Did you ever wonder how accurate those TV crime dramas are? Do characters in your writing encounter violence? Commit violence? Are you confident of the accuracy when you write about death and dying?
Your work doesn’t have to be a contemporary setting for the expertise of Lyell P. Cook to be relevant and helpful. Whether your setting is medieval, futuristic, or the civil war, causes of death have similarities. Are you getting the details correct?
Thursday, May 16th, Lyell P. Cook will answer all the questions you might have about death and investigations into timely or untimely demise in a three hour intensive workshop, Coroners: Their history, What they do, What they see.
The intensive workshops are held the day before the 32nd Annual Pennwriters Conference starts. You don’t have to attend the conference to take the intensives.
For more information on Lyell, go to this page on the PW Website. If you’re not sure if this if for you, read these responses from previous attendees of this workshop.
…He was very interesting and gave me ideas on killing someone (in my book). He gave lots of stats in the area, showed some not so pleasant pictures of what he has seen, etc. He answered a lot of questions the group had that were helpful for their book like how to poison someone, etc.
The guy has a wealth of knowledge under his belt and can be quite humorous. I enjoyed it….
It was Lyell P. Cook … excellent job because he had prepared “writerly” information (and dozens of rather graphic images) in an impressive PowerPoint presentation.
Someone with a wealth of information and a good sense of humor like Lyell would be an excellent speaker at the annual conference.
…..He explained the difference between the coroner and the medical examiner. There were lots of slides on different deaths. And stuff like paper bags on hands, and not to cut down a hanging victim. How evidence was collected and processed. I remember something about a national registry for propeller blades on boats the same as for shoe prints. He talked about estimating time of death and procedure for collecting evidence in an investigation. There were slides on entry and exit bullet wounds, and maybe knife wounds, too. I can’t remember it all, but there was tons of information and people asked lots of specific questions related to whatever book they might be working on….
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