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9th Annual Western Maryland
Independent Lit Festival

Downtown Frostburg, Maryland

October 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, is excited to announce that the ninth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival is scheduled for Oct. 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., at Main Street, Frostburg. The event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local community. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions include topics on various creative genres, DIY publishing, self-publishing, promotion and marketing, writing local, and reading and writing online.

In the days leading up to the Indie Lit Fest, we've scheduled several kickoff events:

Thursday, October 22: 

  • Poetry Slam at Dante's Bar (14 W. Main Street). Writers of any experience level are invited to bring self-written poems verbally duke it out for cash prizes.  $2 to attend and/or participate. Registration begins at 7:00 PM, and we will be slamming at 7:30.  For poetry slam guidelines, check out out Poetry Slam page.

Friday, October 23:

  • Indie Lit Kickoff Reading at Main Street Books (2 E. Main Street). Four editors introduce an author their press has published to give a reading.  This year's featured authors are Michael Ratcliffe (Free State Review), Mark Brazaitis (Autumn House Press), Margaret Bashaar (Sundress Publications), and Michael Gerhard Martin (Braddock Avenue Books).  Reading begins at 5:30 PM.
  • Indie Lit Kickoff Reception at the Center for Creative Writing (22 E. Main Street). Meet and greet writers, editors, and other Indie Lit participants over snacks and refreshments immediately following the Kickoff Reading.
  • Indie Lit Kickoff Panel Discussion at the Frostburg Public Library (65 E. Main Street).  Featured authors/editors from the Kickoff Reading sit on a panel and discuss the author/editor/publisher relationship.

All Friday events are free of charge. 
The public is welcome to attend any or all of these events.

Leading up to the Indie Festival, we will feature interviews and information about participating presses and journalists at the Center’s blog.

Says Gerry LaFemina about the event: "This is a literary arts festival. We're celebrating the writers, the teachers, the libraries, the readers and the publishers, but most of all we're celebrating that fire inside of us that wants to make up stories, that wants to be heard."

Registration for presses is free until July 1, 2015.  For more information, contact the Washington Street Library at 301.777.1200 or the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 301.687.4340.

Click here to view last year's schedule!

We are now accepting proposals for panel discussions until July 1, 2015.

Panel proposal submissions should include include:

  • A Panel Session Leader with a commitment to arrange the specific topic of interest
  • 3-4 Panel Session Speakers with a commitment to join in under the specific topic.
  • Title for the proposed panel session
  • Name, affiliation and email address of the Panel Session Leader
  • Short biography of the Panel Leader
  • 200-500 word abstract indicating a desired program component and submission track(s)
  • Names, affiliations, brief description/short biography of the Panel Speakers Intended to invite

Before submitting a panel proposal, the organizer of a panel is expected to contact all the proposed panel members and get their agreement to serve as a panel member. Each panel typically allows a certain amount of time for each panel member to present their response before an open discussion is opened to the floor.
Interested participants should submit proposals to


Previous panel topics include:

  • Comic Books and Graphic Novels
  • Writing & Food
  • Publishing 101
  • Books in the Digtial Age
  • DIY/Self-Publishing
  • Starting a Press
  • Ask the Editor
  • Building Community: Writing/Reading Groups
  • Writing for Kids of All Ages
  • Getting the Word Out About Your Words
  • Writing Spirituality
  • Digital Tools for Writers: From Inspiration to Creation to Publication
  • Writing Dialogue.

Craft discussions include topics such as:

  • Mystery
  • Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror
  • The Novel
  • Poetry
  • Creative Non-Fiction.


Event Photos

Panel in the Community Room.

Event photo 
Book Fair in the Lyric Theater


Event photo 
Panel Discussion in the conference room of the Lyric Building