This has got to be the best idea for a writer's conference that I have heard about in years…
My friend Lee Lofland, ex-cop turned author of POLICE PROCEDURE AND INVESTIGATION, has put together THE WRITER'S POLICE ACADEMY on April 17-18 2009 in Hamilton, Ohio. The faculty is packed with top cops giving hands-on instruction in, among other things, Interrogation, hand-to-hand combat, police tools & equipment, arrest procedure & tech, law enforcement technology, and equipment, hostage negotiations, lie detection, traffic stops, handgun training, as well as indepth tours of the local morgue and police department.
It sounds fantastic to me. I hope I will be able to go.
The Writer's Police Academy coincides with the Mad Anthony Writer's Conference, which includes guests like Bleak House publisher Ben LeRoy and Writer's Digest Books editor Jane Friedman.