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San Fernando (Zoom): Writing Realistic Police Procedures

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Adam Plantinga

Writing Realistic Police Procedures

Adam Plantinga

The San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club is pleased to welcome police veteran and author Adam Plantinga as the keynote speaker on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 pm via Zoom, with a presentation titled “Writing Realistic Police Procedures.”

Working on a crime story and want to sound authentic? Twenty-one year police veteran Sgt. Adam Plantinga will talk us through the various aspects of real-life police work crucial to writing a crime-related novel or screenplay, including:

1. Shots Fired/The Use of Force.

2. Investigations

3. Police Procedure and Culture

4. CSI

5. The Street.

He’ll discuss bullet wounds, eyewitness reliability, Miranda Rights, how hard it is to kick down a door, car chases, the myth of the lone investigator, and much more!

Plantinga was a Milwaukee police officer from 2001 to 2008, and is currently a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department assigned to street patrol. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and daughters.

His first book, 400 Things Cops Know, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won the 2015 Silver Falchion award for best nonfiction crime reference. The book was hailed as “truly excellent” by author Lee Child and deemed “the new Bible for crime writers” by The Wall Street Journal. Members might be interested to know that Adam went through ninety literary agents before he found a publisher for this book!

Next came another nonfiction work, Police Craft, then Adam moved on to fiction. His debut novel, Nothing Like Easy, about an ex-cop caught up in a prison riot, is scheduled to be released by Grand Central Publishing in late 2023.

For more information on this popular speaker, visit

Hope to see you there!All members of the CWC-SFV will receive a Zoom invitation to this presentation. Members of other CWC branches should contact Zoom host, Anat Wenick, by noon on May 5th at for an invitation to register. Guests may purchase admission at by noon on May 5th. After purchasing admission, guests will receive a Zoom invitation.  We regret we cannot accommodate late requests.

Non-members who wish to attend, please click below to pay $10.00 and receive your Zoom link. To ensure a timely response, registration  must be made at least 24 hours prior to the event.


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May 6
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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