Count Down to WPA

One week from today I’ll be heading to Greensboro, NC, to participate in my second Writers’ Police Academy. ( From Thursday to Sunday, I, and a slew of other writers, will have access to law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and martial arts experts, as well as several NYT’s authors. I’ve already been assigned my time slot for Meggitt (FATS) where I’ll experience what it’s like to make split second decisions on whether to shoot or not.

I’m looking forward to hearing Michael Connelly speak (I’d better bring extra money to buy his book), as well as Lisa Gardner and Alafair Burke. (I guess I’d better bring lots of extra money.)

I remember the experience two years ago was exhilarating and exhausting. We started early in the morning and continued late into the night. Simply absorbing all of the information was mind boggling. Since then I’ve used some of that information in my two upcoming releases. For A KILLER PAST the self defense moves we were shown helped me stage two fights, and the session on Underwater Evidence Recovery was an absolute necessity for EAT CROW AND DIE.

Looking at this year’s schedule of sessions, in addition to the Meggitt session, I think I’ll attend Disarming the Bad Guys; Romance Behind the Badge; Women in Law Enforcement; Researching Exotic Crimes; and . . . Oh my, so many choices; so many decisions.

This isn’t a dress up event so my packing list for the trip includes comfortable shoes, jeans, T-shirts, a sweater and rain jacket, and probably one slightly dressier outfit for the Saturday night banquet. I signed up for one of the WPA T-shirts. I assume it will be similar to the one I purchased two years ago.

Writer front

I’m arriving the evening before and staying through Sunday to catch a Monday flight home. I’m also bringing my laptop with the hope of finding time to work on my WIP. The more I look at the schedule the more I realize I’d better bring my checkbook and credit card in addition to cash. Not only will there be a book store featuring the presenters’ books, research books, and books related to writing mysteries, there will be a silent auction and raffle with lots of intriguing items. Add in my bar bill (where I’ll be doing research, of course), and I may have to sell a couple books to pay for all of this.

Not sure if I’ll have time to blog next Wednesday, but I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say once I’m back.

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5 Responses to Count Down to WPA

  1. Hi, Maris,

    It sounds like it will be a fascinating experience! Love Michael Connelly’s books. Do tell everyone about it when you return!

  2. Diane Burton says:

    Have fun. Learn lots. Please share.

  3. Melissa Keir says:

    Have fun! I would love to go next year! It sounds like a wonderful and valuable conference! I can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  4. Maris, the conference sounds terrific. What a great opportunity to learn those all important true facts. Looking forward to hearing about your experience.