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Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Blood, Sweat, and Tears – Writing Realistic Scenes from the Front Seat of an Ambulance

  1. Terms, slang, assorted bullshit.
  2. EMS titles, education, and scope of practice (around the world).
  3. What’s in an Ambulance? Tools of the trade.
  4. Police, firemen, and EMS mingle + who transports the body?
  5. What does a real ___________ look like?
    • Car accident
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Stabbing
    • Poisoning
    • Shootings
  6. Drugs, overdoses, and antidotes.
  7. Explosions, falls, and blunt force trauma.
  8. Weird shit that’s really happened.
  9. How to cope without going bonkers.
  10. Writing realistic trauma with all five senses.
  11. Write your scene, get it critiqued by Jeff and Julie.
  12. Question free-for-all

This workshop is taught in tandem between Jeff Petrock and his favorite mother-in-law Julie Rowe. The pair pull no punches and participants can expect gruesome details, detailed critiques, and mildly bad language.


Julie Rowe

Full-time author and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she still resides (despite a wildfire forcing the entire city to evacuate on May 3, 2016). Julie’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series. Julie’s articles have appeared in magazines, such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent magazine and Canadian Living.

Julie facilitates communication workshops at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. She’s also a strong supporter of life long learning and moderates a free announcement loop for the promotion of online classes, workshops and webinars.

You can find her at, on Twitter @julieroweauthor, or at her Facebook page:

Jeffrey Petrock has been a primary care paramedic for 5 years, and is currently a student advanced care paramedic. Working in rural Alberta, Canada has provided an exciting work life. He’s responded to calls ranging from gun shots to sword wounds and heart attacks to horse attacks. Jeff teaches First Aid for Babysitters, Enhanced First Aid, Health Care Provider CPR, Spinal Motion Restriction, Oxygen Administration and Airway Management. His students have varied in age from 11 to 80.



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