Join us for our nineteenth annual PSWA conference aka the Notorious Nineteen
JULY 11 -14 2024
To book your hotel room at The Orleans please follow this link to get the group booking site and our discount rate. If you are asked for a code it is PSWG24C
Paul Bishop – The Art of Interrogation
Novelist, screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop is a nationally recognized behaviorist and expert in deception detection. During his 35 year career with the Los Angeles Police Department his high profile Special Assault Units regularly produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rates in the city. Twice selected as LAPD’s Detective of the Year, he continues to present interview and interrogation seminars to law enforcement agencies nationwide, as well as acting as a consultant in both criminal and civil investigations. Paul also starred as the lead interrogator and driving force behind the ABC TV reality show Take the Money and Run from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Also a well-known novelist Paul’s novels include the award winning Lie Catchers and five books in his LAPD Homicide Detective Fey Croaker series. He has also written numerous scripts for episodic television and is the Acquisitions Editor for Wolfpack Publishing.
Gloria Casale and Janet Gregor – Poisons and Other Nefarious Ways to Kill
Poisons are an interesting alternative to guns in a mystery novel. However, the writer needs to consider these questions when selecting a poison:
- Is the poison lethal in small, undetectable dose(s)?
- What are the characteristics of the victim? Some individual (i.e. elderly) take multiple medications and might not notice a small change in their pills.
- Does the murderer have access to poison(s)?
- Are traces of the poison easy to detect? Labs generally test for only a limited number of substances in blood.
They hope you’ll have fun picking your poison.
Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro – Writing with a Partner—Are Two Heads Better Than One?
Award winning authors Colin Conway and Frank Scalise, who writes under the name Frank Zafiro, have collaborated on both a series of novels and short story anthologies. The two ex-coppers and prolific writers will give you their insights on what it’s like to work with a partner in a creative collaboration. Find out the essential ingredients of successful collaboration
Scott Decker – The Ins and Outs of Copyright Infringement
Retired FBI agent and award winning author R. Scott Decker recently will tell you what you need to know about copyrights, infringement, and legal measures to ensure your rights. Scott speaks from personal experience, having recently gone through a protracted legal case of copyright infringement case against a major studio regarding a cable TV show book, Recounting the Anthrax Attacks: Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force and Evolution of Forensics in the FBI. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your work.
Pre-Conference Workshop (Optional add-on event)
We will once again be hosting the The Pre-Conference Workshop from 0900 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on July 11th. Learn various writing techniques from published writers and get up to 30 pages of your manuscript privately critiqued.