Online Thriller School

Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!

Plus a Bonus Learn-to-Pitch Session!

Join 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 will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a Facebook Live video, written materials that include further reading and study suggestions, and an entire week of on-line Q&A with the registered students. The goal is simple: To make each student a better writer.

Attendance is limited, and we sold out last year, so register today!


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 student



Last year’s Online Thriller School was a great success and students came away with many new skills for their writing tool box. And this year will be just as useful to writers of all skill levels.

Every writer knows that learning to write well is a life-long pursuit and writers must never cease improving their craft. There are many wonderful books, classes, and online sources that will help you improve your storytelling craft, but where can you learn directly from the best? From New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors?

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

We have assembled a cadre of excellent teachers and topics so please join us and let us help you take your writing and storytelling to the next level.

SCHEDULE    |    HOW IT WORKS    |    REGISTRATION    |    CONTACT    |    FAQ    |    BIOS


SCHEDULE

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

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

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

April 15 – 19: Hank Phillippi Ryan | Full Bio
Point Of View: Whose Eyes Are You Looking Through?

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

April 29 – May 3: Gayle Lynds | Full Bio
Setting, Mood, Atmosphere: Bringing the Right “Feel” to Your Story?

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

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


HOW IT WORKS

This year’s eight-week program begins March 25, 2019, and as before the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of the craft through a real-time, Facebook Live video available exclusively to the students who are registered for the Online Thriller School, usually at 2pm (Eastern) although the schedule may vary slightly from week-to-week.

Students will have an opportunity to ask questions of each week’s instructor either during or immediately after the video presentation. You’ll also have time throughout the week to review the video lecture should you be unable to attend the live broadcast, as well as ask any follow-up questions that you may develop during the week. You will also be provided with course materials, handouts, and reading suggestions where applicable.

All videos and Q&As will be available throughout the entire course, and for approximately 6 months thereafter.


REGISTER

Registration for the 8-week online course is $495.

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CONTACT

If you have any questions or if there is anything that is not clear about the online course, please do not hesitate to contact ITW’s Art Director and Website Administrator, Christopher Graham:

Email: ITWOnline@thrillerwriters.org

Phone: 732-267-6449


FAQ

Do I have to have internet access to participate in the course?

Yes, online access is required. You’ll also need a Facebook account (which is free if you don’t already have one), along with the desire to learn from nine of the publishing industry’s most successful authors and instructors.

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

No problem, attendance for all eight weeks is not mandatory. If you are unable to attend each week you will still be able to view the video broadcasts and review the questions that were asked. If you are unable to attend an entire week you won’t be able to ask questions of that week’s instructor, as each instructor is only scheduled for one week, but you will be able to review the Q&A from the other students and that week’s instructor.

Can I attend if I live outside the US?

Yes! One of the reasons ITW offers online classes is so that more people can participate both inside and outside the US. We find it’s often difficult for people to travel to Manhattan in July to take part in ThrillerFest and CraftFest, so the online Career School and Thriller School are a great way for people to get the same level of instruction, but in a much more convenient way. The class is also spread out over eight weeks, nine instructors total, which makes it easy for people to participate at night, mornings and around their work schedules. Your timezone should not be a problem at all, since the instructional videos can be listened to and reviewed at your leisure. The online Q&A with each instructor will run all week, so there will be plenty of time to ask questions and have your questions answered.

What’s a Facebook Live video?

Great question! A Facebook Live video is a convenient way for anyone to create and broadcast a live video in just a matter of minutes. You’ll be invited to the Online Career School “Private” Facebook group, where only you, the instructors, and the other students who are registered will have access to the instructor’s videos.

Is the Online Thriller School Facebook group private?

Yes. We are using a Private Facebook group for the online course that is by invite only. The only people being invited are the instructors, administrators and registered students.

What if I’m not very technical?

No problem! As long as you have access to email, the Internet, and Facebook, we can help you participate in the class. ITW’s Website Administrator, Christopher Graham, will be available by email and phone (732-267-6449) to help you with any technical issues and even to walk you through connecting to the weekly video and discussion.

Will I be able to participate on my smartphone and/or tablet?

Yes, you certainly can. In fact, we recommend you use whatever device you are most comfortable with when viewing Facebook. Most students prefer to use their desktop or laptop computer, but if you are comfortable using a different device we encourage you to do so.

What is ITW? How can I join?

ITW, the International Thriller Writers, is the premier organization for thriller writers. It is an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This would include (but isn’t limited to) such subjects as murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and myriad similar subject areas. READ MORE

Interested in joining? Just click on the following link: HOW TO JOIN ITW

What if I have more questions, or if my questions have not been answered?

No problem! Just reach out to ITW’s Website Administrator, Christopher Graham, by email or phone (732-267-6449).

REGISTER TODAY!


INSTRUCTOR BIOS


Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Bishop’s Pawn, The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, 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 Link, 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 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, over 3,000 students have attended those workshops and nearly a million dollars raised.

Steve’s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve it’s spokesperson for National Preservation Week. Among his other honors are the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author 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 both the Florida and Georgia Writer of the Year. He also currently serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. In 2010, a NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of over 4,500 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.

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Grant Blackwood

The New York Times bestselling author of the Briggs Tanner series, (THE END OF ENEMIES, THE WALL OF NIGHT, and AN ECHO OF WAR) Grant Blackwood is also the co-author of the Fargo Adventure Series (SPARTAN GOLD, LOST EMPIRE, and THE KINGDOM) with Clive Cussler, as well as the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, DEAD OR ALIVE, with Tom Clancy, and the 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, where he is working his own standalone series starring a new hero.

To learn more about Grant and his work, please visit his website.

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F. Paul Wilson

F. Paul Wilson is the author of fifty-plus books and numerous short stories spanning science fiction, horror, adventure, medical thrillers, and virtually everything between. His novels regularly appear on the New York Times Bestsellers List. He was voted Grand Master by the World Horror Convention and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Horror Writers of America and the Libertarian Futurist Society. His works have received the Stoker Award, the Porgie Award, the Prometheus and Prometheus Hall of Fame Awards, the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention, and the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon. He is 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, screen, and interactive media. Recently he put his urban mercenary character, Repairman Jack, on hiatus while he pursues other projects. 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 released in January.

Paul can be found online at www.RepairmanJack.com.

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She’s won 34 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The nationally bestselling author of 11 novels, Ryan’s also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, three Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and for  The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her “a master of suspense” and “a superb and gifted storyteller” and she is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her novels have been named Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Hank’s current book is the acclaimed standalone psychological suspense thriller Trust Me (2018), which Suspense Magazine’s reviewer calls “By far one of the best thrillers I’ve read in years.” The Booklist starred review says “a knockout!” and the New York Post, BOOK BUB, PopSugar, Real Simple Magazine, CrimeReads and Criminal Element named it one of the Best Thrillers  of the year.

Hank is a founder of MWA University and past president of National Sisters in Crime. Her 2019 book is THE MURDER LIST, coming in August.

Visit Hank online at HankPhillippiRyan.com, on Twitter @HankPRyan, on Instagram @hankpryan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.

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David Corbett

For fifteen years, David Corbett worked for the San Francisco private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, and played a significant part in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigations, including the Lincoln Savings & Loan Case, the DeLorean Trial, the Coronado Company marijuana indictments, the Cotton Club Murder Case, the People’s Temple Trial, the first Michael Jackson child molestation case, and a RICO civil litigation brought by the Teamsters against former union leaders associated with organized crime—as well as numerous other drug, murder, and fraud cases.

In 1995, David eased out of private investigation work to serve as “Man Friday” for his wife, Terri, as she launched her own law practice, specializing in probate litigation, estate planning, and small business law. Sadly, Terri was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September 2000, and in January 2001, passed away at age 46.

Six weeks before Terri’s death, Ballantine purchased David’s first novel, The Devil’s Redhead. Widely praised, it was nominated for both the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Novel of 2002.

His follow-up, Done for a Dime, was also broadly acclaimed (“the best in contemporary crime fiction … one of the three or four best American crime novels I’ve ever read.”—The Washington Post), was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was nominated for the Macavity Award for Best 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 list. It was also selected one of the Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007 by The Washington Post and was nominated for an Edgar® Award.

His fourth novel, 2010’s Do They Know I’m Running?, also garnered widespread praise (“a rich, hard-hitting epic” —Publishers Weekly, starred review), was named one of the top ten crime fiction books of 2010 by January Magazine, and was selected as Best Novel—Rising Star Category for the Spinetingler Award.

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

In 2015 he returned to fiction with both The Mercy of the Night (” Superlative hard-boiled crime fiction with a strong emotional center.” —Booklist, starred review) and the novella The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell (“As always with Corbett, it’s tough, compassionate, and powerfully written.” —Vince Keenan, Noir City), both featuring Phelan Tierney, “the St. Jude of the justice system.”

In 2018, David produced the most ambitious novel of his career, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, a tour de force mixture 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 combined in a single hard cover version titled Watchlist.

He teaches and gives seminars and workshops at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico; he’s a regular contributor to the writers’ blog Writer Unboxed; and his articles on craft and theory have appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Writer’s Digest (where he is a contributing editor), The Writer, Zyzzyva, MovieMaker, Bright Ideas, Crimespree, Mystery Scene, and other outlets.

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Gayle Lynds

New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of ten international espionage novels, including THE BOOK OF SPIES and THE LAST SPYMASTER. Publishers Weekly lists her book MASQUERADE among the top ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer. Lee Child says she’s “today’s best thriller writer.”

Gayle began her writing career as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, where her investigative reporting made such an impact that it led to changes in state legislation. Later she was an editor with rare Top Secret security clearance at a government think tank, where assorted shadowy figures passed through. She was intrigued and inspired. Soon she began writing literary short stories, which were published in literary journals, and at the same time in what some considered to be surely schizophrenic, she also wrote male pulp adventure novels set around the world in the Nick Carter and Mack Bolan series.

Her first Gayle Lynds novel, MASQUERADE, was a New York Times bestseller and a People magazine “Page-Turner of the Week.” THE LAST SPYMASTER won Best Novel from both the American Authors Association and the Military Writers Society of America. THE COIL won Best Contemporary Novel from Affaire de Coeur. MOSAIC was RT Thriller of the Year. MESMERIZED was a Daphne du Maurier Award best novel finalist. About her work, reviewers have written: “superb,” Chicago Tribune; “immensely satisfying,” Wall Street Journal; “a potent storyteller,” Denver Post; “teeth-grinding suspense,” Publishers Weekly; “roller-coaster thrills,” Los Angeles Times; “terrific,” Cosmopolitan magazine; and “authentic,” Chicago Sun-Times.

With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One Series and wrote three of the novels. The first one, THE HADES FACTOR, was a CBS miniseries. Another, THE PARIS OPTION, was a People 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 several years. ITW’s annual convention is ThrillerFest, which is held in New York in July. She lives in Maine with her husband, John C. Sheldon, three computers, and two opinionated cats.

To learn more about Gayle, please visit her website.

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James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is a winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the author of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot & Structure (Writer’s Digest Books). A list of his thrillers may be found HERE. His popular books on the craft of fiction may be found HERE.

Jim has taught writing at Pepperdine University and at writers conferences in the United States, Canada, Great 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 University of Southern California Law Center.

A former trial lawyer, Jim appeared as an expert commentator on Good Morning America, CBS radio, and in Newsweek  magazine during the O. J. Simpson murder trial. His book on search and seizure law is the leading authority in its field, used extensively by lawyers and judges throughout California every day. He lives and writes in his hometown of Los Angeles.

To learn more about Jim, please visit his website.

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Kathleen Antrim

Kathleen Antrim is the award-winning author of the bestselling political thriller, “Capital Offense.”  As a national 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 television shows as “Hannity and Colmes.”

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

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

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

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

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

Antrim spent years working to raise money for children in need.  She is a founder of the Ruby Hill Giving Thanks Ball, and a past President of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation Board of Directors.  These charities have raised more than $2 million for children.  She also served on the ValleyCare Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and is currently an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors for Los Positas College.

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

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