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 2023 in-Person Main Festival Day (Preliminary) Schedule
Our Festival  venue  is Montgomery College Theater Arts Building51 Mannakee Street,  Rockville, MD 20850
October 21, 2023

Festival Theme: "Mental Illness in Fiction."

Copy of the Program can be downloaded from here

You may download a copy of our Festival Flyer here


9:00-10:30 a.m. Morning Workshops

Louis Bayard         “Writing Historical Fiction”

GG Renee Hill         “Turning Your Mental Health Story Into Fiction”

Margaret Talbot     “The Art of the Interview”

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Workshop for Fitzgerald Scholars (Topic TBD)

A Fitzgerald Breakfast

Free coffee and breakfast snacks available along with an open community conversation about your favorite Fitzgerald topics. 

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” and "Mental Illness in Fiction"

Jonathan Franzen and David Means


Noon-1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break (Book sale and signing available)


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Keynote Talk 

Ron Charles  “A Life in Books


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

Awards Ceremony


Recognition of F. Scott Fitzgerald Scholars

Taryn Trazkovich


Introduction of Jonathan Franzen

David Means


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

Gary Berg-Cross


Acceptance and Reading

Jonathan Franzen

3:15 - 3:50 p.m. Book Signing (books will be available for purchase)

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshops 

Tope Folarin           “Rendering Your Life on the Page”

E. Ethelbert Miller  “Lies, Secrets, and Memoir Writing”

Linda Ruth Stai        “Promoting Healing through Converting Oral History into the Written Word” 


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Workshop for Fitzgerald Scholars

Jonathan Franzen & David Means


4:00 -5:30 p.m.

Bus Tour of Fitzgerald's Haunts in Rockville Registration is Required -limit of 19 

Bus pick-up location: front of Venue  Bus leaves at 4:05, returns  at 5:30 p.m.

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