Online Thriller School – International Thriller Writers

Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!

Plus a Bonus Study-to-Pitch Session!

Be a part of Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, F. Paul Wilson, Hank Phillippi Ryan,
David Corbett, Gayle Lynds, James Scott Bell and Kathleen Antrim.

In this eight-week program, which begins March 25, 2019 the craft of thriller writing shall be entrance and middle. Every teacher will train a facet of craft although a Fb Reside video, written materials that embrace additional reading and research strategies, and a whole week of on-line Q&A with the registered students. The aim is straightforward: To make every scholar a better author.

Attendance is restricted, and we bought out last yr, so register at present!

“Kudos to you and everyone at ITW for a great course. It has even surpassed my high expectations going in.”
~Thomas A. Berreman, former Online Thriller School scholar

Final yr’s Online Thriller School was an ideal success and college students came away with many new expertise for his or her writing software field. And this yr can be just as helpful to writers of all talent ranges.

Each writer is aware of that studying to write down nicely is a life-long pursuit and writers must not ever cease enhancing their craft. There are lots of fantastic books, courses, and online sources that may allow you to improve your storytelling craft, however where are you able to study immediately from one of the best? From New York Occasions bestselling and award-winning authors?

Proper here at ITW’s Sixth Annual Online Thriller School!

We’ve assembled a cadre of fantastic academics and subjects so please be a part of us and allow us to show you how to take your writing and storytelling to the subsequent degree.

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March 25 – 29: Steve Berry | Full Bio
Storytelling: The Artwork and Craft of Story

April 1 – 5: Grant Blackwood | Full Bio
Plot: What’s Occurring Here?

April 8 – 12: F. Paul Wilson | Full Bio
Character: The Individuals Who Drive The Story

April 15 – 19: Hank Phillippi Ryan | Full Bio
Level Of View: Whose Eyes Are You Wanting By way of?

April 22 – 26: David Corbett | Full Bio
Dialog: It’s Not Like Actual Conversation

April 29 – Might three: Gayle Lynds | Full Bio
Setting, Temper, Environment: Bringing the Proper “Feel” to Your Story?

Might 6 – 10: James Scott Bell | Full Bio
Voice: What Does A Good Story “Sound” Like?

Might 13 – 17: Kathleen Antrim | Full Bio
What If? Pitching Your Story


This yr’s eight-week program begins March 25, 2019, and as before the craft of thriller writing will probably be entrance and middle. Each instructor will train a facet of the craft via a real-time, Fb Stay video out there solely to the students who are registered for the Online Thriller School, often at 2pm (Japanese) though the schedule might range barely from week-to-week.

Students could have a chance to ask questions of every week’s teacher either during or instantly after the video presentation. You’ll even have time throughout the week to assessment the video lecture do you have to be unable to attend the reside broadcast, as well as ask any follow-up questions that you could be develop through the week. Additionally, you will be supplied with course materials, handouts, and studying options the place relevant.

All movies and Q&As might be out there all through the complete course, and for about 6 months thereafter.


Registration for the 8-week on-line course is $495.



When you’ve got any questions or if there’s anything that isn’t clear concerning the on-line course, please don’t hesitate to contact ITW’s Artwork Director and Website Administrator, Christopher Graham:

E mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 732-267-6449


Do I have to have web entry to participate in the course?

Yes, online access is required. You’ll additionally need a Fb account (which is free when you don’t have already got one), together with the will to study from nine of the publishing business’s most profitable authors and instructors.

What if I’m unable to attend some or all the stay broadcasts?

No drawback, attendance for all eight weeks isn’t obligatory. In case you are unable to attend every week you’ll nonetheless have the ability to view the video broadcasts and assessment the questions that have been requested. In case you are unable to attend a whole week you gained’t have the ability to ask questions of that week’s instructor, as each instructor is just scheduled for one week, however you will be able to evaluation the Q&A from the opposite college students and that week’s teacher.

Can I attend if I reside outdoors the US?

Yes! One of the causes ITW gives on-line courses is so that more individuals can take part each inside and out of doors the US. We find it’s typically troublesome for individuals to travel to Manhattan in July to participate in ThrillerFest and CraftFest, so the web Profession School and Thriller School are a good way for individuals to get the identical degree of instruction, but in a way more convenient method. The class can also be spread out over eight weeks, nine instructors complete, which makes it straightforward for individuals to take part at night time, mornings and round their work schedules. Your timezone should not be a problem in any respect, because the educational movies may be listened to and reviewed at your leisure. The web Q&A with every instructor will run all week, so there shall be plenty of time to ask questions and have your questions answered.

What’s a Fb Reside video?

Nice query! A Facebook Stay video is a handy means for anybody to create and broadcast a reside video in just a matter of minutes. You’ll be invited to the Online Profession School “Private” Fb group, where only you, the instructors, and the opposite college students who are registered could have entry to the trainer’s movies.

Is the Online Thriller School Fb group personal?

Yes. We’re using a Personal Facebook group for the web course that is by invite solely. The one individuals being invited are the instructors, directors and registered students.

What if I’m not very technical?

No drawback! So long as you might have access to e-mail, the Internet, and Fb, we may also help you take part within the class. ITW’s Website Administrator, Christopher Graham, might be obtainable by e-mail and telephone (732-267-6449) that will help you with any technical points and even to walk you through connecting to the weekly video and dialogue.

Will I be capable of take part on my smartphone and/or tablet?

Yes, you definitely can. In reality, we advocate you employ whatever gadget you’re most snug with when viewing Facebook. Most college students want to make use of their desktop or laptop pc, but in case you are snug using a special system we encourage you to take action.

What’s ITW? How can I be a part of?

ITW, the International Thriller Writers, is the premier organization for thriller writers. It is an honorary society of authors, each fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly categorized as “thrillers.” This would come with (however isn’t limited to) such subjects as homicide thriller, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, struggle, adventure, and myriad comparable topic areas. READ MORE

Enthusiastic about joining? Just click on on the next link: HOW TO JOIN ITW

What if I’ve extra questions, or if my questions haven’t been answered?

No drawback! Simply reach out to ITW’s Web site Administrator, Christopher Graham, by e mail or telephone (732-267-6449).



Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Occasions and #1 internationally bestselling writer of The Bishop’s Pawn, The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Menace, The Lincoln Fable, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Hyperlink, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies in 51 nations. They persistently seem in the prime echelon of The New York Occasions, USA As we speak, and Indie bestseller lists.

Historical past lies at the heart of each Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares together with his spouse, Elizabeth, which led them to create Historical past Matters, a foundation devoted to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the nation to save lots of endangered historic treasures, raising cash by way of lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their well-liked writers’ workshops. So far, over three,000 students have attended those workshops and almost one million dollars raised.

Steve’s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve it’s spokesperson for Nationwide Preservation Week. Among his different honors are the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Writer Award; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award given by Poets & Writers; the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and the Silver Bullet, bestowed by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work. He has also been chosen each the Florida and Georgia Writer of the Yr. He also at present serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. In 2010, a NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of many prime 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Regulation at Mercer College. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective workplace for 14 of these years. He’s a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a gaggle of over four,500 thriller writers from all over the world—and served three years as its co-president.



Grant Blackwood

The New York Occasions bestselling writer of the Briggs Tanner collection, (THE END OF ENEMIES, THE WALL OF NIGHT, and AN ECHO OF WAR) Grant Blackwood can also be the co-author of the Fargo Journey Collection (SPARTAN GOLD, LOST EMPIRE, and THE KINGDOM) with Clive Cussler, as well as the co-author of the #1 New York Occasions bestseller, DEAD OR ALIVE, with Tom Clancy, and the brand new thriller, THE KILL SWITCH, with James Rollins.

A U. S. Navy veteran, Grant spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer.

Grant lives in Arizona, the place he’s working his personal standalone collection starring a brand new hero.

To study extra about Grant and his work, please go to his web site.



F. Paul Wilson

F. Paul Wilson is the writer of fifty-plus books and numerous brief tales spanning science fiction, horror, adventure, medical thrillers, and nearly every little thing between. His novels often appear on the New York Occasions Bestsellers Listing. He was voted Grand Master by the World Horror Conference and acquired Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Horror Writers of America and the Libertarian Futurist Society. His works have acquired the Stoker Award, the Porgie Award, the Prometheus and Prometheus Corridor of Fame Awards, the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention, and the distinguished Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon. He’s listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who’s Who in America.

Over eight million copies of his books are in print in the US and his work has been translated into twenty-four languages. He also has written for the stage, display, and interactive media. Just lately he put his city mercenary character, Repairman Jack, on hiatus while he pursues other tasks. With Tom Monteleone he is writing a young-adult trilogy; DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS and FAMILY SECRETS are the first installments. His new mystery-adventure, THE GOD GENE, was launched in January.

Paul may be found online at



Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She’s gained 34 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The nationally bestselling writer of 11 novels, Ryan’s additionally an award-winner in her second career—with five Agathas, three Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and for  The Different Lady, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics name her “a master of suspense” and “a superb and gifted storyteller” and she or he is the one writer to have gained the Agatha in four totally different categories: Greatest First, Greatest Novel, Greatest Brief Story and Greatest Non-Fiction. Her novels have been named Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Hank’s present e-book is the acclaimed standalone psychological suspense thriller Belief Me (2018), which Suspense Journal’s reviewer calls “By far one of the best thrillers I’ve read in years.” The Booklist starred evaluation says “a knockout!” and the New York Publish, BOOK BUB, PopSugar, Real Easy Journal, CrimeReads and Legal Factor named it one of the Greatest Thrillers  of the yr.

Hank is a founding father of MWA College and past president of National Sisters in Crime. Her 2019 e-book is THE MURDER LIST, coming in August.

Visit Hank on-line at, on Twitter @HankPRyan, on Instagram @hankpryan and Fb at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.



David Corbett

For fifteen years, David Corbett labored for the San Francisco personal investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, and played a big half in quite a few high-profile felony and civil litigations, including the Lincoln Savings & Loan Case, the DeLorean Trial, the Coronado Firm marijuana indictments, the Cotton Club Homicide Case, the Individuals’s Temple Trial, the primary Michael Jackson baby molestation case, and a RICO civil litigation brought by the Teamsters towards former union leaders related to organized crime—in addition to quite a few other drug, murder, and fraud instances.

In 1995, David eased out of private investigation work to function “Man Friday” for his wife, Terri, as she launched her personal regulation apply, specializing in probate litigation, property planning, and small enterprise regulation. Sadly, Terri was recognized with ovarian cancer in September 2000, and in January 2001, passed away at age 46.

Six weeks earlier than Terri’s dying, Ballantine purchased David’s first novel, The Satan’s Redhead. Extensively praised, it was nominated for both the Anthony and Barry Awards for Greatest First Novel of 2002.

His follow-up, Finished for a Dime, was additionally broadly acclaimed (“the best in contemporary crime fiction … one of the three or four best American crime novels I’ve ever read.”—The Washington Submit), was named a New York Occasions Notable Ebook, and was nominated for the Macavity Award for Greatest Novel of 2003.

His third novel, 2007’s Blood of Paradise, was compared to the work of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, was chosen by Admiral James Stavridis, then Commander of the US Southern Command, for the SOUTHCOM reading record. It was additionally chosen one of the Prime Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007 by The Washington Publish and was nominated for an Edgar® Award.

His fourth novel, 2010’s Do They Know I’m Operating?, also garnered widespread reward (“a rich, hard-hitting epic” —Publishers Weekly, starred assessment), was named one of the prime ten crime fiction books of 2010 by January Journal, and was selected as Greatest Novel—Rising Star Class for the Spinetingler Award.

In 2013 he turned to non-fiction with the acclaimed writing information The Art of Character, described as a “writer’s bible that will lead to your character’s soul” by bestselling writer Elizabeth Brundage, selected by Barnes & Noble as one of many five craft guides each writer should have, and chosen one of many 13 Prime Picks for Writing Guides for 2013 by The Writer Magazine.

In 2015 he returned to fiction with both The Mercy of the Night time (” Superlative hard-boiled crime fiction with a robust emotional middle.” —Booklist, starred evaluate) and the novella The Satan Prayed and Darkness Fell (“As always with Corbett, it’s tough, compassionate, and powerfully written.” —Vince Keenan, Noir Metropolis), both that includes Phelan Tierney, “the St. Jude of the justice system.”

In 2018, David produced probably the most formidable novel of his career, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, a tour de pressure combination of epistolary novel, historical romance, courtroom drama, and action thriller.

David has also contributed chapters to The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet, serial audio thrillers that now have been mixed in a single onerous cover model titled Watchlist.

He teaches and provides seminars and workshops at conferences all through the USA, Canada, and Mexico; he’s a daily contributor to the writers’ blog Author Unboxed; and his articles on craft and concept have appeared in the New York Occasions, Narrative, Author’s Digest (where he is a contributing editor), The Writer, Zyzzyva, MovieMaker, Brilliant Ideas, Crimespree, Mystery Scene, and different retailers.



Gayle Lynds

New York Occasions bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning writer of ten worldwide espionage novels, together with THE BOOK OF SPIES and THE LAST SPYMASTER. Publishers Weekly lists her ebook MASQUERADE among the prime ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller author. Lee Baby says she’s “today’s best thriller writer.”

Gayle began her writing career as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, the place her investigative reporting made such an impression that it led to modifications in state laws. Later she was an editor with uncommon Prime Secret safety clearance at a government assume tank, where assorted shadowy figures passed by way of. She was intrigued and impressed. Soon she started writing literary brief stories, which have been revealed in literary journals, and at the similar time in what some thought-about to be certainly schizophrenic, she additionally wrote male pulp journey novels set around the globe in the Nick Carter and Mack Bolan collection.

Her first Gayle Lynds novel, MASQUERADE, was a New York Occasions bestseller and a Individuals journal “Page-Turner of the Week.” THE LAST SPYMASTER gained Greatest Novel from both the American Authors Association and the Army Writers Society of America. THE COIL gained Greatest Modern Novel from Affaire de Coeur. MOSAIC was RT Thriller of the Yr. MESMERIZED was a Daphne du Maurier Award greatest novel finalist. About her work, reviewers have written: “superb,” Chicago Tribune; “immensely satisfying,” Wall Road Journal; “a potent storyteller,” Denver Submit; “teeth-grinding suspense,” Publishers Weekly; “roller-coaster thrills,” Los Angeles Occasions; “terrific,” Cosmopolitan journal; and “authentic,” Chicago Solar-Occasions.

With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One Collection and wrote three of the novels. The primary one, THE HADES FACTOR, was a CBS miniseries. One other, THE PARIS OPTION, was a Individuals magazine “Beach Read of the Week.”

A member of the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, she cofounded International Thriller Writers with David Morrell and was copresident for a number of years. ITW’s annual conference is ThrillerFest, which is held in New York in July. She lives in Maine together with her husband, John C. Sheldon, three computer systems, and two opinionated cats.

To study extra about Gayle, please visit her web site.



James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is a winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the writer of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot & Construction (Author’s Digest Books). An inventory of his thrillers could also be found HERE. His well-liked books on the craft of fiction may be discovered HERE.

Jim has taught writing at Pepperdine College and at writers conferences in america, Canada, Nice Britain, Australia and New Zealand. He and London.attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver, and graduated with honors from the College of Southern California Regulation Middle.

A former trial lawyer, Jim appeared as an skilled commentator on Good Morning America, CBS radio, and in Newsweek  magazine through the O. J. Simpson homicide trial. His e-book on search and seizure regulation is the leading authority in its area, used extensively by legal professionals and judges all through California day by day. He lives and writes in his hometown of Los Angeles.

To study more about Jim, please go to his web site.



Kathleen Antrim

Kathleen Antrim is the award-winning writer of the bestselling political thriller, “Capital Offense.”  As a nationwide correspondent and columnist, she wrote for “NewsMax Magazine,” the “San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Examiner Newspapers,” and was featured weekly on KSFO radio and the nationally syndicated show, “Battle Line.”  Antrim has appeared on such tv exhibits as “Hannity and Colmes.”

She worked on Capitol Hill behind the scenes within the U.S. Senate, while researching and writing the biography of former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen.

Her brief story, “Through a Veil Darkly,” is featured in the anthology, “Thriller 2,” edited by Clive Cussler.

She has taught artistic writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the winner of the Rupert Hughes Award for fiction.  After serving 5 years on the Vice President on National Occasions, and operating ThrillerFest, for the International Thriller Writers she turned Co-President of the organization.

Antrim was born in California, but spent most of her childhood in Avon Lake, Ohio.  After graduating from Bowling Inexperienced State University, she moved to Littleton, Colorado where she labored in advertising and gross sales with the Gillette Company.  As a Major Market Manager, she was relocated to Northern California the place she met her husband and stayed.

Her family, nevertheless, wasn’t to be excluded from her life within the Golden State, having adopted the philosophy that family ought to be like a nasty rash and never go away.  So, one by one, they adopted her to California.  Now, all the clan lives within a five-mile radius of each other, where they follow the All-American family sport of blissful dysfunction.

Antrim spent years working to boost cash for youngsters in need.  She is a founder of the Ruby Hill Giving Thanks Ball, and a past President of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Basis Board of Directors.  These charities have raised greater than $2 million for youngsters.  She also served on the ValleyCare Hospital Basis Board of Administrators, and is presently an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors for Los Positas School.

She serves on the Board of Directors, and is Co-President, of International Thriller Writers. Antrim can also be on the Board of Administrators for the San Francisco Writers Convention, a member of the Authors Guild, the National Press Club, and Mystery Writers of America.