Virtual ThrillerFest XV • July 6 – 14, 2020 • Now Online!

Due to the pandemic this year, we’ve canceled the in-person ThrillerFest Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City this July. The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority.

But we have fantastic news! We are offering a virtual conference so our attendees can remain safe in the comfort of their homes yet still participate in the learning and camaraderie that is the hallmark of the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers. No travel, no hotel stay, but an even more extensive array of bestselling ITW authors who can help you polish your thrillers and top drawer New York agents and editors to whom you can pitch—along with attractive prices!

We have an outstanding array of guests and publishing professionals, with this year’s event including a Free Debut Authors’ Presentation, Free ITW Author Videos, and a Free Awards Presentation.

Our Mega CraftFest, Master Class, Pitching Sessions, Consulting Sessions, and CareerFest will all be offered this July.

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about Virtual ThrillerFest 2020.

Announcing the Polis Books/ITW Black Writer Scholarship Program:

In the wake of the events of the past few weeks, it is imperative that we try to raise voices that have not been heard, or not been given a chance to succeed.

Jason Pinter of Polis Books kindly started a GoFundMe Page to raise funds to help Black writers. International Thriller Writers has graciously offered to match the GoFundMe contributions, so we are able to offer several scholarships to attend Virtual ThrillerFest, which takes place July 6 – 14, 2020.

To apply for the scholarships, please go HERE.

CLICK HERE for more information about the virtual event.

For more information or questions, please contact executive director of ThrillerFest Kimberley Howe at:

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).

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Your ThrillerFest team is looking forward to a fun and memorable year. We’re excited to announce the following staff members will be returning: Sandra Brannan as PitchFest & ConsultFest Director; Christopher Graham as Art Director; Liz Berry as ITW’s Executive Director; Kathleen Antrim as CraftFest Director & Education Committee Chair; Dennis Kennett as Registrar; Kimberley Howe as ThrillerFest’s Executive Director; Jessica Saunders as Conference Coordinator; and Jillian Stein as Social Media Director. If we can answer questions or help out in any way, please touch base anytime:



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