Annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

FSU’s Center for Creative Writing to Host Annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing will hold its seventh annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival, an event to bring together writers and educators with readers, editors, publishers and presses, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12.

“This is the major literary event in the region,” said Gerry LaFemina, director of Frostburg’s Center for Creative Writing, which is cosponsoring the event with the Allegany County Library System. The event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at various locations on Main Street in downtown Frostburg, is free and open to the public.

The festival has expanded to a weekend-long event with a poetry slam at Dante’s Bar on Thursday, a reading featuring several authors from participating presses at Main Street Books on Friday, 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. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions will also include topics on various creative genres, DIY publishing, self-publishing, promotion and marketing, writing local, and reading and writing online. In previous years, many writers have even found publishers through this event.

Leading up to the Indie Lit Festival, interviews and information about participating presses and journalists will be featured at the Center’s website, As LaFemina said, “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.”

For more information, call Allegany County’s Washington Street Library at 301-777-1200 or the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4340. A detailed schedule is available at

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:00am to 6:00pm

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Lectures/Speakers, Panel Discussions, Readings/Author Appearances


Free and open to the public

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FSU's Center for Creative Writing


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