What real-life details do writers most commonly get wrong? Our experts set the record straight. September 2014 Edition.
Masters of True Crime features 17 riveting tales written by some of the top true-crime writers in the world. Lee’s story, Murder on Minor Avenue, is a gripping tale of love, mass murder, and…dismemberment.
CSI…I don’t think so
Mystery writers, take note: A retired detective describes the not-so-glamorous life of a crime-scene investigator.
Setting the Record Straight
Your story may be fiction, but that’s no excuse for making factual blunders. These 4 experts expose the real-life details writers most commonly get wrong.
Writing Death: The Facts Of Murder.
An article by Lee Lofland.
Police Procedure & Investigation.
As part of the latest Writers Digest Books Howdunit series, Police Procedure and Investigation is an authoritative guide that provides insight into a cop’s world; the terminology used by police officers; an in-depth look at the tools of the trade; squad house hierarchy; legal terms; courtroom terminology; jail, gang, and convict slang; street talk; drug crime information; con air procedures; information on autopsies and death penalty executions; cadet training procedures; fingerprinting details; a breakdown of murder and manslaughter charges; and tons of other useful information; all the things that explain why and how cops do what they do. A retired police detective, Lofland gives the lowdown on how everyday folks, as well as writers and journalists, misunderstand or incorrectly portray how the police work. Find out what mistakes you’re likely to make in your work. This book is the next best thing to having a police detective personally assigned to the reader.
Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers
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The Writers’ Police Academy
The Writers’ Police Academy is held every year and offers an exciting and heart-pounding interactive and educational hands-on experience for writers to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, and forensics. Visit The WPA website to register!
Get to Know Lee Lofland
Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedure and crime-scene investigation, and is a popular conference, workshop, and motivational speaker.
Lee has consulted for many bestselling authors, television and film writers, and for online magazines. Lee has appeared as an expert on national television, BBC Television, and radio shows.
Lee is the host and founder of the Writers’ Police Academy, an exciting, one-of-a-kind, hands-on event where writers, readers, and fans learn and train at an actual police academy.