Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lee Lofland & The Writers' Police Academy #amwriting #amwritingparty #WPA

Lee Lofland, one of the driving forces behind the Writers’ Police Academy, stopped by my blog yesterday to comment on Saturday’s post. In the process he updated us on what they have planned for the 2011 WPA. I’ll copy what he posted down below.

Before doing so, however, I want to encourage everyone to visit his blog and read of a recent experience he had. It’s a perfect illustration that when caught in a personal emergency, even the most experienced and cool-headed among law enforcement can and most likely will—react with emotion. For those of us writing law enforcement characters, I think this is something we need to consider.

For those of you writing law enforcement characters or working in the suspense/mystery/thriller genre- the Writers’ Police Academy is a perfect opportunity to learn from and interact with the pros. The men and women who do in ‘real life’ what our characters do in fiction.

This is the information Lee posted in the comments section of yesterday’s blog.

The Writers' Police Academy is a very unique event. Writers actually train at a real police/fire/ES academy. Here's a little about the 2011 event.

2011 Writers’ Police Academy

When: September 23–25, 2011

Where: Jamestown, N.C. at the Public Safety Department (local police/fire/EMS academy) on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).

Experience the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement, forensics, firefighting, and EMS. This is real training at a real police, fire, and EMS training academy! GTCC instructors are all certified active-duty police academy instructors.

2011 speakers include Keynote Speaker NY times bestselling author of espionage thrillers Christopher Reich; Special guest speaker author/forensic and clinical psychology expert Dr. Katherine Ramsland; Featured speakers include, bioterrorism expert Dr. Denene Lofland, author/former prosecutor/law professor Alafair Burke, author/ATF Special Agent Rich McMahan, computer and cyber-crimes expert Sgt. Josh Moulin; author/former police detective Lee Lofland.

Registration for this one of a kind event opens in January. See more at (new website launching soon).

If anyone would like more information on Lee Lofland, or the Police Procedure books he has available, you can visit his website at


  1. Hi Trish, I read Lofland's post. Heck of a morning he had. Trying to punch three simple numbers when your hands are shaking and adrenaline pumps is HARD. It took me four tries with an intruder in my home once. Your post not only benefits those writing a law enforcement scene, but EMTs, perhaps soldiers reacting to loved ones as well. Thank you for this post. It gives me much to think about.

  2. Wow. What an excellent post!
    Lofland's blog post was riveting. It's a totally different animal when someone you love is in trouble and pain.

  3. This was an odd experience for me - losing my cool when my wife was hurting - considering I was once in an intense shootout with a bank robber (Unfortunately, I wound up shooting and killing him) and never so much as flinched during that event.

  4. I just read his post and I feel for him. My husband is the levelheaded one in our family. I freak out and he does what needs to be done.

  5. Hey Mika,

    I was thinking of my SEALs while reading his post. LOL-- isn't it sad, how other peoples' misfortune ends up as fodder for our muse. Apologizes to Lee, but his account of what happened gave me all sorts of ideas.

  6. Brenda,

    That's exactly what I was thinking. That it doesn't matter what kind of training/experience you have- when someone you love is hurt or in danger--emotions take over.

  7. Lee,

    Those emotions are what make you human. I bet you wouldn't have reacted like that if you'd been the one hurt or in danger. Totally different animal though when it's someone you love.

    Really loved ready of your experience. Thank you so much for posting it so openly and honestly.

    I hope your wife is recovering well.

  8. Edie, I'm not really sure how I'd react in an emergency. I think the worst emergency I've had to handle was when Luna fell out of the car window and broke her legs. I remember reacting cool-headed then.

    With my mom, it was a huge shock when we were told they'd found cancer. But I wouldn't call it an emergency, and then everything after happened so slow, we had time to adjust and react.