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ThrillerFest is the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers. This unique, popular, and rapidly expanding organization was created in 2005 by several bestselling authors in order to bring thousands of writers, readers, publishers, producers, editors, and agents together to promote and support thriller authors everywhere.

ThrillerFest is the name for BOTH our entire conference and the last two days of the conference – originally, ThrillerFest only consisted of those last two days, but we have now expanded to include additional days and components.

The ThrillerFest conference has six main components: Master Class, CraftFest, QueryFest, PitchFest, ThrillerFest, and the Awards Banquet.

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 Class: Tuesday of ThrillerFest week: An extraordinary opportunity for writers and authors to learn from the best in the industry during a full day immersive experience that includes a critique of 10 manuscript pages.
  • CraftFest: Wednesday/Thursday of ThrillerFest week: A host of subject matter experts and talented teachers help authors improve their craft during hour-long sessions all day Wednesday and Thursday morning.
  • QueryFest: By appointment only, Wednesday through Friday of ThrillerFest week: QueryFest offers 15-minute long one-on-one meetings with industry leading experts. Our team recruits the top acquiring editors and agents for this event, and writers will receive instant feedback on his or her query letter or first two pages of a manuscript. The writer will be assigned a time with an expert who will read the writer’s work and offer feedback for improvements.
  • PitchFest: Thursday afternoon of ThrillerFest week: An incredible opportunity for writers to pitch their manuscripts to over 60 of the best agents, publishers, and editors in the industry on Thursday afternoon. (Note: Registration for PitchFest is an additional cost to Master CraftFest, CraftFest, or ThrillerFest and cannot be purchased as a stand-alone event for writers.)
  • ThrillerFest: Friday and Saturday of ThrillerFest week, and named after the very first two-day ThrillerFest in 2005. An unparalleled chance wonderful opportunity to meet bestselling thriller authors and other industry experts, starting with the Opening Night Cocktail Party on Thursday evening, and continuing with panels, interviews, and signings on Friday and Saturday.
  • The Thriller Awards Banquet: Saturday night of ThrillerFest week: An added feature on the registration options, involves a sumptuous dinner along with the presentation of the Thriller Awards and the honoring of our ThrillerMasters, Silver Bullet Award Recipient, and our Thriller Legend on Saturday night. This is an amazing experience for both the readers and authors and should not be missed.

We have a fabulous line-up of special guests this year, including:

  • 2025 ThrillerMaster Janet Evanovich
  • 2025 ThrillerMaster John Grisham
  • 2025 Silver Bullet Award Recipient James Patterson
  • 2025 Spotlight Guest Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • 2025 Spotlight Guest Jennifer Hillier
  • 2025 Thriller Legend Award Recipient Neil Nyren
  • 2025 Thriller Fan Award Recipient McKenna Jordan

Volunteers are an integral part of the ThrillerFest experience. We couldn’t do it without you. If you are attending the conference and would like to volunteer, just answer “Yes” when registering to the question “Would you be willing to help as a volunteer?” Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW.

We look forward to seeing you in June of 2025 in NYC!


If you prefer to mail your registration, you can download and print the appropriate registration forms here:

ITW Author-Member Registration

ITW Associate-Member and Thriller Fan Registration

 

ITW Community

  • patrons
  • sponsors
  • supporters
  • Actives

    • Sandra Brannan

    • Clive Cussler*

    • Dirk Cussler*

    • Shane Gericke*

    • Faye and Jonathan Kellerman*

    • John Lescroart

    • Joanie McDonell

    • Karin Slaughter

    • Larry D. Thompson

    Associates

    • Tucker Andersen

    • Andrew Kimball

  • Actives

    • Kathleen Antrim*

    • David Baldacci*

    • Neal Baer

    • Steve Berry*

    • J. Jackson Bentley

    • Gary Braver*

    • Sandra Brown*

    • Dale Brown*

    • John Case*

    • Lee Child*

    • James Comey

    • Michael Connelly

    • Glenn Cooper

    • Richard Curtis*

    • Jack F. Du Brul*

    • David Dun*

    • Joseph Finder

    • Brian Garfield*

    • Tess Gerritsen*

    • Leslie Glass*

    • Jeff Gunhus

    • Vicki Hinze*

    • Lisa Jackson

    • Alex Kava*

    • Raymond Khoury

    • Deborah LeBlanc

    • Eric Van Lustbader*

    • D. P. Lyle M.D.*

    • Gayle Lynds*

    • Steve Martini

    • Brad Meltzer

    • David Morrell*

    • Katherine Neville*

    • Michael Palmer (2004-2013)*

    • James Patterson*

    • Andrew Peterson

    • Douglas Preston*

    • Lissa Price

    • Keith Raffel

    • Christopher Reich*

    • James Rollins*

    • M.J. Rose*

    • JoAnn Ross

    • Hank Phillippi Ryan

    • John Saul*

    • Andy Siegel

    • Susan Arnout Smith

    • R.L. Stine*

    • Brad Thor*

    • Lisa Unger

    • Paul Vidich

    Associates

    • Maria Carvainis

    • Leisure Books*

    • JK Franko*

    • Ed Mitchell*

    • Henry Morrison*

    • Adrian Muller*

    • Bill Sewell

    • Tor/Forge Books*

    • Your Book Is Your Hook!

  • Actives

    • Steve Alten*

    • Ashok Banker

    • Ted Bell*

    • Emily Benedek

    • Janet Berliner-Gluckman*

    • Gary Birken

    • Mike Bond

    • Sandra Brannan

    • Allison Brennan

    • Mike Brogan

    • Jan Burke*

    • Lorenzo Carcaterra

    • Lincoln Child*

    • Stephen Coonts*

    • Brian D’Amato

    • B. J. Daniels

    • Nelson DeMille

    • Eileen Dreyer*

    • Joanna Elm

    • Linda Fairstein*

    • Vince Flynn (2004-2013)*

    • Chris Fox

    • Joel Goldman*

    • Howard Gordon

    • Heather Graham*

    • Thomas Greanias

    • Gary Grossman

    • Humphrey Hawksley

    • Bonnie Hearn Hill*

    • Mark Imhof

    • Alan Jacobson

    • Judith Kelman*

    • Harley Jane Kozak

    • Jon Land

    • Dennis Lynds (2004-2005)*

    • Patricia McLinn

    • Michael McMenamin

    • Francine Mathews*

    • Nan McCann

    • Kyle Mills*

    • Twist Phelan

    • Christopher Rice*

    • Wendy Roberts

    • John Sandford

    • James Siegel*

    • Carl T. Smith*

    • Deborah Smith*

    • Taylor Smith*

    • L.A. Starks

    • Mariah Stewart*

    • Peter Straub*

    • Lee Strobel

    • M. Diane Vogt*

    • Thomas Waite

    • Stuart Woods*

    Associates

    • Linda Adams*

    • Brilliance Audio*

    • Mike Brogan

    • Brian Godden

    • Steve Hadden*

    • Emory Hackman

    • Inkwell Management, LLC*

    • Jennifer Kreischer

    • Mario Mastro*

    • Vicki Montet

    • Amy Rivers

    • Mike Trigg

*original member joined by June 4, 2005