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21st Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD


8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.


           Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville MD

8:30 a.m.-10:55 a.m.

Screening of “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)

           Screenplay by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, based upon the 1997 short story, “Brokeback Mountain,” by Annie Proulx. Following the film, there will be a Q & A with Annie Proulx

9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Morning Workshops

    •    “Revision, Revision, Revision” (Fiction)
           Susan Coll
    •    “Exploring the Divide” (Fiction/Non-Fiction)
           Paul Goldberg
    •    “Crafting the Lede” (Non-Fiction)
           Margaret Talbot

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

           Roberta S. Mandrekas, President, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

Master Class

           Annie Proulx in conversation with Michael Dirda

12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.


Fitzgerald’s Haunts Tour

           Eileen McGuckian

Politics & Prose Bookstore will be selling books in the lobby
(2:00 – 6:30 p.m.)


1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:   “How the Assault on the Climate Became an Assault on the Truth”

           Tom Toles

3:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Featured Speaker:   “‘My whole heart was in my first trash’:  Fitzgerald, Fiction, Failure, and Fame.”

           Anne Margaret Daniel

Afternoon Workshops

    •    “Coming-of-Age: Young Adult Novels” (Young Adult Fiction)
           Caroline Bock
    •    “Finding the Lazarus in You: How to Rise and Write a Memoir” (Non-Fiction)
           E. Ethelbert Miller
    •    “Clocks, Watches, and Sundials: How to Contain and Move Time in Your Fiction” (Fiction)
           Dolen Perkins-Valdez

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

    •    Recognition of Fitzgerald Scholars
           Introduction by Scott Bayer, Montgomery County Public Schools
    •    Presentation of 15th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Student Short Story Contest Winner
    •    Presentation of 21st Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest Winner
           Introduction by Nathanael Brown
    •    Presentation of 21st Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature
           Introduction by Francisco Goldman

2017 Award Recipient: Annie Proulx,
followed by acceptance, reading, and book signing