September 22, 2011. Road trip to
North Carolina for the Writers’ . After a car malfunction in Police Academy , my daughter and I barely made it to our destination in time for our first activity. We were two of the lucky winners for a tour of the jail to kick start the conference. And by the way – many thanks to Lee Lofland and the wonderful volunteers who ran the event. (Check out Lee Lofland’s blog – The Graveyard Shift for an overview of the Academy and other cool stuff!). West Virginia
The jail tour was awesome. The administrator took us all around the jail while explaining the entire process to us. There’s a lot to be said for first hand experience. As a mystery writer, you want to grasp the real feel of things.
We were physically standing in the “rec” area where the inmates spend their time when not confined in their cells. An octagon of cells along the far walls surrounded us. As we stood listening to the guide, you could see the male prisoners standing in their cell windows (think rooms with doors with a long, narrow window pane – not bars). Many of them stood there the entire time watching us. Major creep factor!
All in all it was an informative start to the conference.
Check back for more highlights next week!