Course Description

Join the Top 70% of Bestselling Novelists - those who write THRILLERS!
Writing an exciting modern thriller could begin your author career with a BANG, and take you to the BIG TIME!


Level: Beginner

Duration: 4 hours approx

Delivery: Video, Text, PDF

RPWA Certificate: Yes

Hi, it’s Rob Parnell here, proud author of over 30 #1 bestsellers, including thriller novels. 

I have some news I’m sure will thrill you!

* Discover how to imagine and construct a full blown original thriller from scratch...

* Make compelling heroes, their sidekick and the all important bad guy/gal.

* Let me show you the secret formula for inventing thriller stories, how to plot and research effectively - and how to develop your own style and genre.

* Within these thirty-one all new videos I dissect the thriller genre for you - now making it easier than ever for you to compete in this world class writing activity.

* (Ssshh! Also included is a confidential report from the International Thriller Writer's Association which lays bear the industry and gives you access to an inside scoop on the whole industry!)  

Listen, when it comes to the mainstream bestseller lists, one particular genre stands tall. So much so, it’s probably seen as the most ‘respectable’. It is, of course, the thriller.

Not only do thrillers make authors and their publishers very rich, they also make the most money in terms of film and TV rights, generating vast revenues worldwide. Thrillers are also in hot demand for translation, serial and resell rights. Authoring a series of thrillers can literally catapult your career and your earning potential to the stars!

Just look at the success of Dan Brown, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Jeffrey Deaver, Lee Child, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Crichton, Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane - the list literally goes on and on - all of whom make a very respectable living crafting taut, psychological suspense fiction.

Wouldn’t you like to emulate the success of these authors? Sure you would. 

Now you can!

This new and fully updated resource takes you through the critical basics of writing modern thrillers for publication.

From creating classic heroes and heroines, unforgettable villains, through research and plotting story, handling action and building suspense into great denouements, to style, tone, credibility, etc, etc – in fact, everything you might need to start a career in this exciting arena of commercial storytelling.

For the full contents, see curriculum below:

All this plus lots of useful exercises and writing advice that will build your raw ideas into a credible and compelling story in no time at all!. By absorbing this information, you will be able to create a complete template for a stunning piece of novel length fiction and gain a solid grounding in the requirements of this genre.

After payment through our completely secure server, you will be taken to the Academy dashboard where you can take the course at your leisure, or, if you want, download the entire course contents instantly.

Rob Parnell
Your Personal Instructor

Your Personal Instructor

Rob Parnell

Rob Parnell has been teaching online since 2002, specifically helping writers earn money from their passion. He is the proud founder of The Writing Academy, an online school dedicated to student success and authorial excellence.Rob has published over thirty number-one best-selling books on genre fiction authorship, freelance writing, motivation, productivity; getting rich, staying thin and healthy. When it comes to making a living from writing, composing music, and creating film projects, Rob is a man who knows what he's talking about! You'll enjoy his down-to-earth style and the feeling Rob somehow knows you like a friend! Rob has been writing since he was five years old. He writes every day without fail - it's a compulsion. His preferred genre is the thriller - sometimes with a supernatural edge - in which he writes short stories, novels, screenplays, and adult thrillers - including his Purge detective novels and the popular Sherlock Holmes: Zombie Slayer series. Also a musician and composer, an accomplished singer, media producer and budding movie maker, Rob is ecstatically happy to be married to Robyn Opie Parnell, his savior, and the popular best-selling children's author.They live miles from anywhere in their beautiful country farmhouse, its eleven acres tucked within inches of the stunning Flinders Ranges, with their beloved pets, Wally the dog and the cats: Jessie, and Iggy (because he's The Wild One.)

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • How to get the most out of this course

    • Why You Should Take This Course

    • Introduction to the Modern Thriller

  • 2


    • History of the Thriller - ONE

    • History of the Thriller - TWO

    • Evolution of the Thriller

  • 3

    The Thriller Genre Explained

    • The Thriller: Form and Function

    • Thriller Genres

    • More Thriller Genres

  • 4

    Character Creation

    • Character Archetypes

    • Creating Thriller Characters

    • The Formula for Character Creation

    • A 10-Point Checklist

  • 5

    Mindset of a Thriller Author

    • Helpful Writing Tips

    • Write What You Know

  • 6

    The Power of Research

    • Research

    • More Research

    • Even More Research

  • 7

    Plotting Your Thriller Like a Pro

    • Pre-Plotting Questions to Ask Yourself

    • Backward Plotting

    • Plot Development

  • 8

    Important Considerations

    • Who is Your Point of View Character?

    • Sex and Death

    • Weapons

    • Raising The Stakes

  • 9

    The Template

    • The 3 Act Template

    • The 4-Act Template

    • The Thriller Template

  • 10

    Last Words

    • How to Create a Novel Series

    • How To Create Fan Loyalty

    • Final Words of Encouragement

  • 11

    Bonus Section

    • Danger Money - A Thriller Template

    • Thriller Audience Expansion Roadmap - a Confidential Report for the ITW

    • How to Choose a Book Title

    • How to Write a GREAT Thriller - The Complete Ebook

  • 12

    The Promo

    • 000PromoThrillerAcademy


5 star rating

How to Write a GREAT Thiriller

warren humphries

I really enjoyed this course. Matter of fact I am thinking about taking the course again since it is so full of helpful information.

I really enjoyed this course. Matter of fact I am thinking about taking the course again since it is so full of helpful information.

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