June 17th - June 21st 2025, NYC


Welcome to ThrillerFest XX, which will take place June 17 to June 21, 2025! We’re excited to present a blockbuster line-up this year, featuring:

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

2025 Line Up

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 – Take your project to the next level with a small, full-day class taught by a top-selling author, including a critique of 10 manuscript pages.
  • CraftFest: Wednesday and Thursday – Hone your craft during hour-long lectures and presentations by experts and authors.
  • QueryFest: By appointment only, Wednesday through Friday — Get advice and careful critiques of your query or first manuscript pages during 15-minute, one-on-one meetings with leading agents and editors.
  • PitchFest: Thursday afternoon: Pitch your completed manuscript to top agents and editors in this “speed dating” event. 2024’s PitchFest had over 60 agents and editors attend.
  • ThrillerFest: Friday and Saturday — 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 — Socialize, feast, and cheer the presentation of the industry’s top honors, The Thriller Awards.

This is our 20th anniversary of the very first ThrillerFest in 2005, and we are so excited to bring you the best ThrillerFest yet. We encourage all thriller enthusiasts to join the ITW family.

Our 20th ThrillerFest is one we’re deeply excited about

With opportunities like:

  • PitchFest, an opportunity to pitch over 60 agents
  • CraftFest, a two-day deep dive into craft-focused sessions
  • MasterClass, an eight-hour intensive session with an ITW bestselling author
  • ThrillerFest, two full days of author panels, interviews, keynotes, and more.


Our 20th ThrillerFest is one we’re deeply excited about. Listen to Veronica Roth, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Unger, and Gregg Hurwitz share why YOU will want to be there!

With opportunities like:
PitchFest, an opportunity to pitch over 60 agents
CraftFest, a two-day deep dive into craft-focused sessions
MasterClass, an eight-hour intensive session with an ITW bestselling author
ThrillerFest, two full days of author panels, interviews, keynotes, and more.

We have something for everyone, including – readers and writers at every stage of their careers, readers, and fans.


We thank our Scholarship sponsors for their generous donation to our 2024 Scholarship Program:

Douglas Preston, Michael Mayo, Vicki Montet, and Karin Slaughter.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2025 event or one of our 2025 scholarships, please reach out to

Volunteer with Us!

Volunteers are an integral part of the ThrillerFest experience. We couldn’t do it without you. If you would like to assist us, please be sure to check yes to “Volunteer” during registration.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW (Please note: volunteers must be registered for ThrillerFest).

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

Your ThrillerFest team is looking forward to a fun and memorable year. We’re excited to celebrate the following staff members:

Ruth Church as Deputy Director ThrillerFest / MasterClass, Sara DiVello as Social Media Director, Todd Gerber as Awards Coordinator, Chris Graham as Technology Coordinator & Art Director, Katie Griffiths as Social Media Coordinator, Dennis Kennett as Registrar, Shirley Kennett as Assistant Registrar, Jennifer Kreischer as Banquet Coordinator, Susan Lee as Deputy Director ThrillerFest / PitchFest, Jim L’Etoile as Volunteer Coordinator, Christianna Mason as Human Resources Director, Sam Octavius as Special Tech Projects Director, K.L. Romo as QueryFest Director, Tessa Wegert as PitchFest Co-Director.

For questions regarding ThrillerFest, please contact ThrillerFest’s Executive Director,

Samantha Skal:

For questions regarding ITW please contact ITW’s Executive Director,

Kimberley Howe:

For press queries, please contact,

Sara DiVello:

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