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9th Annual Western Maryland
Independent Lit Festival

Downtown Frostburg, Maryland

October 23-24, 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. 23-24, 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.

We have also expanded the festival to a weekend-long event with a poetry slam on Thursday, October 22, at Dante's Bar, a reading featuring several authors from participating presses on Friday, October 23, at Main Street Books, followed by a reception for press and journal attendees at the Center for Creative Writing and a panel discussion on the author/editor relationship at the Frostburg library.

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!

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