2021 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, September 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Discussion of John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers & Keepers
Discussion Leader: D. Quentin Miller, author of Understanding John Edgar Wideman (2018)
Friday, September 24 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fitzgerald’s Birthday Celebration
Showing of Documentary Film, “Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story”
Discussion with the Film’s Director/Producer Robert Steven Williams and Fitzgerald Scholar and Film Participant, Walter Raubicheck, Moderated by Jackson R. Bryer
Thursday, October 21 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Presentation of the Winners and Runners-Up
F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest
Taryn S. Trazkovich - Student Winner
Nathanael Brown - Adult Winner
Friday, October 29 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
“Readings in Honor of John Edgar Wideman”
Co-sponsored with The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD.
E. Ethelbert Miller
Saturday, October 30 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ellen Prentiss Campbell:
“Time Travel on the Page: Fiction Fueled by History and the Imagination” (Historical Fiction)
“The First Sentence, the First Paragraph” (Non-Fiction)
“A Different Way to Make a Writer” (Fiction)
“What is Afrofuturism and Why Is it Important?” (Afrofuturist Fiction)
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Gary Berg-Cross, President, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.
“Weekly Deadlines: A Personal History of The Washington Post Book World”
1:15 p.m.-2:10 p.m.
Recognition of Montgomery County High School F. Scott Fitzgerald Scholars
Taryn S. Trazkovich
Introduction of John Edgar Wideman
Presentation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature
Acceptance and Reading
John Edgar Wideman
2:10 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
“A Conversation About the Art of Fiction”
John Edgar Wideman and Walton Muyumba
3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Rockville: Rockville in the 1920s”
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
“Stop Staring at That Blank Piece of Paper and Fold Into a Mini-Comic Book” (Graphic Fiction)
“Are You Done Yet? On the Art of Revising” (Fiction)
E. Ethelbert Miller:
“Memoir as Vaccine: Saving Your Life and Memories” (Non-Fiction)