Writing Credible FBI Characters

Murder One
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Class Dates: 
May 2 - 31
Elizabeth Heiter

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Back by popular demand!!  It’s crucial that characters in fiction are realistic, or you risk losing your reader.  This workshop will help you add realism to your FBI characters.  It will cover the basics (the difference between the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, what the FBI investigates, the difference between FBI agents and other staff), how the FBI works (the Academy; headquarters, field offices and resident agencies; divisions, squads and partnerships; the leadership structure; FBI acronyms), investigations (when the FBI gets involved; how investigations work; joint investigations; fingerprints, labs and forensics; specialty units), and handcuffs, weapons and other tools of the trade (handcuffs, weapons, badges and credentials, Bucars, special rules and regs).  It will also cover how to find more (and accurate!) information after the class ends.

Instructor Bio: 

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Elizabeth Heiter likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. To write credible FBI characters, Elizabeth has visited the FBI Academy and New York field office, spoken to numerous current and former federal agents, and has stacks of FBI research books. You can learn more about her at www.elizabethheiter.com.

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.