ThrillerFest IX • July 8 - 12, 2014 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

ThrillerFest is the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers.

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40938-IamPilgrimFinalWe are very excited to present our first online ARC to you, our ThrillerFest IX attendees!

Everyone who registers for ThrillerFest IX is pre-approved to access a FREE eBook of I AM PILGRIM via NetGalley. This intelligent and taut debut thriller from Terry Hayes depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist.

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This year is the 10th Anniversary of ITW, and we are thrilled to be honoring 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak. We’ll also be welcoming back 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice and 2013 Silver Bullet Award recipient Steve Berry. With the upcoming release of ITW’s Thriller 4 Anthology, FACEOFF, we’re pleased to be showcasing the contributing authors, including David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson. You won’t want to miss this incredible line-up, so please sign up today!

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At ThrillerFest, we have something for everyone, whether you’re an aspiring author, a fan, an industry professional, or an ITW author. Some of the highlights include:

Master CraftFest: Taking place on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, this inaugural one-day, intensive workshop on craft is a unique opportunity to work in small groups under the tutelage of the following teachers: Steve Berry, Steven James, John Lescroart, and David Morrell.

CraftFest: Running from Wednesday, July 9, to Thursday, July 10, 2014, this fastest growing section of the conference is ideal you are looking to hone your writing skills. Everyone is welcome, from aspiring authors to established authors, and you’ll hear writing secrets from New York Times bestsellers. Sign up soon so you don’t miss out.

PitchFest: Taking place on Thursday, July 10th, if you’d like to pitch your novel to the best literary agents in the business, this is the event for you. Last year, we had over 50 agents attending PitchFest. Read about the incredible tales of success under the Success Stories tab.

ThrillerFest: Running from Friday, July 11th, to Saturday, July 12th, we’re planning on some fabulous panels, workshops, and lectures for ThrillerFest this year. Stay tuned for more details.

Banquet: Saturday, July 12th, please join us at the annual Saturday night banquet for the presentation of the Thriller Awards and other fabulous entertainment.


Volunteers are an integral part of the ThrillerFest experience. We couldn’t do it without you. If you would like to assist us, please email the Registrar. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW.

Please drop by the new ThrillerFest Facebook page then “like” us, and help spread the word! You can also follow ITW on Twitter and Pinterest.

Kimberley Howe

Kimberley Howe
Executive Director, ThrillerFest

Your ThrillerFest team is looking forward to a fun and memorable year. D.P. Lyle, MD returns as CraftFest Director, Boyd Morrison as PitchFest Director, Dennis Kennett as Registrar, Joe Moore as Art Director, and Kimberley Howe as Executive Director. If we can answer questions or help out in any way, please touch base anytime.

We look forward to seeing you next July 8-12, 2014 in NYC!



In Memoriam

mpalmerWe’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Michael Palmer, a very special person and a longtime friend to ITW. Michael was the quintessential gentleman, making everyone feel welcome. Brilliant, kind, and talented, he brought us all many tears of laughter with his phenomenal songs at the annual ThrillerFest banquet where he performed with his son Daniel and Brad Parks. Michael was one of our spotlight guests in 2013, and we will treasure all the memories and kindness he shared with everyone. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Michael, you’ll be dearly missed.

Please take a moment to listen to the Spotlight Interview between Daniel and Michael Palmer from ThrillerFest VIII (2013).