Veteran Writers Conference

AVAFest Veteran Writers Conference

This FREE two-day AVAFest conference offers conversation and networking with screenwriters, poets, novelists, storytellers, songwriters and more! Produced by Art Spark Texas.

The AVA Fest Veteran Writers Conference offers a conversational approach to writers and their writing. Learn from individuals who have turned the lessons they learned through their military service, into a voice for change. These men and women have graciously agreed to share their stories and insight in a safe and inviting location in Austin, Texas. This free event is a one time opportunity to network with established writers of all kinds, and make new connections within the veteran writers community.

Saturday & Sunday - OCTOBER 26-27, 2019

Austin Central Library
Special Events Center
710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX

Saturday - October 26, 2019

Conference highlights:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Keynote: Jack Woodville London, Director of Writing Education for the Military Writers Society of America and winner of the gold medal for best military and war novel of 2018.


  • Daniel García Ordaz, a.k.a. The Poet Mariachi, Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival.
  • 1 pm Matt Cook, screenwriter, director, and producer.
  • Co-artistic Directors of Thinkery & Verse, John M. Meyer and Karen Alvardo .

5:00 – 8:00

Open Mic and Musicians Showcase

  • featuring Soldiers, Songs and Voices

Sunday - October 27, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Creativity Workshop by Daniel Garcia Ordaz

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 Discussion

Register for the National Geographic "The Long Road Home" Screening and Panel Discussion

The Long Road Home, National Geographic (Episodes 1 & 2)  based on the New York Times-bestselling book by Martha Raddich.

Guest Moderator: Katherine Willis; cast memberof The Long Road Home.

Panelists: Mikko Alanne, Executive Producer; Melissa Wylie, Line Producer, Aaron Fowler and Eric Bourquin, Iraq Veterans, Advisors on Black Sunday, the Battle for Sadr City.

Thank you to National Geographic, Texas Film Commission, Austin Film Festival, Reeve Foundation, The Austin Chronicle, Texas Commission on the Arts, and National Endowment on the Arts for helping to make this conference possible.

For information on parking at the Austin Central Library:

For more information about AVAFest: Click Here.

To register or for more information: [email protected]

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