Marni Graff Writers Workshop

  • 12 Nov 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM
  • Brown Library, Washington, NC


  • Discount member's price.
  • The Public is invited to attend.

Registration is closed

Saturday Writer's Workshop

November 12, 2016

Mini Writers Police Academy:
Getting Law Enforcement Right
(with Access to Corporal Sean Burk)

$15.00 members/ $20.00 non-members

10:00 am until 2:45 pm


George H. & Laura E Brown Library

122 Van Norden St, Washington, NC

(library access is off 2nd Street)

Hosted by
Pamlico Writers Group

A hands-on writing workshop featuring local award-winning mystery writer Marni Graff. Even if you don’t write crime fiction, chances are most genres will at one time or another contain some kind of law enforcement issue. Whether your romance character is involved in a traffic stop, or your young adult character gets arrested for something they didn’t do, you want to get the details right.

Workshop Instructor: Marni Graff

Grew up in Floral Park, Long Island, New York and lived there for most of her life before moving with her husband and youngest son to North Carolina. They settled on Montgomery Point on the Pungo River in rural Hyde County, where Marni enjoys writing on her screened porch overlooking the river while watching her dog frolick in the water.

Marni Graff, author of two mystery series, will give writers the benefit of her knowledge from attending Lee Lofland’s famed Writers Police Academy. She will cover topics such as separating the myths from the realities in several areas of criminal justice, and will explain search and seizure rules.

Corporal Sean Burk of Plymouth’s Police Department will be on hand to discuss topics ranging from weapons to traffic stops; from crime scenes to types of handcuffs; from APB’s to BOLO’s. There will be several hands on opportunities for writers in terms of fingerprinting, handcuffs, and other areas. He has asked writers who plan to attend to list any specific areas or equipment they might like to see first hand on the sign-up form. So he can make sure to address those areas.

Both Marni and Sean will be on hand to answer writers questions.

It’s our hope that attendees will come away with a greater sense of the realities of law enforcement to bring that sense to their scenes that contain any aspect we’ve discussed. Participants should bring a notebook along with any questions they have going into the day.

The Nora Tierney Mysteries - set in the UK

The Blue Virgin: A Nora Tierney Mystery (Oxford)

First place winner: Mystery and Mayhem award for British cozy, Chanticleer Book Media

Despite a planned move, the mysterious death of photographer Bryn Wallace keeps American writer Nora Tierney glued to Oxford in order to clear her close friend, artist Val Rogan, who has been wrongfully accused of Bryn's murder. Or has she?

The Green Remains: Book 2 (Lake District)

Shortlisted for Mystery and Mayhem Awards

American writer Nora Tierney is living at Ramsey Lodge in England's glorious Lake District, anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children's book and the birth of her first child. When Simon is implicated in the death, Nora dives headfirst into the murder investigation to discover the real killer.

The Scarlet Wench: Book 3 (Lake District)

Shortlisted, Best Mystery, Chanticleer Book Media

In the third Nora Tierney Mystery set in England, American writer Nora awaits the arrival of a traveling theatre troupe who will stage Noel Coward's play "Blithe Spirit" at Ramsey Lodge in the Lake District. When a series of pranks and accidents escalate to murder during a flood that traps everyone, Nora realizes her child is in jeopardy and determines to help Detective Inspector Declan unmask a killer.

Death Unscripted:A Trudy Genova

Manhattan Mystery

Trudy Genova has the best job any nurse could want, working on set as a medical consultant for a movie studio. No more uniforms, bedpans or emergencies, until the actor whose overtures she's refused dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene--but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she sets out on an investigation to clear her name. Then a second death occurs, and Trudy realizes she's put herself in jeopardy.

Marni is also a Managing Editor at Bridle Path Press and as Antie M., writes a weekly blog with book reviews ( ).

Be sure to mark November 12th on your calendar so you won't miss this interesting and informative workshop.

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