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One of the guiding principles of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival has been to foster an appreciation of literary arts in young people. To this end, students who demonstrate interest and talent in literature are recognized at the annual festival as F. Scott Fitzgerald Scholars, and they are invited to learn from master writers in workshops, as well as participating in other Festival events.


As is Festival tradition Montgomery County teachers were invited to a free workshop, which was intended to further their support of young writers. This year’s workshops include the following sessions for our special guests:


Student Workshop: Making Meaning: Your Words Matter

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Fitzgerald Scholars and short story prize winners examined how language itself carries content and consider how to invigorate their writing voice by replacing clichéd language with more personal and specific choices.


Workshop Leader Zach Powers is the author of the novel First Cosmic Velocity (Putnam 2019) and the story collection Gravity Changes (2017). His work has been featured in American Short Fiction, Lit Hub, Tin House Online, and elsewhere. He is Director of Communications at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Get to know him at

Student Master Class with Barbara Kingsolver

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our student honorees, the Fitzgerald Scholars, and this year’s short story winners will enjoy a conversation with the 2020 Fitzgerald Award winner, novelist and poet Barbara Kingsolver, moderated by Richard Montgomery High School teacher Davina Smith.

Teacher Workshop: Creating More Inclusive Reading Experiences:

Moving Toward Antiracism in the Classroom

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Teachers considered how to create more inclusive reading experiences for students, the mindsets and pedagogies needed to teach in such an environment, and the resources to make it happen. By first analyzing ourselves as readers, and then applying our findings, we can create classrooms centered on equity and justice.


Workshop Leader Scott Bayer is an English teacher of 20 years and has served as a department chair as well as an ELA Instructional Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools. He is a speaker and presenter at conferences across the country and co-founded  #THEBOOKCHAT.

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