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November 12, 2016 - Catherine Bybee
How to increase newsletter subscribers and build a strong street team

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite series as well as the Weekday Brides series.

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December 2016 - Holiday Party - Members Only

January 14, 2017 - Writing a reporter into your next book? Get it right.
A panel of print, TV, and online journalists tell us how we’re getting it wrong.

February 11, 2017 - Kristan Higgins
Writing Dialogue

RITA-award-winning and NYT bestselling author Kristan Higgins will lead the group in a craft workshop on writing dialogue.

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus, and Romantic Times. She is a five-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction.

March 11, 2016 - Lee Lofland
How to think like an alpha cop

Whether you're writing a small-town sheriff or a big-city homicide detective, cops have some common characteristics. Expert Lee Lofland lets us in on their world: from badge bunnies to bad stationhouse coffee. He'll also share what the Writers' Police Academy has in store for its 2017 program.

Lee Lofland is the author of the Writers Digest bestselling book Police Procedure and Investigation, a Macavity Award nominee for best non-fiction mystery. Lee, a former police detective and recipient of the esteemed Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Award for Valor, is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedure and crime-scene investigation. As an expert, Lee has appeared on national television, BBC television, and on NPR's Talk of the Nation, and he has served as a consultant for numerous authors and for TV and film.
Lee's articles have appeared in newspapers, newsletters, blogs, and in magazines such as Writers Digest and The Writer, and on his popular blog, The Graveyard Shift, a site visited daily by thousands of readers from all over the world.
Lee has served as judge for the International Thriller Writers' Thriller Awards and for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards. Lee's latest release is "Murder on Minor Avenue", a true crime tale in the anthology Masters Of True Crime: Chilling Stories Of Murder And The Macabre (now available as an audiobook). Masters of True Crime is a collection of stories written by seventeen top true crime authors. His current projects are a novel and a new nonfiction book.
Lee is the founder and host of the wildly popular and thrilling Writers' Police Academy. Read more about Lee at and about the Writers' Police Academy at

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