Writing The Killer Crime Drama


Event Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013 || Speaker: Jennifer Dornbush || Check-in: 9:30 am || Event Timeframe: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The goal of the workshop is to come away with a solid set of ideas that can immediately be applied to your next crime drama once you get home. Writers will leave the workshop able to launch their next crime drama idea, characters, and basic plot points – all in just a few short hours!


**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.


Crime Scene


  • Discover the essential points of proof that will keep your crime story captivating.
  • Explore six types of evidence and apply them to your story.
  • Develop the five essential characters every crime story must have.
  • Grasp the six ingredients that make your story unique and memorable.
  • Learn the anatomy of crime drama structure.
  • Get your forensic questions answered and pointed to useful resources.


  • Writers of all crime fiction (thrillers, mysteries, procedurals, crime dramas, cop & legal shows)
  • Writers of all levels.
  • Writers of TV, film, novels, play, short stories.


  • To jump start a new crime story
  • To test out and refine your ideas
  • To get you out of the house and with other writers
  • To spur creativity and elevate your writing
  • To get a competitive edge on your screenplays, novels, plays, or stories



Jennifer Dornbush will also have her new book FORENSIC SPEAK available at a discounted rate for purchase and signing.

Long before American television was saturated with CSI, Jennifer Dornbush was living her own CSI adventure with her family in northern Michigan where her father worked as Medical Examiner from their home. Trained in death investigation from an early age, Jennifer has twenty years insight into the forensic world. To round out her knowledge of death investigation Jennifer completed over 360 hours of CSI training. She has used these experiences and training to scribe her book, Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas, from Michael Wiese Publishing, a monumental resource created for crime writers and crime drama fans.

Jennifer’s unique childhood has gifted her with uncanny fodder for storytelling, which she uses to pen crime stories for film and television. Most recently her half hour comedy, Home Bodies, was selected for Humanitas’ prestigious New Voices project. She has several films in development and pre-production. She is also developing a web series with Genuine Productions. On the lighter side of literature, Jennifer uses her children’s book, The Picadilly Children’s Ballet, to teach young children about the importance of cultivating joy in self and others.

Jennifer serves as adjunct professor of screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University. She received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Palos Heights, IL; and a Master’s Degree from DePaul University, Chicago.

Learn more and sign up for Jennifer’s Forensic Speak Newsletter at www.jenniferdornbush.com and look for her new book FORENSIC SPEAK at Amazon.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Sign-in 9:30 am)


Location of event:


520 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

**There is plenty of additional parking.



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