Upcoming:

+ Three workshops for 2017 RWA Conference, July 2017

+ weekend UK writer retreat in Bath, November 2017

+ online classes for Savvy Authors

+ Workshop for Dreamspinner Author Retreat 2018

 

Testimonials

"If you haven't heard Geoff Symon's class on forensics and crime scene investigation, hurry. Fascinating, weirdly fun and totally accessible. A must for crime and suspense writers."

Kristan Higgins

(New York Times bestselling author)

"Shout out to Geoff Symon, whose forensic advice is helping to make my current work in progress bloody believable."

Christopher Rice

(New York Times bestselling author)

"When I have to write forensics scenes in my stories, my go-to source to get all the details right is Geoff Symon. His first-hand experience, as well as his ability to explain the world of crime scene investigations, have been invaluable resources. It's been a mystery to me why Geoff hasn't been writing his own stories. Now, thankfully, he is."   

Ron Marz

(Green Lantern, Witchblade, Adventures of Superman)

“Only Geoff Symon could make blood spatter so damned charming!”

Amy Lane

(Fish out of Water, Keeping Promise Rock)

“I think I just figured out how to fix my wounded, sorry, mush of a manuscript. Thanks Geoff Symon!”

Dev Bentham 

(Whistle Blower, August Ice)

Upcoming events:

 

Classes:

 

Scene of the Crime: perpetrating & investigating your fictional felonies

When you need your book to have a clue. This course gives you the basic tools to investigate your own fictional scenes.  Not only will you learn the fundamentals, but over the four-week course, each student will develop their own crime scene, fleshing it out further with every lesson’s homework.  Lessons include: Getting to the forensic basics; evidence: what’s important to your story vs. what’s important to an investigator, who’s at the scene and what their roles are, some primary methods used at crime scenes and fundamental terminology to bring in the authenticity.  (Handout)

 

Breaking News: exposing the forensics in true-crime headlines

Ever want to go deeper than the byline? From OJ to JonBenet to Casey Anthony, we'll discuss investigative concepts and techniques in the stories behind the headlines. Using the good and bad of a notorious case as a starting point, we'll provide a gritty realism you can use in your own stories.

 

Dead Right: autopsies for authors

Corpses pop up in every genre, from family funerals to violent crimes to creatures that won’t stay buried. This workshop introduces authors to the specifics of the postmortem, from time of death estimates to Y-incisions. Get the facts for your fiction – we’ll cover it all from cadaver to slab! (Handout)

 

Spatter Chatter: cleaning up your bloody scenes

Want to add blood to your scenes without making a mess? Whether it’s a drip or a bloodbath, this course explores the processing of blood at crime scenes and explains how investigators let the bloodstains recreate the crime. We’ll cover jargon, procedure and the properties of blood so you can make the spatter matter!

 

The Author’s Arsenal: writing weapons & wounds

Hurting your characters shouldn’t be a pain. This course covers different weapons and the wounds they inflict. We’ll discuss blunts, sharps, projectiles and walk through the injuries and risks possible with each. We’ll consider their impact on your scenes and plot so you can make certain they do the right kind of damage.

 

 Forensics for Fiction: make your crime pay

When writing crime scenes, what is the balance between accuracy and overkill?  Geoff Symon shares his experience as a 20-year Forensic Investigator with authors of every popular genre.  We'll visit the most common forensic flubs and fallacies while discussing true primary forensic methods and fundamental terminology to bring authenticity to the scene of your crime.

 

Committing Your Crime: the basics of making your story unlawful

Crime can amp up the stakes for your characters and turbo charge stories in any genre. From “Professor Plum in the Library with the candlestick” to “It rubs the lotion on its skin,” forensic details set the tone and build a world that readers want to inhabit. In four lessons, we’ll hit the basics of making your crime pay. You’ll learn how to unleash killer characters and a dastardly plot by committing to the perfect crime for you. 

  • Lesson 1 – The Crime. How does your crime magnify the story’s theme? What wrong is right for your book? 
  • Lesson 2 – The Perpetrator. How do you make your bad guy the heart of your story? 
  • Lesson 3 – The Victim. How do you choose the perfect prey? 
  • Lesson 4 – The Officers. How much do you follow the law in your book? How can investigative procedure transform your story’s appeal?

Offered as part of Savvy Authors Summer Symposium 2014

Online iteration for Savvy Authors (July 2016)

 

Heart Attack: a hard look at crimes of passion

When does passion become a crime?  Geoff Symon takes the twisted journey into betrayal, jealousy and rage while analyzing real-life fatal attractions.  He explores the infamous stories of O.J. Simpson, Lorena Bobbit, Brynn Hartman and Amy Fisher.  This is the class of lost loves and dire desires. 

 

Crime Scene Tape

 

Customized content

Crimes and investigation occur in every popular genre. Geoff is skilled at tailoring the details and gravity of his classes to the popular parameters of a given genre. Classes can be offered on topics ranging from the elements of a crime to prosecution and the legal system; from what makes a crime scene to the collection and preservation of evidence.

If you have a project or an organization with a healthy interest in nefarious activities, ask Geoff about building a class that meets your needs. He also offers one-on-one author consultation on individual projects.

 

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