ThrillerFest X • July 7 - 11, 2015 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

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Welcome to ThrillerFest X! It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since we gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona for our first conference back in 2006. To commemorate our special anniversary, we’ll be hosting online events throughout the year culminating in a wonderful celebration at the Grand Hyatt from July 7-11, 2015.

We’ll be honoring 2015 ThrillerMaster Nelson DeMille along with 2015 Spotlight Guests Mark Billingham, Charlaine Harris, and Greg Iles. We’re also excited that 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak will be back to join us this year, along with 2015 Silver Bullet Recipient Kathy Reichs. 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 writer, a fan, an industry professional, or an ITW author. We welcome all thriller enthusiasts.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include:

Master CraftFest: On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, we’ll be hosting a one-day, intensive workshop on the craft of writing. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to work in small groups under the tutelage of New York Times bestselling authors D.P. Lyle, M.D., Steve Berry, Gayle Lynds, Steven James, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett and Lorenzo Carcaterra. Whether you are a new writer or an experienced one, we’ll offer a class that will elevate your writing to the next level.

CraftFest: Running from Wednesday, July 8 to Thursday, July 9, this fastest growing section of the conference is ideal if you are looking to hone your writing skills. Everyone is welcome, from aspiring authors to established authors, and you’ll be privy to writing secrets from New York Times bestsellers and other phenomenal professionals. This year, we are creating new programming at CraftFest, including a “FactTrack” line-up with information about firearms, explosives, forensics, pathology, and other information that will help you write realistic scenes as well as a “CareerTrack” line-up which will focus on marketing, promotion, and other career-related advice. Sign up soon so you don’t miss out!

PitchFest: On Thursday, July 9th, we’ll host PitchFest, where you can pitch your novel to the best literary agents/producers/editors in the business. Last year, we had over 50 agents, editors, and producers attending this special event. Read about the incredible tales of success under the Success Stories tab.

ThrillerFest: Running from Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11, we’re planning on hosting fabulous panels, workshops, and special guests for ThrillerFest to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Stay tuned for more details.

Banquet: On Saturday, July 11, please join us at the annual Saturday night banquet where we will honor 2015 ThrillerMaster Nelson DeMille, present the Thriller Awards, and offer 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 Volunteer Coordinator by clicking here. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW.

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Kimberley Howe

Kimberley Howe
Executive Director, ThrillerFest

Your ThrillerFest team is looking forward to a fun and memorable year. Sandra Brannan joins us as PitchFest Director and Christopher Graham will be our new Art Director. Elizabeth Berry returns as ITW’s Executive Director, D.P. Lyle, M.D. as CraftFest Director, Dennis Kennett as Registrar, and Kimberley Howe as ThrillerFest’s Executive Director. If we can answer questions or help out in any way, please touch base anytime:


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In Memoriam

Watch Daniel Palmer’s tribute to the late Michael Palmer

Recorded at ThrillerFest IX, July 2014

We’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.