We were talking with thriller writer [and Executive Director of International Thriller Writers ITW’s annual conference THRILLEFEST], KJ Howe, following all this COVID-19, business.
With many gatherings cancelled, postponed et al, including this summer’s Thrillerfest, Kim Howe and her ITW colleagues decided to put on a virtual event
Firstly, CRAFTFEST, an online series of events, that can be ‘ZOOM-ed’ for the amateur and professional thriller writer. Secondly, the THRILLERFEST event for Thriller Fiction enthusiast, and a whole lot more.
So over to Kim -
Due to the pandemic this year, we’ve cancelled 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.
Read More for Details and Registration HERE
There are many within the crime and thriller community, helping provide content for ITW that can be viewed, interacted with, and debated for this event. I was flattered to be asked by author and ITW Technical Bloke Jeff Ayers to participate. I enjoyed recording amusing and insightful sessions with award-winning authors Michael Robotham in Sydney, Australia, as well as Jeffery Deaver, in North Carolina - while seated in England. Both authors [as well as many others] generously shared their insight into the writing and publishing process that surrounds the Thriller Narrative for Virtual Thrillerfest 2020.
I couldn’t believe it was the 15th year of ITW’s Thrillerfest, as I recalled the first event held in Arizona in 2006, and the incredible time when Mike Stotter and I attended the sophomore event in 2007, in New York, having a lot of fun HERE and HERE
So if you want an escape from lockdown, and you’re having a bad hair day, then why not head off to Thrillerfest this July, from the safety of your armchair.
The wearing of a Kevlar Facemask, during these virtual sessions remains optional.