by M.A. Taylor
January 6-17, 2020
Prerequisite: Must have a story (at any stage of completion) featuring a law enforcement officer.
This workshop helps writers figure out realistic actions, motivations, and responses for their law enforcement characters. You’ll shove up your sleeves, get down in the dirt and participate by posting scenarios to see what works and why. Based on actual experience from her 20+ years in the field, Margaret Taylor presents a clear perspective on developing and shaping fictional cops, making them and their contacts ring true. Along with details on who to contact for more information — and insider tips on how to get it — you’ll learn:
- Basics of everyday police routine, from patrol through investigations
- What’s behind most law enforcement characters’ motivations
- How your cop’s actions help define his or her character
- Creating realistic goals and responses for people in law enforcement
- What each agency is responsible for; how task forces work
- The difference between innocuous pranks and war
- Why the legendary “gray area” is a cop’s best friend
M.A. Taylor spent more than twenty years in law enforcement. After seven years with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), she became a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice (DOJ), spending over a decade in Narcotics…including assignment to a Federal DEA-HIDTA Task Force. Margaret’s areas of expertise range from surveillance to wiretaps to tribal gaming, sexual predators, investigations and more.
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