An established tradition in the D.C. literary community, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference is back from Sept. 16 through Oct. 30. Remaining virtual this year, the schedule includes a variety of discussions, workshops, readings, films, awards presentations, and a keynote talk from Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda of The Washington Post’s Book World. The events are all free to the public, with the exception of the writing workshops, which interested parties can register for at; they feature noted writers such as Tope Folarin, Lauren Francis-Sharma, and E. Ethelbert Miller. Adult and student winners and runners-up of the annual short story competition will read from their winning stories on Oct. 21, and the Writer’s Center will host a tribute to John Edgar Wideman on Oct. 29. Wideman himself will be in conversation with Walton Muyumba on Oct. 30 in “A Conversation About the Art of Fiction.” Sept. 16 to Oct. 30 at Free.