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Live and on-demand video training for writers featuring law enforcement & forensic procedures, and the craft of storytelling.

Current Live Classes

Fiction Forensics: Self-Editing

Join WPA’s Lee Lofland and Gareth Jones from AutoCrit for a helpful guide to self-editing your books. This dynamic duo will cover the most beneficial angles from which to approach both developmental and line editing, and the core concerns you need to keep in mind when balancing authenticity with drama. Gareth will also demonstrate how AutoCrit makes all of it a breeze.

Registration – FREE

When – Saturday, April 27, 2024 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Instructor – Gareth Jones, AutoCrit

Instructor bio: A creative consultant with over a decade of experience in publishing, film, and games, Gareth is one of AutoCrit’s resident story and writing coaches.

On-Demand Classes

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Previous Live Classes

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Developmental Editing from an Agent’s Point of View, & Query Letters and Agent Submission Tips

What a developmental edit covers and how it helps authors polish their manuscripts.

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The Craft of Television Writing

A look at the steps of writing a television episode.

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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.

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Creating Plots for Page Turners

This unique session 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.

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Behavioral Clues at Crime Scenes

Crime scenes always tell a story, which shows up most clearly in behavioral clues.

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Forensic Psychiatry, Murder, LAPD Lipstick, & Memorable Characters

In this illuminating session, acclaimed forensic and perinatal psychiatrist, Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D., describes common misunderstandings about her field of forensic psychiatry when it appears in crime fiction.

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

This course will describe the general legal standards for the use of force by police such as warrants, including anticipatory, knock, and No Knock, warrants and pursuits.

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Criminal Investigations: Writing Believable Make-Believe

Three of the country’s top investigators and forensics experts present sessions on cybercrimes and  3D crime-scene mapping; learn what happens when a sexual assault victim seeks care in a hospital setting.

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Mystery and Murder: Transforming Reality into Fantastic Fiction

Journey into the minds of three top forensic experts and a #1 bestselling author.

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