Thursday, April 10, 2014

I is for International Thriller Writers


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I is for International Thriller Writers 

According to their website,, "The International Thriller Writers 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. ITW’s mission is “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through our Active members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.” ITW By-laws: Article II, Purposes, Section 2. One of the main purposes of the organization is to provide a way for successful, bestselling authors to help debut and midlist authors advance their careers. To that end, ITW has designed numerous, effective programs and events which promote debut and midlist writers and their work, sometimes in partnership with bestselling authors. In addition, ITW promotes literacy, gives money to worthy organizations, supports libraries, and advances the genre. Finally, it brings together almost a thousand writers, readers, publishers,  editors and agents at its annual conference, ThrillerFest, as well as at CraftFest, a writing workshop program, and AgentFest, where aspiring authors can meet and pitch top literary agents."

Do you belong to a writers' organization?


  1. You know, I'd never actually heard of ITW (or it's never really registered with me) -- I'll have to check them out! Thanks for the tip!

  2. No, I don't - but I wish I did!

    Sounds to me like this organisation covers a VERY broad spectrum of thrillery writing. Maybe some of my works would fit their definition. :)

  3. I used to belong to several. Now I only belong to Inscribe (a Canadian Christian writers' fellowship). Maybe one day I will belong to more again. For now, this works for me.

  4. I'm more mystery and suspense than thriller. I belong to a couple organizations, including Sisters in Crime - an excellent group..

  5. I've subscribed to their newsletter for months and months now, but I'm not a member of ITW. I am a member of Horror Writers Association and SCWBI and AWP though.

  6. Ooohh, this sounds like a great organization! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a great day!