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Membership and Donations- accepted by Check or Online

Dear Friends of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival:


            Happy New Year!  We celebrated our return to an in-person Festival in October 2022, with memorable presentations by 2022 Fitzgerald Award honoree Richard Powers, Special Guest Kim Stanley Robinson, and Keynote Speaker Alice McDermott and record attendance on October 15 at our new venue, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville.  Now we already are well into planning events for the 2023 Festival.


            As we announced in October, we will be presenting the Fitzgerald Award to Jonathan Franzen on October 21. Franzen is the author of six novels, including The Corrections (2001), which won the National Book Award, the Salon Book Award, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Freedom (2010), which won the Salon Book Award, the Heartland Prize, and the John Gardner Award; Purity (2015); and Crossroads (2021), as well as five books of non-fiction, among them the memoir The Discomfort Zone (2006).


Appearing with Jonathan Franzen will be our Special Guest, short story writer and novelist David Means; and we are delighted to announce that our Keynote Talk will be given by Ron Charles, known to us all as the editor of the Washington Post’s recently revived Book World and the host of the entertaining and enlightening “The Totally Hip Video Book Review.” And, as always, we will be offering a varied set of Writing Workshops, featuring such leading local writers as E. Ethelbert Miller, Margaret Talbot, and Tope Folarin, Short Story Contests for Students and Adults, and, inaugurated last year, an Art Poster Contest. The theme of this year’s Festival will be “Mental Illness in Fiction.”


Our events will begin on May 23 with a talk on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ties to his hometown, St. Paul, Minnesota, by David Page. Information about this and all other updated Festival news can be found on our website,


As in prior years, our success depends on the generosity of supporters like you, as well as on our major sponsors, the City of Rockville and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

l  If you have not previously been a Member, please consider becoming one this year.

l   If you already are a Member, it is time to renew your membership for 2023 online at

l  Please consider making a donation to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival.  The donation benefits are available at


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Festival.


With best wishes,

Gary Berg-Cross



President, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

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You may make a donation or  become a member by completing the above form online and paying via PayPal or printing out a filled in form and then mailing your check with your contact information to F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.; Rockville City Hall; 111 Maryland Ave.; Rockville, MD 20850

Please make checks payable to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. Thank you.

We look forward to “seeing” you at the Festival, virtual this year, but we hope, as in the past 24 years, in-person in years to come.

Thank you for your support.




Individual ($35) Includes a book bag and, if you are a writer, a waiver of the entrance fee for the Short Story Contest.


Senior ($30) Also includes a waiver of the entrance fee for the Short Story Contest.


Family ($45) Also includes a waiver of the entrance fee for the Short Story Contest and a book bag


Friend ($100-$499) Includes all the above and a bookplate  signed by the 2022 Fitzgerald Award recipient, Richard Powers, and a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Rockville: A Guide to Rockville, Maryland in the 1920s.


Sponsor ($500 and above) Includes all the above and a private, post-Festival treat, and our deepest thanks.

Donate what you wish. 

 Your monetary support is greatly appreciated and makes a difference! We are also always looking for sponsors for various festival events, from workshops to speaker support..

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