Monday, September 20, 2010
Public Safety Writers Association is a great conference for anyone writing about any of the public safety fields, fiction or non-fiction. As a mystery writer, I love this conference. Of course I have a vested interest because I'm the program chair.
This is a very different conference than most. The majority of the people who attend (and are members) are or were in some law enforcement field. Fortunately, they've embraced all the mystery writers who've joined and come to the conference.
Represented are police officers from all the corners of the US, FBI, Border Patrol, Airport police, police dispatchers, firemen, forensic and crime scene experts, a coroner, and no doubt I've forgotten someone.
Because it's a small conference--we try to keep it at 50 attendees, there is plenty of opportunity to get acquainted, ask questions, and make friends who will come in handy later on for research.
Yes, you can bring books for sale. The organization keeps 10% and takes care of the selling end.
You can take a peek at those who are speaking next July by going to http://www.policewriter.com though it's only a partial list.
And there are panels. We'll try to fit in anyone who'd like to be on a panel.
Three wonderful lunches (more like dinner) are included in the registration price--and of course, there is a break for those who register early.
I go to a lot of cons and conferences, and this is definitely my favorite, even if I am a bit prejudiced.