Master Class


Take your writing and storytelling to the next level at Master Class 2025.

Join our stellar group of teachers on Tuesday, June 17, 2025 at ITW’s Master Class, a hands-on workshop for writers of all levels. Under the tutelage of one of our bestselling instructors, you will submit the first 10-pages of your manuscript as well as a questionnaire about your writing history and receive helpful feedback on how to take your writing to the next level. Master Class offers an intensive and inspiring experience.

Each class is limited to 10 students. Materials are due approximately 6 weeks before Master Class.

On Tuesday, June 17, 2025, badge and swag pick-up opens at 7:00 AM. The class runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with a lunch break (on your own) from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

You’ll need to submit a 10-page writing sample and a completed questionnaire to participate. We’ll send you the guidelines for the writing sample and questionnaire in an email after you register.

Our instructors this year include: Allison Brennan, David Ellis, Steven James, Tosca Lee, Donald Maass, Isabella Maldonado and Hank Phillippi Ryan.

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    Ruth Church

    Deputy Director, ThrillerFest / MasterClass

Questions? Please email Ruth Church, Deputy Director ThrillerFest and Master Class Director.


We will also hold our annual Best First Sentence Contest. The winning sentences will be announced and read during the annual CraftFest luncheon on Wednesday, June 18th. Start working on your opening line today!

Master Class space is very limited, so sign up now. Hope to see you in New York in June 2025.

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