F Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Inc.

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • Seniors


Rockville City Hall111 Maryland AvenueRockville, MD 20850 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., founded during Fitzgerald's birth centennial strives to honor the writer, who, is buried in Rockville, & whose history is closely tied to Maryland. The Conference honors Fitzgerald and the literary arts: -to foster understanding & appreciation of the literary arts (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play, & literary journalism) throughout the greater DCA; - to sponsor the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival & to present an Award for Achievement in American Literature to an outstanding American writer. (honorees have included, William Styron, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Edward Albee, Grace Paley, & Annie Proulx. Each honoree presents a Master Class for attendees.) -to support, encourage, and assist aspiring and emerging writers and students in the DC area through short story contests and workshops; -to work with other cultural organizations and endeavors in advancing public and private support for the literary arts;


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, founded in 1996 to commemorate the 100th birthday of celebrated American author F. Scott
Fitzgerald, continues to celebrate Fitzgerald's life and work by honoring great American writers over a series of days around his birthday. We
also celebrate Fitzgerald's connections to Rockville and his paternal ancestors were from Montgomery County, Maryland. We honor the fact
that Fitzgerald, along with his wife Zelda and his daughter Scottie, are buried, in the cemetery of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in
Rockville. All of celebrations around these require planning to invite master class speakers and workshop leaders to a venue, normally in
person, but now held virtually. Planning takes place over a 12 month period and includes an advertising budget, social media support,
development of materials (some online some handed out such as a Program), registration support etc.
A cash award short story contest is held for adults and youth and nominated student Fitzgerald scholars at a Montgomery County high schools
are invited to a session with the honoree and another with an educator/writer. County English teachers are also offered free workshops..


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