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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Still Time to See Elmore Leonard

The 13th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference is a rare opportunity for writers of all levels to learn from successful writers—including Elmore “Dutch” Leonard, Susan Cheever, George Pelcanos and Laura Lippman.

The literary conference takes place on Saturday, October 25 at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. There’s still time to register, but writers and fans of the featured authors will want to do so right away.

Writers will appreciate the workshops; readers and lovers of literature will enjoy the rare opportunity to listen to and meet renowned authors.

Elmore “Dutch” Leonard, the prolific author of 42 novels and countless short stories, is this year’s honoree. Leonard’s work includes Freaky Deaky, Killshot, Maximum Bob, Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, 52-Pick Up, Rum Punch, and Ten Rules of Writing. Conference Attendees will get to listen to Leonard talk about writing and read from his work.

Leonard joins a diverse and prestigious list of honorees, including Norman Mailer, John Updike, E.L. Doctorow, Joyce Carol Oates, Ernest J. Gaines, Edward Albee, William Styron, John Barth, Grace Paley, Pat Conroy, Jane Smiley, and William J. Kennedy.

Susan Cheever, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including American Bloomsbury, My Name is Bill, Note Found in a Bottle, As Good as I Could Be,Home Before Dark, and Treetops, will deliver the keynote address.

Laura Lippman and George Pelcanos will participate in a panel discussion on successful mystery writing. Lippman was a reporter for The Baltimore Sun before writing novels full time — including seven “Tess Monaghan” mysteries. George Pelcanos published his first novel in 1992 and is the author of fifteen novels set in and around Washington DC. Their conversation will be monitored by Michael Dirda of The Washington Post Book World and Dirda on Books.

In addition to talks from these masters, writers attending the conference will participate in writing workshops lead by top-notch professionals, including editors of literary journals, authors of books, writing instructors, publishers, and others involved with the art and industry of writing.

Workshop topics include short story, novel, memoir, and story writing, from the page to the stage adaptation, author-publisher relationships, and more.

A limited number of registrants will have the opportunity to submit their work to a literary consultant or journal editor for a one-on-one consultation. This will be first-come, first served—an incentive to register sooner rather than later.

The conference will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. with events for everyone. The presentation of the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Award to Mr. Leonard will take place at 2:15. Visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/potomacreview/fscott/ for a complete schedule.

Learn more about Leonard “Dutch” Leonard in The Washington Post.

Conference sponsors include the City of Rockville, Montgomery College, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Gazette newspapers, Chase Suite Hotel, Round House Theater, Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd., and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.

Learn more about the conference—and register now—at the conference website.


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