International Thriller Writers Inc
ITW represents professional thriller authors from around the world.
Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!
Join Stephen James, D.P. Lyle, Robert Dugoni, Gayle Lynds,
Andrew Gross, Linwood Barclay and Heather Graham!
In this seven-week program, which begins April 7th, 2014, the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a podcast, written materials that include further reading and study suggestions, and an entire week of online Q&A with the registered students. The goal is simple: To make each student a better writer.
Attendance is limited, so register today. Visit ITW’s Online Thriller School for more information.
This year is the 10th Anniversary of ITW, and we are thrilled to be honoring 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak. We’ll also be welcoming back 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice and 2013 Silver Bullet Award recipient Steve Berry.
With the upcoming release of ITW’s Thriller 4 Anthology, FACEOFF, we’re pleased to be showcasing the contributing authors, including David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson. You won’t want to miss this incredible line-up, so please sign up today!
Best First Sentence Contest
To celebrate our first year of Master CraftFest, a one-day intensive retreat on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, we are running a special event called the Best First Sentence Contest. All you need to do is send your VERY best first sentence (for a novel) along with your name, email address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a critique of 10 pages of your work.
Five winners will be selected, and the Master CraftFest teachers—Steve Berry, Steven James, John Lescroart, and David Morrell—along with CraftFest Director, D.P. Lyle, MD will be choosing their favorite sentences and critiquing ten pages of the winners’ work. This is an incredible opportunity for feedback, whether you are an aspiring writer or a seasoned author.
Visit The ThrillerFest Website for more information.
If you prefer to mail your registration, you can download and print the appropriate registrations forms here:
During a gala banquet and celebration held on Saturday, July 13 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2013 Thriller Awards.
BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL
Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL
Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)
BEST FIRST NOVEL
Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)
BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL
CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)
BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)
BEST SHORT STORY
John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)
Also receiving special recognition during the ThrillerFest VIII Awards Banquet:
Anne Rice, ThrillerMaster
in recognition of her legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre
Steve Berry, Literary Silver Bullet Award
USO, Corporate Silver Bullet Award
The board of directors and members of the International Thriller Writers wish to congratulate all the winners and nominees of the 2013 Thriller Awards.
SIMON & SCHUSTER TO PUBLISH INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS ANTHOLOGY
New York, N.Y., July 9, 2013 – In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers will pair their series characters in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and to be published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.
The stories in Face Off will feature such pairings as Michael Connelly’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch joining forces with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie in the story Red Eye and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport teaming up with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme in Rhymes with Prey. All of the contributors are ITW members and the project will be edited by ITW member and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, who says, “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for readers. It’s only through ITW that we were able to bring these literary legends toe to toe. I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.”
Senior Editor Sarah Knight acquired world rights to Face Off, the fourth anthology that ITW has published and the first with Simon & Schuster. Knight says, “This will be a treasure trove for thriller fans—it doesn’t get any better than these writers, with these characters, all in one blockbuster book.”
S&S plans to publish in June 2014, just in time to celebrate at ThrillerFest, the gathering of ITW that happens each July in New York City. Already, foreign rights have been sold to Great Britain, with more sales to come.
ITW is represented by Dan Conaway of Writer’s House. Each author has donated his or her story and all of the proceeds from the book go to fund ITW, which charges no dues to its members. “It’s part of what we do, as ITW members,” said New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry, who will serve as managing editor working with Baldacci.
The full list of contributors is a who’s who and includes: Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson.
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.simonsays.com.
Last fall, ITW members Kathleen Antrim, Brad Meltzer, Andy Harp, Michael Connelly, and Joseph Finder traveled across the Middle East as members of the third installment of the ITW-USO tour in a hectic 10-day schedule that covered multiple bases and lots of ground in four countries.
Members of the tours try their best to touch as many lives as they can. This year, as a token of appreciation, the ITW gave a challenge coin to the troops. The coin, known well in the military, signifies a gift from a command. Here, the command is the tour group Operation Thriller III and the coin reflects the logo of the ITW.
Behind-the-scenes work goes on for months before the tour begins. Representatives with the USO, Armed Forces Entertainment, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program (called the MWR), the ITW, 5.11 Tactical, and security forces on the ground, all work together to coordinate schedules, transportation, meals, lodging and a host of other details to get five writers to as many troops as possible in the time allowed.
Brown University Library and the International Thriller Writers, Inc. are collaborating to identify, acquire, preserve, promote and make accessible for scholarly research ITW’s organizational records that have long-term research potential and the personal and professional papers of selected authors who are members of ITW. Together, ITW and Brown are developing a Thriller Writers Archive to join the Brown University Library’s Special Collections.
“ITW was founded in large part to carve out a unique identity for the Thriller genre,” writes ITW’s Jon Land, “and what better way to serve that mission that than to establish the first ever dedicated Thriller Archive at Brown University’s esteemed John Hay Library. Doing so will further ITW’s footprint and legitimacy, enabling us to better and more fully serve our membership and the genre as a whole. Because what’s good for Thrillers in general is good for the organization and the members who make us what we are in particular. A big step in the right direction, but just one of many.”
You can read more about the gala kickoff event on Brown University’s website.