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THRILLERFEST 2016 is complete!

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Thrillerfest 2016 ended just a few days ago, but I feel like I’m still there. I met so many great people; established authors, aspiring authors, agents, publishers, editors . . . It was another amazing experience. Thrillerfest is divided into different sections, each occurring on different days of the conference. Tuesday is MasterCraftfest. This is a one-day, intensive writing critique session. The small classroom setting of around eight students allows for an intense review of each students ten-page manuscript.


Wednesday starts Craftfest. It’s a day and a half of insight from the top authors in the business of a variety of aspects of writing. Character development, plot, dialogue, creating suspense. There’s over twenty different classes offered; a selection of four different classes each hour. All of them excellent.


Following Craftfest on Thursday is a two-hour section called Careerfest, where industry professionals: agents, publishers, and editors sit on panels and give their perspective on the industry.


Thursday afternoon is Pitchfest, where authors are given the opportunity to pitch their project to perspective agents. It’s about a three and a half hour session of ‘speed dating’ with an agent. I’ve been to several writers’ conferences and I can say there is nothing like this out there. Amazing opportunity.


Friday and Saturday is Thrillerfest. This is designed for the fans as well as the authors. There are numerous panels with a wide variety of authors; from the incredibly established to the first time novelist. One on one interviews with top tier authors highlight this section as some of the best in the industry are highlighted. This year, C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn, Walter Mosely, and Heather Graham were highlighted.


Saturday evening is the banquet. While I must confess, I had to leave before this, I’ve heard it is fantastic and I’ll definitely make it next year. Over the coming weeks, I’ll post some of my experiences at Thrillerfest. See you next time!


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