Veteran Writers Workshop

AVAFest Veteran Writers Workshop

Learn about "A Novel Approach to Writing Your First Book, or Your Best Book" from experts from the Military Writers Society of Americ. Produced by Art Spark Texas

Writing Workshop for Veterans and Family Members, led by Jack London and instructors from the Military Writers Society of America.

Monday - OCTOBER 28, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Registration starts at 8:30 am)

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

This FREE writing workshop for veterans and family members will help participants learn some of the steadfast rules for writing a book. Learn some tips on the craft of writing, and discuss the question, What is Storytelling? Each participant will receive a copy of the book, A Novel Approach, by Jack Woodville London. Come with your ideas and leave with a plan!

Jack will be joined by Bob Doerr and Valerie Ormond of the Military Writers Society of America during this one-day workshop.

The workshop will be held at the award winning Central Library in downtown Austin. Parking can be found at this link: street parking at Austin Central Library.

Lunch provided to all participants. Registration is limited so reserve your ticket today!

9:00 am

Introduction,  Jack Woodville London

9:15 am

Where Do You Start?, Bob Doerr
How do you become an author? What resources are there to help you? How much time does it take and what should I do with it?

10:00 am

Story Telling and Story Arc, Jack Woodville London
What are the ingredients of a story? Who’s in it? How do you get past the first chapter? How do you make the reader feel he or she is a part of the story and get them invested in its outcome?

11:00 am

Character, Valerie Ormond
Where do characters come from? How do they develop? And what do writers do to take their characters to the page?

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch: Take a load off, chat up the faculty. You’re one of us, okay?

1:00 pm

Dialogue, Valerie Ormond
When they do talk, what do all those characters say about their conflicts and how do you, the writer, get them to say it?

1:45 pm

Non-Fiction: history, memoir, articles, Bob Doerr
How is a non-fiction work written differently than fiction, or poetry, or a memoir? Or is it?

2:30 pm

Editing, Jack London
It's not enough to have a good story; your work needs to be mechanically correct and follow writing rules. If you want to become a writer, or a better writer, you must understand editing.

3:15 pm

Wrap Up

About the faculty:

Bob Doerr is the President of the Military Writers Society of America, Author of the Year 2013, and an award-winning author for eleven mystery/ thriller novels, including Greed Can Kill.
Valerie Ormond is the winner of the MWSA President’s Award and head of the Ambassador Program. She is the author of two multiple award-winning fiction novels,
Believing In Horses and Believing In Horses, Too.
Jack Woodville London is the MWSA Director of Writing Education and of this program. He is the author of four novels, including the 2018 Book of the Year in Military and War fiction, Children of a Good War, and the non-fiction course book A Novel Approach.

For more information on this workshop, a project of Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVAFest) and Art Spark Texas, contact [email protected] or call 1-866-489-8412.

AVAFest, a city-wide arts and community festival happening during October and November, is a project of the Veteran Suicide Prevention Channel. For more information, visit AVAFest.

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