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Writing Thrillers

Harlan Coben

Writing Thrillers

Hook your reader and write jaw-dropping twists with the legendary author behind 10 New York Times Bestsellers.

This course includes:

23 lessons

4.5 hours

23 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Harlan as he shares his secrets to building suspenseful stories, and craft novels your readers simply can’t put down.

  • Perfect the art of pacing
  • Master suspense, tension and plot twists
  • Learn about structure, dialogue, setting and character
  • Beat writer's block
  • Adapt your novel for TV
  • Get industry insights from Harlan’s editor and agent

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Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of more than 36 novels including The Boy from the Woods, Fool Me Once, Tell No One and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books have been published in 46 languages around the globe, and many have also been adapted into television dramas including The Stranger, Stay Close, and Shelter to name but a few. Harlan Coben has been awarded the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – he was in fact the first author to win all three – and was the first writer in more than a decade to be invited to write fiction for the New York Times op-ed page. His essays and columns have appeared in many top publications including the New York Times, Parade Magazine, and Bloomberg Views. 

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Lesson plan (23)

  1. 01

    Writing Thrillers Introduction


  2. 02

    Being a Writer


  3. 03

    Inspiration - The idea


  4. 04

    Inspiration – In Practice


  5. 05

    Perspiration – The Work


  6. 06

    Desperation – The Motivation


  7. 07



  8. 08

    The Plot


  9. 09



  10. 10



  11. 11

    Starting from the Middle


  12. 12

    Setting and Atmosphere


  13. 13



  14. 14



  15. 15

    Suspense and Secrets


  16. 16

    Plot Twists and Rabbit Holes


  17. 17

    Reframing Writer’s Block


  18. 18

    Memorable Endings


  19. 19



  20. 20

    Considering Audience


  21. 21

    Getting an Agent


  22. 22

    Writing for Television


  23. 23



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