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Pat Conroy Literary Center – Beaufort, SC

How to Write Believable Law Enforcement Characters, Crime Scenes & Fight Scenes: Writing Workshop led by Dana Ridenour

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Law enforcement personnel are an integral part of crime fiction. Their roles range from those enforcing the law at street level up to the upper echelons of command. This discussion will include: The psychological toll of being a law enforcement officer, how to write realistic law enforcement characters and crime scenes, writing about firearms, understanding jurisdiction, writing realistic fight scenes and turning your real-life experiences into fiction. It will also delve into the importance of research.

Thursday, October 1/20; 6:00-8:00 p.m. $45/person. Limited to 15 participants. This workshop will be held as an online video conference call through Zoom. Details for joining the video call will be provided to all participating writers after registering. Course materials will be provided as email attachments.

Website: Facebook Event Page

About Dana Ridenour
Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent and author. She spent most of her career as an FBI undercover operative infiltrating criminal organizations. Dana’s first novel, Behind The Mask, is based on her personal experiences working as an undercover agent. Behind The Mask won numerous literary awards and was named one of the best indie books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Beyond The Cabin, the second novel in Dana’s FBI undercover series, is set in the South Carolina lowcountry and was awarded the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller or Suspense.

Dana’s third book, Below The Radar, was released on August 13, 2019 and was awarded the Hal Bernard Memorial Award for best novel presented by the Southeastern Writers Association. Dana lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, where she is working on her fourth novel. Learn more at

This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.
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