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 2022 in-Person Main Festival Day Schedule
October 15, 2022

Main day registration available on site starting around  8:15


9:00-10:30 a.m.

Morning Workshops (Registration Required -Go here to register)

  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

Hannah Grieco Topic: Hermit Crabs: Writing stories in weird, unusual forms!

A piece told through text messages? GPS Directions? A Starbucks receipt? Stories, whether they’re true or not, can be written in a variety of ways. Hermit Crabs, also known as “borrowed forms,” can be extremely fun to write and read – and they can really WOW your readers!

Try three new styles of writing and leave with three new drafts! We’ll read examples of several short hermit crab pieces and then write to multiple prompts. Fiction or nonfiction, or mix it up!

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

“The Last Time I Saw Paris”: A Film (See more here)

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 - go here to register)

  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 : 


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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