Veteran Writers Conference
October 26 & 27, 2019
Special Events Center -
Austin Central Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78701

Saturday, October 26, 2019

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    • Jack Woodville London: Director of Writing Education for the Military Writers Society of America

    • Daniel Garcia Ordaz: aka The Poet Mariachi

    • Matt Cook: screenwriter, director and producer

    • John M Meyer and Karen Alvardo, co-Artistic Directors of Thinkery and Verse

  • 5:00 – 8:00:

    • Open Mic and Musicians Showcase

Sunday, October 27, 2019

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    • Creativity Workshop:
      We will discuss the nature of creativity and conduct exercises on creativity. We will then use this new information to conduct several writing and thinking exercises using our creative imagination. Led by Daniel Garcia Ordaz, founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival.

  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    • Film Screening and panel:
      The Long Road Home, Episodes 1 & 2
      National Geographic “The Long Road Home” based on the New York Times-bestselling book by Martha Raddich.

    • Moderator: Katherine Willis: actress best known for her role on NBC's Friday Night Lights; portrayed Cathy Smith in The Long Road Home.

    • Guest panelists: Mikko Alanne, Executive Producer; Aaron Fowler and Eric Bourquin, Veterans of “Black Sunday”, the battle for Sadr City, Iraq; Melissa Wylie, Line Producer.


Monday, October 28, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Austin Central Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX

  • A Nine-to-Three Writing Workshop for Veterans and Family Members

    • Led by Jack London and instructors from the Military Writers Society of America

    • In this writing workshop we will focus on the things that all of us need help with - organizing the non-fiction and fiction book, story arcs, conflicts, characters and dialogue, and memoirs - the things we want to write.

    • I’m Jack London, the Director of Writing Education for the Military Writers Society of America. Not only are all our workshop faculty veterans but we also are veterans who have won awards for our writing, veterans helping veterans and writers helping writers. We do not charge for the workshop. Our reward is the best reward of all: the satisfaction from giving back with our talents to help you with yours.

      To register or for more information: info@vsatx.org