Stay tuned for information on the  25th Annual  Festival (2021) when we will honor 
writer John Edgar Wideman
See the 2020 Home Page for recordings of events and Images from our 2020 Festival

We have now completed our  Annual Members Meeting held Dec. 10th, 5:30 - 6 PM 


Our Honorees


1996 William Styron

1997 John Barth

1998 Joyce Carol Oates

1999 E. L. Doctorow

2000 Norman Mailer

2001 Ernest  J. Gaines

2002 John Updike

2003 Edward Albee

2004 Grace Paley

2005 Pat Conroy

2006 Jane Smiley

2007 William Kennedy

2008 Elmore Leonard

2009 Julia Alvarez

2010 Alice McDermott

2011 Maxine Hong Kingston

2013 Robert Olen Butler

2014 James Salter

2015 Richard Ford

2016 Garrison Keillor

2017 Annie Proulx

2018 Richard Russo

2019 Amy Tan

2020  Barbara Kingsolver

JOB DESCRIPTION: Festival Coordinator (Contract position, January-October,
with fewer hours per week January-June, more hours July-October)
RECRUITING ORGANIZATION: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. is
a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to celebrate the American author and his
connections to Rockville and Montgomery County, Maryland. Through an annual fall
Literary Festival and related activities, the organization has for 24 years worked to
foster understanding and appreciation of the literary arts in the Washington DC area,
to recognize and encourage the works of adult and student writers, to honor an outstanding
established American writer, and to work with other cultural organizations to
advance public and private support for the literary arts.

POSITION SUMMARY: Position reports to the President and works with members
of the Planning Committee to prepare for and conduct a successful multi-faceted
Literary Festival each fall (around the time of Fitzgerald’s birthday, late
September/early October).

January through June:
• Collect, hold, and distribute information about the organization and its activities
• Assist as needed in scheduling monthly meetings of the Festival committee
• Help coordinate and distribute materials (such as agenda and reports) to
committee before meetings
• Attend monthly Festival committee meetings and report as needed on status of the year’s work
• Be responsible for monitoring Festival email and phone during the year
• Create spreadsheets relevant to such specifics as marketing, publicity and recruiting efforts
• Maintain and monitor Festival database of email and US Mail addresses
• Take suitable action on mail and communications (though not the
media); distribute emails to members and take suitable action related to ongoing mail
• Act as the intermediary for the public and attendees
• Manage and update Festival Website, Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media presences
• Other duties as assigned to assist the President July through October:
• Continue with above-listed duties
• As Festival draws near, manage registrations as needed for Writing Workshops and live attendance
a. keep track of numbers and analyze data for ways to optimize attendance
b. report to Festival committee as needed
• Attend all events associated with the annual Festival and assist as requested and needed
• Prepare materials such as name tags and Festival programs for insertion in participant folders, create FSF Scholar certificates, and arrange for Festival Honoree plaque

Education: Minimum of BA in Communications, Business Administration, English,
or equivalent experience
Required Experience and Skills: Minimum 1 year successful experience in public relations, organization-building; superior writing and communication skills;
proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and social media platforms; self-motivated;
ability to work independently and utilize superior organizational skills; ability to set priorities and perform under deadline; flexible, creative, enthusiastic

Schedule: Organization seeks a two-year commitment, starting January 2021. Hours
are minimal January through June, busy July through end of October, for an estimated
total of 330 hours. The 2021 Festival event will be scheduled – whether in-person or
virtual format – for a week in the month of October, 2021.

COMPENSATION: Compensation commensurate with experience and skills. Proposed
hourly rate is $15.
HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, references, and brief writing
sample to with subject line: FSF Festival
Coordinator position. Deadline to apply is January 30,  2021.


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival was established in 1996 to celebrate the centenary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birth, in Rockville, Maryland, the city where Fitzgerald, his wife, and his daughter are buried. The Festival seeks to honor the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and those of prominent American literary artists and to support, encourage, and assist aspiring and emerging writers and students interested in the literary arts. Originally a one-day event, the Festival now includes programs on three days. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival is co-sponsored by the City of Rockville and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.


To help fund the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, become a Member and enjoy special membership benefits!


To help fund the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, become a Member and enjoy special membership benefits!


1. To honor the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and to honor prominent American fiction writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and other literary figures and artists;

2. To enhance the literary arts by conducting an annual event which includes seminars, lectures, and other educational activities promoting the written word; and

3. To support, encourage, and assist aspiring and emerging writers and students interested in the literary arts.


F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

Rockville City Hall

111 Maryland Avenue

Rockville, MD  20850 



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