can receive the discount by joining Sisters in Crime.

As of today we do have a few spots available.

If you’ve attended the WPA in the past you can also sign up to claim one of the few remaining spots and then receive the discount retroactively by contacting SinC.

Finally, ANYONE can register to claim these available slots for the 2015 WPA. We’re well past the “sold out” number from last year, but our new facility has provided more space.

Only A Few Spots Remain for the 2015 WPA!

The WPA is rapidly approaching the maximum number of registrants.

Please hurry to sign up. Believe me, you do not want to miss this one.

We will not be able to add additional spots once these spots are gone!

Tell your friends. Tell the people in your writing groups.


It’s WPA Day!

Registration opens at 11 a.m. this morning (February 14, 2015).

Remember, there are a limited number of spots available for the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy. Last year the highly-coveted positions sold out in just 6 short hours, so be ready with your fingers poised over your keyboard.

This is THE most exciting and action-packed event of the year.

See you there.

And don’t forget to wish your loved ones a very Happy WPA Day!

2015 WPA: The Final Countdown Has Begun!

In less than 24 hours registration opens for one of the most exciting events you’ll ever attend.

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Believe me, we’ve held back nothing. Not a thing.

You told us what you wanted and needed and, thanks to Joe LeFevre and crew at the Public Safety Training Center in Appleton, Wi., and to our own dedicated team of top experts, we’re bringing it. And we’re bringing it hard.

Let’s see…

– You asked for real firearms training with real ammunition. Done.

– You wanted the experience of an actual police pursuit. Done.

– You definitely wanted shoot/don’t shoot training, one of the most popular and highly-prized workshops of the event. Got it.

But we’re not only offering the wildly popular simulator, we’ve taken it two steps further by taking you through the entire process, sending you into a building to search for an armed robber. Yes, both you and the robber will be armed and you can definitely expect an exchange of gunfire. This additional session is not simulator training. It’s the real, heart-thumping deal!

– What’s it like to be behind the wheel of a patrol vehicle traveling at high speeds when it suddenly spins out of control? Well, you asked for it. The question is, are you up for the ride of a lifetime?

– Experience delivering a baby while in the back of an ambulance? Sure, you’ll have the opportunity to deliver a little one.

– Shoot-outs? Got ’em.

– How do officers gain control of unruly airplane passengers? You know, in those small and tight spaces? Well, we have a full-size Boeing 727 along with a team of experts who’ll provide the necessary training. It’ll be up to you take charge of whatever happens next. Good luck!

– Who’s in charge of the dead body at the crime scene? What happens at an autopsy? Deputy Coroner Les James tells all.

– Wish you could visit a working Forensics Lab to see how evidence testing is actually performed? Gee, we just happen to have a fully functional lab ready and waiting for you. And, we have top experts/scientists standing by to teach you how to do it all!

– Is it possible to retrieve fingerprints from wet evidence? How about from the sticky side of duct tape? No problem, we have a workshop just for you. Our instructors will have you lifting hard-to-locate prints in no time at all.

– “Gee,” you said, “I’d sure like top meet and pick the brain of one of those experts you see on popular true crime TV shows. They’re so doggone smart.” Well, we just happen to have Dr. Katherine Ramsland—48 Hours, Discovery ID, Forensic Files, etc.—as part of our team and she’s presenting a couple of fascinating workshops designed especially for you.

– Bloodstain Patterns. How in the world do investigators use them to determine where the killer was standing when he fired his weapon? What about the victim? Cops can really tell if he was standing or kneeling when he was killed? All by looking at blood spattered on the kitchen wall? Not only can investigators read the spatter, you will also have the expertise to do so after completing our workshop. This one, like the others, is hands-on, and it will be you who performs the investigation. After training, of course.

– Karin Slaughter as keynote speaker? Got her.

– Allison Brennan presenting a special session. Got her.

– The return of The Love Doctor? Yes, he and his cohort Rick McMahan will be there with bells on (and hopefully a lot more clothing than the horror we witnessed last year!) Remember this…

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The Love Doctor, Secret Service Special Agent Mike Roche (above)

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ATF Special Agent Rick McMahan (above)

Even I was the target of the fun. However, unlike the others, my photo was extremely realistic.

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But that’s not all. There’s drug ID, robbery, burglary, good food, a great hotel, a cool city, snarling K-9’s, fire, sirens, smoke, booms and bangs, gunpowder, cops, SWAT, detectives, patrol cars, jail cells, undercover detectives, special ops, dead bodies, crime scene photography, booking prisoners, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, and much, MUCH MORE!

And all this can be yours. All you have to do is click a few computer keys tomorrow morning at precisely 11 a.m. EST.

Remember, spots at the WPA are filled on a 1st come/1st served basis. Once the event is sold out we will not be able to add more spots, and we do expect to sell out quickly. So please register at precisely 11 a.m. tomorrow morning, February 14, 2015. This is THE event of the year!

To sign up go to the WPA website and click the “Click Here To Register” button.

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See you there!


Firefighting: A HOT Time at the Writers’ Police Academy

We promised a HOT one this year and man did we ever deliver!


You, a rookie firefighter, will climb aboard a real fire truck to take a ride that’ll satisfy that “burning” desire you have to learn all things firefighting.

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Along your exciting journey to the scene there’ll be, of course, plenty of fire, smoke, sirens, flashing lights and…firefighters!


Fire Fundamentals: This interactive workshop begins with a ride in a fire truck heading to a fire (a real fire) and ends with a hands-on session with equipment inside the fire station. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells associated with firefighting.


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*Remember, the WPA completely sold out last year in just 6 short hours and we anticipate a similar response this year. Therefore, waiting to register could result in missing out on THE most exciting writer event of the year. We strongly urge you to register the moment the registration link goes live.

Registration opens at precisely 11 a.m., February 14, 2015. For details please visit the Writers’ Police Academy website.

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2015 WPA:The Ride Of A Lifetime! PIT Maneuver

We’ve always delivered an action-packed experience for writers.

We’ve always delivered an action-packed experience for writers. However, this year we’re going the extra mile by offering a few new heart-thumping workshops that are typically not available outside the law enforcement profession.

I know, we’ve done the show and tell thing in past, where you’ve witnessed car chases, explosions, school shootings, and more. But it’s now time to place you directly into the heart of the action, starting with the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT maneuver). And yes, you will be inside the patrol car when the tactic is employed (sign-ups during online registration only).

So climb aboard, hang onto your hats, and keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times!!



*Registration for the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy opens at 11 a.m. EST, February 14, 2015. See you there!

Update: Time of Registration

Registration for the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy begins at 11 a.m. EST, February 14, 2015.

We neglected to include this important detail in our earlier message. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Should this occur in the future you can find or double-check details on the WPA website.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.



2015 Writers’ Police Academy Schedule of Events

2015 Writers’ Police Academy Schedule of Events

The 2015 Writers’ Police Academy schedule has been posted. This is the most exciting event we’ve ever offered, by far. We even have a full-size Boeing 727 jet onsite where you’ll learn to handle unruly and dangerous passengers. There’s time on indoor firing ranges (pistol and rifle), a forensic lab, investigating bloodstain patterns, riding in patrol cars as they skid out of control, performing the PIT maneuver on a suspect vehicle as it flees from your patrol vehicle, door breaches and searching buildings for armed bad guys (yes, there’ll be actual door-breaching and shooting involved this year), lots of fire, sirens, smoke, interacting with police academy recruits and firefighters, and much, much more. And, as always, there’s lots of heart-thumping action, including a few surprises. OMG, this one’s over the top!

Keynote speaker is Karin Slaughter
Special Guest speaker is Allison Brennan

Space is limited. Registration begins at 11 a.m. on February 14, 2015.

Remember, the event sold out in 6 hours last year so be ready to sign up the moment registration opens. Please tell your friends. This is THE event of the year…maybe of a lifetime!

See you there!

Breaking News! Allison Brennan Named 2015 Special Guest Speaker

We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that

Allison Brennan, the New York Times bestselling author of two dozen thrillers and numerous short stories, is our 2015 special guest speaker. Details TBA.

To learn more about Allison please visit her website at

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In other news, event pricing has been posted on the WPA main page. Here’s a copy.

WPA Event Registration – $375

Registration fee includes lunch at the police academy on Friday and Saturday, including a Wisconsin tailgate party as one of the meals, transportation to and from the academy and hotel, and the Friday night reception.

Sisters in Crime is indeed offering a discount for members. Details to be announced Friday February 6, 2015. If you are not a member you should join NOW to receive the generous discount!



WPA registration opens February 14th at 11 a.m. EST.

WPA registration opens February 14th at 11 a.m. EST.

Remember, registration is open to everyone, not just writers. The WPA is extremely exciting, action-packed, and FUN!

Space is limited and we expect to sell out quickly (in six short hours last year) so please, please, please be ready to sign up the moment the link goes live. You won’t want to miss this one. It’s the best we’ve ever produced…by far!

This is THE event of the year.

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