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welcome to the 28th annual
f. Scott fitzgerald literary festival
The premier festival dedicated to F. Scott Fitzgerald and contemporary literary luminaries, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, was inaugurated in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the iconic author’s birth. Nestled in Rockville, Maryland, the festival unfolds in the very city where Fitzgerald, along with his wife and daughter, rests in eternal repose. This vibrant event not only pays homage to the literary legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald but also celebrates the outstanding contributions of prominent American writers.
Beyond accolades, the festival is committed to nurturing, inspiring, and supporting aspiring and emerging writers, as well as students passionate about the literary arts. Evolving from its roots as a one-day affair, the festival has expanded to encompass enriching programs spread across three or four days. Proudly co-sponsored by the City of Rockville located in Montgomery County Maryland, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., this literary extravaganza stands as a testament to the enduring impact of Fitzgerald’s work and the ongoing vitality of contemporary American literature.
“Writing the Hard Stories.”
The Festival honors the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and recognizes prominent American fiction writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, literary figures and other artists.
The Festival enhances the literary arts by conducting an annual event which includes seminars, lectures, and other educational activities promoting the written word.
The festival, its organizers, supporters, volunteers and presenters empower, support, encourage, assist aspiring & emerging writers and students interested in the literary arts.
Saturday, September 28th, 2024
Theatre Arts Building
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
festival Schedule
saturday, sept. 28, 2024
registration opens
A stellar check-in process sets the tone for the rest of your festival activities.
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
workshop A

“Taking Your Right Brain Out for a Spin”
Michelle Brafman

“Pitching Non-Fiction”
Margaret Talbot

“Writing the Hard Stories”

Monica Mische and Jarvis Slacks

9:00 am – 10:00 am
workshop b
“Rendering Your Life on the Page”
Tope Folarin
“Unpacking the Literary Suitcase and Discovering

the Memoir Beneath One’s Undergarments”
Ethelbert Miller

“Listing Your Way to a (Lyric?) Essay”
Randon Billings Noble

10:15 am – 11:15 am
saturday, sept. 28, 2024
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Gary Berg-Cross and Festival Committee Members
11:25 am – 11:30 pm
A Conversation about Writing the Hard Stories
Jesmyn Ward and Kiese Laymon
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch Break
Purchased from festival or on your own.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Keynote Talk
David Ignatius on “The Impossibility of Trying to Write a ‘Gatsbyesque’ Novel…and Other Lessons from a Journo- Literary Career”
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
saturday, sept. 28, 2024
awards ceremony
  • Recognition of F. Scott Fitzgerald Scholars
  • Introduction of Jesmyn Ward
  • Presentation of the Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement
    In American Literature for 2024:
    Jesmyn Ward
  • Acceptance & Reading
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
esteemed author reception
Book Signing with Jesmyn Ward
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
tuesday, may 7, 2024
5:30-7:30 PM

annual membership meeting
A virtual gathering of festival members to discuss 2024 festival activities.
May 7, 2024
5:30-6:30 PM
special virtual talk
Lecture by Dr. Carlyle Van Thompson
“Jay Gatsby, The Thrill Is Gone: The Great Gatsby, a Blues Narrative of Racial Passing”
May 7, 2024
6:30-7:30 PM
contact us
111 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: +1 240-426-0770
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