23rd Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

Coming Soon

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD

7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.


           Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville MD

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

A Film Screening of “Nobody’s Fool” (1994)

           Adapted from Richard Russo’s 1993 novel and starring Paul Newman. The film was selected as one of the year’s Ten Best by the National Board of Review. Following the film, a Q & A will follow with Richard Russo.

9:20 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

Morning Workshops

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

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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

Master Class

           Richard Russo

12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.


Friends of the Library Montgomery County will be selling books in the lobby


12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

    •    Recognition of Fitzgerald Scholars
           Introduction by Scott R. Bayer, ELA Instructional Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools
    •    Presentation of the Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Student Short Story Contest Winner
    •    Presentation of the Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest Winner
           Introduction by Nathanael Brown
    •    Presentation of the Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature
           Introduction by Jennifer Finney Boylan

2018 Recipient: Richard Russo,
followed by acceptance, reading, and book signing

2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion:   “A Conversation with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s Granddaughters and Great-Granddaughter,”

           Eleanor Lanahan, Cecilia Ross and Blake Hazard; Jackson R. Bryer, Moderator

3:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Bus Tour of Fitzgerald’s Haunts in Rockville

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops

    •    “Fiction in a Flash” (Fiction)
           Caroline Bock
    •    “Fiction as an Alternative Life” (Fiction)
           Patricia Griffith
    •    “Checking Your Pulse: Learning to Write the Memoir” (Non-Fiction)
           E. Ethelbert Miller