Forensic Shortcuts for Crime Drama & Procedural Writers

Event Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 || Speaker: Jennifer Dornbush || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

Join us for a crash course on reel versus real forensics that will help you create authentic and compelling stories!

  • Explore 10 common forensic misconceptions portrayed on-screen and how to turn them into writing tricks.
  • Learn the real life forensic facts behind every on-screen fabrication.
  • Pick up writing tips professionals use to take forensic shortcuts while still creating a script that is believable and entertaining!
**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.



Check-in begins at 12:30 pm. Event starts at 1:00 pm.

No Refunds. No Credits.


JenniJennifer-Dornbushfer Dornbush – The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer Dornbush actually lived it. As a daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home, she investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 10 years old. Since that first case she has had decades of on-sight experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy.

Jennifer now uses these experiences to pen crime fiction for film and TV. Her female-driven crime drama, The Coroner’s Daughter, is being developed for TV. And several of her crime pieces are in the pipeline with various studios and networks. Jennifer’s scripts have placed her on the short list of the Fox/Blacklist TV Program, Nichols, Austin, American Zoetrope, and NBC’s Writers on the Verge. Her half-hour forensic comedy, Home Bodies, received a Humanitas’ New Voices Award.

Wanting to share her love of forensics with other storytellers, she scribed Forensic Speak: How To Write Realistic Crime Dramas, published by Michael Wiese Productions, hailed as a north star to creating authentic crime dramas.

She regularly leads seminars on forensics and fiction for The Writers Store, Great American Pitchfest, Crime Writers Weekend, Sisters in Crime, Act One, Scriptwriters Network, Romance Writers of America, Screenwriters World Conference, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her bi-monthly Forensic Speak Newsletter reaches hundreds of writers with current forensic tips and developments.

Jennifer has worked on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Clear History; Paramount’s The Dictator; ABC’s Mixology; and Fox’s Let’s Be Cops. She also enjoys teaching screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University and Act One.

Join us on the Fourth Saturday at:

520 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004



**There is plenty of street parking.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm.

Members, please remember to bring your SWN membership card!

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