09/19/2013: Publishing Contract Basics and Beyond

What’s it like to hold a Glock and have to decide whether or not to pull the trigger when a routine police traffic stop suddenly turns dangerous? How are human traffickers flushed out and arrested? Why are K-9 dogs purchased only from outside of the United States? The Writers’ Police Academy is an intense, three-day immersion into the world of law enforcement. Lee Lofland, a retired Virginia State Trooper organizes this annual event held in North Carolina at the Guilford Community Technical College—a real police training facility. Joya will share information and lots of pictures about what she learned last September when she attended this training, including the following:

  • How police document and process a crime scene.
  • Women’s personal protection (what you should and should NOT do if attacked).
  • K-9 dogs and their trainers.
  • Drug interdiction. Who’s transporting drugs (hint: NOT who you think) and what sort of hiding places are they using?
  • Fire Arms Training Simulator (what it feels like to make sudden, life-altering decisions with a loaded gun in your hand).
  • Undercover cops: what kind of personality/skills does one need?
  • What pet peeves do cops have when reading books about crimes?
  • Why do electric cars cause new problems for EMTs and police at crash sites?
  • What’s it like to wear bomb squad gear.
  • What happened on a police ride-along and what types of things are police looking for when they decide to pull over a car?
  • Lots more!


Speaker: Joya Fields

Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty-five years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.