Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas


It’s all in the details.

Crime stories have always intrigued viewers and storytellers. Today, crime shows rule the airwaves and there is truly a procedural drama out there for every personality and every writer.

Born out of the author’s real-life experiences growing up around death investigation, Forensic Speak unlocks the secrets of forensic science for writers and fans alike. With a filmography of 100 film and TV examples and 80 additional resources, the book provides writers direct access to hundred of ways to make their crime writing more authentic. This is forensics finally explained in lay people’s terms, taking readers behind the crime tape, lab doors, and into the morgue, to learn how things are really handled.

• Great resource for fact-checking scripts and stories
• Glossary of 300+ forensic terms
• Designed as a workbook for artists to enhance crime writing
• Exercises to get writers and producers thinking like investigators
• 100+ professional resources, including the author s secret picks
• Hundreds of tips on how to use forensic science authentically in your writing
• 80+ TV and film examples that show how forensic science can be applied across all genres




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Meet The Author

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.

As an award-winning film scribe, TV writer, and novelist, Jennifer delivers story tools that will help you create high stakes, entertaining crime dramas while incorporating current and authentic forensic methods.

She has distinct knowledge of 14 different forensic disciplines and has served as a forensic consultant for TV and film.  She regularly leads seminars on crime writing and forensics for writers in the U.S. and abroad.

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