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As virtual ThrillerFest kicks off, so too does Hot Book Summer—and in this issue of The Big Thrill we cover some of this season’s most anticipated sizzlers. Dawn Ius goes Between the Lines with S.A. Cosby to talk about his astonishing follow-up to last year’s breakout thriller, Blacktop Wasteland, April Snellings chats with Tracy Clark about mining character gold, Esme Addison shares insight into her world-building, and Karin Slaughter talks about how the pandemic shaped what could be her most compelling thriller yet. Plus, we get up close with Kathy Reichs, Liv Constantine, Riley Sager, Spencer Quinn, and many more authors of bestselling mystery and suspense. The July issue of The Big Thrill is live now—and it’s hot!

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Introducing ITW’s First Chapters Program






Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Megan Abbott, Seraphina Nova Glass, Sandra Brown, Joy Fielding, Catherine Coulter, Pamela Crane, LaTanya McQueen, Richard Chizmar, Brian Freeman, Kate Myles, Amber Garza, Robyn Harding, Steven Tingle, Catherine Ryan Howard, James Swallow, Megan Collins, Eric Roberts & Lis Rohm, Brad Parks, Melissa Larsen, Sarah Warburton, and many more!

ITW’s Eighth Annual Online Thriller School

Learn from the Masters:
Ten Weeks of Intensive Craft Lessons
Includes a Bonus “Ask Me Anything” Panel!

Join Liv Constantine, Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner, Alexia Gordon, Adam Hamdy, Cate Holahan, Anthony Horowitz, Steven James, Tosca Lee, Jaime Levine, David Morrell, Samuel Octavius, Alex Segura, and Jerri Williams.

In this TEN-week program, which begins September 14, 2021, the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft during a two-hour Live Zoom session, will provide written materials for further reading along with study suggestions, and will offer 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, and we sold out last year, so please register today!

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

The talented instructors will delve into the following topics: Pacing, World Building, Building Suspense, Villains–Beyond the Cardboard Cutout, How to Edit Like a Pro, Creating Depth of Character, The G-Woman: An Insider’s Look at the FBI, How to Write a Killer Twist, Creating Realistic Dialogue, and Developing and Honing Your Voice

Bonus Panel: “Ask me Anything” with Alexia Gordon, David Morrell & Alex Segura – Moderated by Samuel Octavius

ThrillerFest XVII – Coming Soon!


May 31 – June 4, 2022


Sheraton Times Square



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