Working 2022 Main Festival Day Schedule
October 15, 2022

(Online registration is open

Main day registration available on site starting around  8:15


9:00-10:30 a.m.

Morning Workshops (Registration Required)

  1. Tara Campbell: "A Little Weird Can Go a Long Way: Generating New Stories" (Fiction)

  2. William Jones "What is Afrofuturism and Why Is It Important?” (Afrofutirist Fiction)

  3. Margaret Talbot: "The Art of the Interview" (Non-Fiction)


9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Workshop for Fitzgerald Scholars

Zach Powers -Topic TBD


8:45-10:40 (Free showing, no registration needed) 

“The Last Time I Saw Paris”: A Film

Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Babylon Revisited

"I heard that you lost a lot in the crash.""I did," and he added grimly, "but I lost everything I wanted in the boom."

10:55 - 11:00 a.m. 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Gary Berg-Cross, President, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m 

“A Conversation About the Art of Fiction”

Richard Powers and Kim Stanley Robinson


Noon-1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Keynote Talk 

Alice McDermott “Stories and the Quintessence of Dust”


2:00 - 3:15 p.m. (No registration needed)

Awards Ceremony


Recognition of F. Scott Fitzgerald Scholars

Taryn Trazkovich


Introduction of Richard Powers

Kim Stanley Robinson


Presentation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature

Gary Berg-Cross


Acceptance and Reading

Richard Powers


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops (Registration Required)

  1. Tope Folarin: “Are You Done Yet? On the Art of Revising” (Fiction)

  2. Morgan Gendel: “Create the Next (Hypothetical) Sci-Fi TV Series” (Science Fiction)

  3. Robert K. Musil: “Writing Comes Naturally: Catching the Wonders of Nature on Paper” (Fiction & Non-Fiction


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Workshop for Fitzgerald Scholars

Richard Powers & Kim Stanley Robinson


3:30 -5:00 pm

Bus Tour of Fitzgerald's Haunts in Rockville Registration is Required -Registration opens Sept. 1

Bus pick-up location: front of (Venue - UUCR) Bus leaves at 3:35, returns to UUCR at 5 pm

Eileen McGuckian, historian, will provide a personal tour of the small town
Fitzgerald knew in the 1920s. Participants will get a flavor of Rockville in the Jazz Age
and visit the places where he attended his father's funeral, where his mother was
institutionalized, and the two historic cemeteries in which he and Zelda were buried.
McGuckian is the author of six books on Rockville history, including Rockville: Portrait of a
City (2001) and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Rockville: A Guide to Rockville in the 1920s (1996). She
served as executive director of Peerless Rockville for three decades and believes in
preserving historic places for the benefit of future generations.

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