Former D.C. sex-crimes prosecutor and acclaimed novelist Allison Leotta will lead a full-day workshop about how to write realistically about crime on Feb. 9 at Ballston Conference Center Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

In What Crime Novels Get Right and Wrong Allison will teach you how to infuse your stories with gritty authenticity. Acclaimed author Alma Katsu will also participate in the presentation.

In addition to the morning session, Allison will moderate an afternoon panel.  Participants will include:

Alma Katsu is a former CIA and NSA analyst and acclaimed novelist.  Her debut, “The Taker,” was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by the American Library Association.  “The Reckoning,” the second book in the Taker trilogy, was published in June 2012, by Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster. 

Detective Wandella Fields is a detective in the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Offense Unit.

K.E. is an agent with the Department of Homeland Security, former Border Patrol Officer, and former U.S. Army Ranger.

Glenn Kirschner – Mr. Kirschner is the former Homicide Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, a former Army JAG Corp lawyer, and currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C.  For the past 15 years he has prosecuted murder cases in local and federal courts. Mr. Kirschner went to Washington & Lee University, where he was an All American football player, and New England School of Law.  He has served as an adjunct faculty member at GWU Law School.

Allison Leotta was a federal prosecutor in D.C. for twelve years. She now writes novels featuring – surprise! – a fictional D.C. prosecutor.  Law of Attraction was named one of the best books of 2010 by Suspense Magazine, and the sequel, Discretion, was nominated for Best Book of the Year by Romance Reviews Today. Allison is also the founder of the award-winning blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review.

We look forward to seeing you from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ballston Conference Center Marymount University in Arlington, Va.