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ThrillerFest X: Register Today!

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 Charlaine Harris, Greg Iles and Mark Billingham. We’re also excited that 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak will also be back to join us this year. You won’t want to miss this incredible line-up, so please sign up today!

Register Today!

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, Robert Dugoni 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 Registrar. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW.

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

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: KimberleyHowe@thrillerwriters.org

2014 Thriller Award Winners!

award_home_multiple_croppedDuring a gala banquet and celebration held on Saturday, July 12 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2014 Thriller Awards.

They are:

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Andrew Pyper – THE DEMONOLOGIST (Simon & Schuster)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Jennifer McMahon – THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND (William Morrow Paperbacks)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Jason Matthews – RED SPARROW (Scribner)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Rebecca Cantrell – THE WORLD BENEATH (Rebecca Cantrell)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Cristin Terrill – ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Disney-Hyperion)

BEST SHORT STORY

Twist Phelan – “Footprints in Water” (Ellery Queen)
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2014 Thriller Awards Nominees!

award_home_multiple_croppedWe’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2014 ITW Thriller Awards:

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Linda Castillo – HER LAST BREATH (Minotaur Books)
Lee Child – NEVER GO BACK (Delacorte Press)
Lisa Gardner – TOUCH AND GO (Dutton Adult)
Stephen King – DOCTOR SLEEP (Scribner)
Owen Laukkanen – CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE (Putnam Adult)
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – WHITE FIRE (Grand Central Publishing)
Andrew Pyper – THE DEMONOLOGIST (Simon & Schuster) [Read more...]

ThrillerFest IX

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July 8 – 12, 2014 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

This year is the 10th Anniversary of ITW, and we are thrilled to be honoring 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak. We’ll also be welcoming back 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice and 2013 Silver Bullet Award recipient Steve Berry. With the upcoming release of ITW’s Thriller 4 Anthology, FACEOFF, we’re pleased to be showcasing the contributing authors, including David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson. You won’t want to miss this incredible line-up, so please sign up today!

CLICK HERE to register today!

2014 ThrillerMaster: Scott Turow

sturow_sidebbar1Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent (1987) and its sequel, Innocent (May 4, 2010). His newest novel, Identical, will be published by Grand Central Publishing in October, 2013. His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries.

2014 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Brenda Novak

bnovak_sidebarIt was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author–she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children–three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research–an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. Brenda has raised over $1.6 million to date.

2013 ThrillerMaster: Anne Rice

arice_sidebarAnne Rice is one of America’s most read and celebrated authors. She is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive.

Anne lives and works in California. Anne’s life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work.

2013 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Steve Berry

sberry_sidebarSteve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15 million printed copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.

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At ThrillerFest, 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:

CraftFest: This fastest growing section of the conference is ideal you are looking to hone your writing skills. Everyone is welcome, from aspiring authors to established authors, and you’ll hear writing secrets from New York Times bestsellers. Sign up soon so you don’t miss out.

Master CraftFest: This inaugural one-day, intensive workshop on craft is a unique opportunity to work in small groups under the tutelage of the following teachers: Steve Berry, Steven James, John Lescroart, and David Morrell.

PitchFest: If you’d like to pitch your novel to the best literary agents in the business, this is the event for you. Last year, we had over 50 agents attending PitchFest. Read about the incredible tales of success under the Success Stories tab.

ThrillerFest: We’re planning on some fabulous panels, workshops, and lectures for ThrillerFest this year. Stay tuned for more details.

Banquet: Please join us at the annual Saturday night banquet for the presentation of the Thriller Awards and 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 Registrar. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW.

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

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Kimberley Howe
Executive Director, ThrillerFest

Your ThrillerFest team is looking forward to a fun and memorable year. D.P. Lyle, MD returns as CraftFest Director, Boyd Morrison as PitchFest Director, Dennis Kennett as Registrar, Joe Moore as Art Director, and Kimberley Howe as Executive Director. If we can answer questions or help out in any way, please touch base anytime.

We look forward to seeing you next July 8-12, 2014 in NYC!

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2014 Thriller Awards

award_home_multiple_croppedDuring a gala banquet and celebration held on Saturday, July 12 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2014 Thriller Awards.

They are:

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Andrew Pyper – THE DEMONOLOGIST (Simon & Schuster)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Jennifer McMahon – THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND (William Morrow Paperbacks)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Jason Matthews – RED SPARROW (Scribner)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Rebecca Cantrell – THE WORLD BENEATH (Rebecca Cantrell)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Cristin Terrill – ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Disney-Hyperion)

BEST SHORT STORY

Twist Phelan – “Footprints in Water” (Ellery Queen)
[Read more...]