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Digital Publishing Academy

Date: June 24, 2023

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Registration: $15

Bookouture Editor Susannah Hamilton will talk about all things digital publishing, including what works well in digital, a look at the different stages of editing, and a brief foray into crime and thriller genre nuances for the digital market. Susannah will also give a brief overview of how Bookouture, a division of Hachette UK, works for its authors. There will be a Q&A at the end.

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Susannah Hamilton

Digital Publishing Academy

Bookouture Editor Susannah Hamilton will talk about all things digital publishing, including what works well in digital, a look at the different stages of editing, and a brief foray into crime and thriller genre nuances for the digital market.


Creating Plots for Page Turners

This unique session taught by Robert Dugoni is a rare opportunity to learn from one of today’s top authors! Learn how to keep your readers hooked from the beginning to the end of your story.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Behavioral Clues at Crime Scenes

Crime scenes always tell a story, which shows up most clearly in behavioral clues. This can mean anything from signatures that link crimes to indicators of staged crimes to predictors of dangerous future behavior. This session shows writers how to spot and interpret behavioral clues during criminal profiling, crime reconstruction, or psychological autopsy.

Forensic Psychiatry, Murder, LAPD Lipstick, and Memorable Characters

Forensic Psychiatry, Murder, LAPD Lipstick, and Memorable Characters

A trio of acclaimed law enforcement and forensic experts take the stage to dispel the myths and misconceptions so often seen in crime fiction. This unique course takes participants behind the scenes, into the world of professionals who deal with the criminal element as part of their daily routines. At the end of the day, Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, and the Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasies, addresses the entire group to reveal the secrets to using research to craft unique characters.

Search Dogs Search Warrants a Search for Words and Lies

Search Dogs, Search Warrants, a Search for Words, and Lies

Three renowned professionals share intimate knowledge of K-9 search and rescues and the recovery of human remains; laws and procedures governing search warrants, pursuits, and police use of force; how detectives use the words of suspects and witnesses—nouns, pronouns, extra words, missing words—to detect deception or hidden information.

Writers Police Academy Online

Criminal Investigations: Writing Believable Make-Believe

Three of the country’s top investigators and forensics experts present detailed sessions on cybercrimes and security, 3D crime-scene mapping using drones and lasers, and an in-depth, behind the scenes chronicling of what happens when a victim of sexual assault seeks care in a hospital setting.

Mystery and Murder- Transforming Reality into Fantastic Fiction

Mystery and Murder: Transforming Reality into Fantastic Fiction

In this daylong seminar you'll learn tips, tactics, and techniques used by three acclaimed crime scene investigation and forensic psychology professionals. Then, #1 bestselling author Tami Hoag wraps up the event with an amazing workshop detailing how to carefully weave CSI knowledge into your story.

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Our instructors are acclaimed law enforcement and forensics experts, international best selling authors, and top writing industry professionals.
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On-demand pre-recorded classes and workshops, and live day-long seminars enable writers to improve their craft from the convenience of home.
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Spinning off from our wildly popular yearly conference, we're offering additional targeted classes for writers that interest you most.

Boost Your Writing by Learning Fundamental and Advanced Techniques.

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Why Choose WPA Online

All online classes coincide with the live events hosted by the Writers’ Police Academy and are designed to supplement the annual conference. Upcoming programs feature crime scene investigation, forensics, first responders, the craft of writing, tips from top bestselling authors, publishing, finding the right agent for your work, marketing, editing, social media and other advertising platforms, and more.
"Together we can better the world of crime fiction, one scene at a time."
  • Industry Experts

    Best selling authors. Leading Law enforcement and forensics experts. Top writing industry pros!

  • Learn Online at Home

    Convenient classes both on-demand and live.

  • Timely Topics for Writers

    Expanding from our yearly conference, classes tailored for online delivery.


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