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FESTIVAL registration
Registration serves as the cornerstone for funding the literary festival, providing vital financial support for organizing events, securing venues, and inviting esteemed authors. It not only ensures the festival's sustainability but also fosters a vibrant literary community by enabling access to enriching experiences and fostering cultural exchange.
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why registration matters
Registration serves as the cornerstone for funding literary festivals, providing vital financial support for organizing events, securing venues, and inviting esteemed authors. Moreover, it fuels the creation of exciting programs, featuring diverse panels, workshops, and discussions that engage attendees in thought-provoking dialogues and immersive literary experiences. From book signings with renowned authors to interactive storytelling sessions for all ages, the festival’s dynamic program cultivates a vibrant literary community, enriching minds and fostering a deeper appreciation for the written word.
With each registration, participants contribute not only to the sustainability of the festival but also to the cultivation of a thriving cultural landscape. The funding generated enables organizers to curate an array of stimulating activities, including poetry slams, book launches, and literary competitions, which celebrate creativity and ignite passion for literature. By registering to support the festival, individuals not only gain access to these enriching experiences but also play a pivotal role in nurturing a space where ideas flourish, connections are forged, and the power of storytelling is celebrated.
IND
$35
INDIVIDUAL
Festival Entrance
Free Book Bag
Fee Waiver For
Short Story Contest
SNR
$30
SENIOR
Festival Entrance
Free Book Bag
Fee Waiver For
Short Story Contest
WRKSHP
$25
A BLOCK
Writing Workshop
Learn from the Pros
Michelle Brafman
Margaret Talbot
WRKSHP
$25
B BLOCK
Writing Workshop
Learn from the Pros
Tope Folarin
E. Ethelbert Miller
LUNCH
$15
OPTION A
VEGGIE POWER
Garden Salad
Water Or Soda
LUNCH
$15
OPTION B
PASTA POWER
Pasta and Meat
Water Or Soda
LUNCH
$15
OPTION C
SAMMICH POWER
Turkey, Ham, Tuna
Water Or Soda
LUNCH
$15
OPTION D
CARNIVORE
Chicken or Beef
Water Or Soda
festival registration form

EVENTS TIMELINE
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
Michelle Brafman & Margaret Talbot
9:00 am – 10:00 am
workshop b
Tope Folarin & Ethelbert Miller
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: +1 301-309-9461
E-mail: fitzgeraldfestival@gmail.com