APRIL 21, 2018


Morning Session:
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. Geoff Symon talks through the law, evidence concepts and the real life people who process crime scenes. He’ll visit the most common forensic flubs and fallacies while discussing true primary forensic methods and fundamental terminology to breathe life into the scene of your crime.

Afternoon Session:
FORENSICS FOR FICTION: make your crime pay
When writing about crime and investigations, what is the balance between accuracy and overkill? Geoff Symon shares his experience as a 25-year Forensic Investigator with authors of every popular genre. Learn about actual forensic techniques and terminology in order to avoid common fictional mistakes. Come with forensic questions to this interactive session, and we’ll bring authenticity to the scene of your crime.


Best Western Seven Seas
411 Hotel Circle South
San Diego 92108
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$35for Members (paying by Tuesday, April 17th)
$40for Guests (must be over age 18) and member late registration (by noon Friday, April 20th)
$45for Members or Guests at the door


Geoff Symon

Geoff Symon is a Federal Forensic Investigator, Polygraph Examiner, teacher and consultant. His participation in high-profile cases includes the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, the Chandra Levy investigation, among countless others over his 20-year career. He has specified and certified training in the collection and preservation of evidence, blood-spatter analysis, autopsies and laboratory techniques. For the past several years, he has shared his expertise by teaching authors about real-life forensics through lectures, online courses, and his Forensics For Fiction series of books.

Meeting Agenda:

9:30 to 10:00 Check In - Networking (coffee and tea)
10:00 Welcome - Introductions & Announcements
10:15 Morning Session
12:00 Lunch (see menu)
1:00 Chapter Business Meeting
1:30 Afternoon Session
3:00 Meeting Adjourned