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Behavioral Clues at Crime Scenes

June 25, 2022

11:00-12:30 p.m. EST

This class was a live, interactive session. A recorded on-demand version may soon be available. 

A fascinating live, online seminar taught by Dr. Katherine Ramsland. Session covers staging, profiling, character development, and more!

Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is the Assistant Provost. She has appeared on more than 200 Dr. Katherine Ramslandcrime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 69 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader. Dr. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and is writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist.

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.

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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.

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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."
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