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Oct.08.2012
  Fri­day after­noon ses­sions wrapped up with a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr. Eliz­a­beth Mur­ray, who spoke to us about foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. The topic was of spe­cial inter­est to me, because it’s at the core of my newest...
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Oct.04.2012
Con­tin­u­ing with recaps of the Writ­ers Police Acad­emy. A small group of us had the chance to go off site to an apart­ment build­ing the Sher­iffs Depart­ment used for train­ing exer­cises, to learn how to clear an apartment. Our instruc­tor, Lt...
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Oct.01.2012
Another fas­ci­nat­ing demon­stra­tion at the Writ­ers Police Acad­emy was watch­ing a team of fire­fight­ers “res­cue” an imag­i­nary patient trapped in the back of a vehi­cle. For safety rea­sons, they wouldn’t let any of us vol...
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Oct.01.2012
Another fas­ci­nat­ing demon­stra­tion at the Writ­ers Police Acad­emy was watch­ing a team of fire­fight­ers “res­cue” an imag­i­nary patient trapped in the back of a vehi­cle. For safety rea­sons, they wouldn’t let any of us vol...
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Sep.28.2012
Here are some shots from the Writ­ers Police Acad­emy in Greens­boro, NC. Gear car­ried by medics. They accom­pany SERT (Sher­iffs Emer­gency Response Team) on call outs and are trained the same way the SERT offi­cers are in addi­tion to their med­ical...
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Sep.27.2012
  Our first full day at the Writ­ers Police Acad­emy began with a park­ing lot full of law enforce­ment vehi­cles, equip­ment, and offi­cers ready to demon­strate and answer ques­tions. Two offi­cers from their respec­tive K-9 units brought dogs...
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Sep.26.2012
First, if you haven’t already signed up for my quar­terly newslet­ter, there’s still time to get on the mail­ing list so you can enter my “con­test.” This time, every­one who enters wins. Sign up here. I’m going to begin my recaps of the Writ­ers Police Acad­emy....
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Sep.17.2012
  I’m get­ting ready to leave for the Writ­ers Police Acad­emy later this week. Today is also Rosh Hashanah, the Jew­ish New Year (it’s 5773 in that cal­en­dar), which means there’s another chance to reflect on the pre­vi­ous year and another chance to...
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Sep.13.2012
When I was a kid, there was a rid­dle that asked why when you’re look­ing for some­thing, is it always in the last place you look? Because once you find it, you stop look­ing. When you’re craft­ing a mys­tery, the last thing that hap­pens is the mys­tery is...
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Sep.06.2012
  Dur­ing my recaps of the Mys­tery Writ­ers of Amer­ica Uni­ver­sity ses­sions, one point that was made by sev­eral pre­sen­ters was keep­ing track of what’s hap­pened in “real time” dur­ing your story. Even if you’re not a plot­ter...
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Sep.03.2012
For those of you with today off, I hope you take some time to enjoy it. And, I’d like to thank all who entered my char­ac­ter nam­ing con­test through my Sum­mer newslet­ter. The win­ner was Marta Chausée, and she’s named a char­ac­ter in my upcom­ing...
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Aug.30.2012
Con­tin­u­ing my series of recaps of MWA-University in Den­ver, July 11, 2012. The next pre­sen­ta­tion was given by Reed Far­rel Cole­man, an author and adjunct pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Hof­s­tra University. Cole­man began by...
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Aug.27.2012
  Con­tin­u­ing my recaps of the Mys­tery Writ­ers of Amer­ica Uni­ver­sity ses­sions, I’ll talk about char­ac­ter. This ses­sion was pre­sented by Laura DiS­il­ve­rio, who writes the Mall Cop mys­tery series and the Swift...
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Aug.23.2012
  Con­tin­u­ing with recaps from the Mys­tery Writ­ers of Amer­ica Uni­ver­sity pre­sen­ta­tions, I’m shar­ing Rex Burns’ les­son on Set­ting and Description. In his open­ing remarks, he told us “Story is num­ber one. It’s how you...
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Aug.20.2012
  Con­tin­u­ing my recap of sem­i­nars from the Mys­tery Writ­ers of Amer­ica Uni­ver­sity in Den­ver. Again, these point­ers will be rel­e­vant for all types of fic­tion, not only mystery. Our sec­ond speaker was Stan­ley...
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