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''Double, Double, Toil and Trouble'': The Dangers, Politics, and Misconduct in Police Work

Starts: April 1, 2018
Instructor: Wesley Harris

 

Class Description: Understanding the world of police work is essential to write accurately and realistically about cops and crime. Enhance your stories by revealing what happens behind the scenes beyond the crime-fighting—the fears, the infighting, the occasional transgressions.

 

This course is divided into three topics. The first week covers the dangers of police work, how cops are taught to survive and the mentality that can arise from that training to create an "us versus them" attitude. The next session explores office politics, how internal pressures and outside influences affect individual officers, their performance, and their stress level. The course wraps up with a detailed look at misconduct and corruption, its magnitude and how it occurs. The internal affairs process will be discussed, including what an officer goes through when accused of misconduct or involved in a critical incident.

 

Bio:  In addition to a law enforcement career spanning over 40 years, Wesley Harris has written professionally for over three decades, authoring several books and many articles on police procedure and American history. His work has appeared in national magazines like POLICE, Law Officer, Mature Living, Wild West, and America’s Civil War. He has served in nearly every position in law enforcement—patrol officer, detective, trainer, section commander, and police chief. Currently, he is a manager for Louisiana State Parks and serves on the criminal justice faculty of the University of Phoenix. He also operates WriteCrimeRight.com, a consulting and editing service for writers.


The Sizzling Scintillating Synopsis

Starts: April 1, 2018
Instructor:  Suzanne Purvis

 

Class Description: The goal of this class through lessons, assignments, and plenty of feedback is for you to come away with a sizzling, scintillating synopsis. A synopsis that will get the attention of an agent, editor, contest judge and prove you’re a professional and talented storyteller.

 

Bio: Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “Y'all.” An author of long, and short fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, and Women Who Write. You can find her work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks. www.suzannepurvis.com


 

To see all of KOD’s awesome workshops, go to: http://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin-classes. To register, go to: https://www.rwa.org/2018coffin. Workshops are $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Are you a Murderously-inclined Romance Writer? Join KOD! https://www.rwa.org/joinkod2018

 

From Kathy Crouch

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