Public Safety Writers Association V.P. Interview WOTS 021

Welcome to a very special show here at ‘Words Off The Street’. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing  Public Safety Writers Association, Vice President John Schembra discussing his role in the Association and what it can do for you.

About the author & VP

John Schembra was born in Corning, New York in 1948 but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Drafted into the Army in 1969, he spent a year in Vietnam as a Military Policeman. After completing his military service, he joined the Pleasant Hill Police Department, retiring in 2001 as a Sergeant after 30 years of service. You can find his work at:

About the Association

Founded in 1997 as the Police Writers Club and governed by a Board of Directors, the Public Safety Writers Association is open to both new and experienced, published and not yet published writers.  Members include police officers, civilian police personnel, firefighters, fire support personnel, emergency personnel, security personnel and others in the public safety field.  Also represented are those who write about public safety including mystery writers, magazine writers, journalists and those who are simply interested in the genre.  The association also welcomes publishers, editors, agents and others who help writers realize their writing goals.

Benefits of membership include:

  • A members-only FREE one-time manuscript review by a professional editor
  • The members-only opportunity to enter our annual writing competition and become an official “award winning author.”
  • The opportunity to attend our annual conference at a reduced fee.
  • Members-only participation in our online listserv offering the chance to network with fellow writers and editors.
  • Members-only access to experts in the field about which you write, which helps you make every detail of your writing both accurate and interesting.
  • An online quarterly newsletter that includes both news about the organization but also invaluable information about writing, publishing, editing and marketing.



This episode was also brought to you by Xiphos Books & Training. Xiphos Books is responsible for books such as ‘Welcome to New Orleans… How many shots did you hear? Volume 1 and 2 as well as the fiction novel A Salty Life & A Traitor’s Death. Be sure to stop by their website and look at their books, training and public speaking dates.


Remember that next week we will be interviewing author of Fire Cop, RJ Beam who will be discussing his public safety writing as well as discussing other project of his own……………   DON’T MISS IT!

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