From his days as a U.S. Army quartermaster officer to the lectures he now gives to audiences around the country, Jack spent much of his life exploring a deep interest in World War II and its effects on the home front—particularly small towns.
A dynamic and engaging speaker, audiences love Jack’s ability to show how events half a world away brought about significant change to the home front in small town America. From a discussion of his French Letters series to his mission to honor veterans and their families through The Letter Project, Jack is a great speaker for audiences looking for a new perspective on seldom covered aspects of World War II and beyond.
Please enjoy listening as Jack London tailors a presentation on research for the Historical Novel Society’s annual conference.
Click here to listen to Jack on the Search for Research Panel
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Mr. London is available for hosting workshops, seminars, keynote speaking engagements, and other literary presentations. Please email us for information on having him speak to your organization or event.
Speaking and Appearances
April: Fort Smith Arkansas, Ozark Writers and MWSA: Point of View and I will also present my one day class with Don Helin to veterans on the fundamentals of writing
November 11: Romagne-sous-Montgaucon, France, Meuse – Argonne American Military Cemetery, Comments on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Armistice
October 11, Austin, Texas, Sons of the Republic of Texas: Exploring the historical (and utterly fictitious) boundaries of the Republic of Texas
September 13, Providence, Rhode Island, Historical Writers of America, Writing The Military Themed Novel
January 6, 2018: Southwest Writers, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Morning: Keynote address
Afternoon: Workshop on historical fiction
November 2: I speak to the State Bar of Texas on ‘Life after Law.’
New and Noteworthy…
September 27: I spoke on ‘Writing Bygonese’ to the Historical Writers of America in September. Afterward, during my book signing, in came George R R Martin, author of A song of Ice and Fire. We had a great visit and I was fortunate to sit with him at the awards table that evening. There was no word on how the last book will end, nor did he ask me.
My Autumn is filling up. Here is where I’m scheduled to speak and to give classes and presentations during Autumn, 2017:
September 7, 2017: Writing Your Story, a one day program for veterans who want to learn to write a book, at the Audie Murphy VA Center in San Antonio, Texas, with my friends Don Helin and Valerie Ormond
September 8, 2017: Writing the Serialized Novel, MWSA Annual Meeting, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
September 9, 2017: Writing about the War that Didn’t End all Wars, a panel on the stories, research, and legacy of the United States in World War I. MWSA Annual Meeting, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
September 22-23, 2017: ‘Writing Bygonese:’ Techniques to write historical fiction that makes the reader feel he or she is there. Historical Writers of America Convention, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Bernalillo, New Mexico.
Among the other participants are Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove, and George RR Martin, author of the Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) novels.
November 2: Life after Law: My Literary Life, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas.
MWSA, September 2014, Phoenix Arizona: Workshop
-Planning the Story
-Authors Working Together
-Sex & Violence as Plot device (
September 13, 2014: Military Freedom Hall of Honor, Pampa, Texas: World War: Our fathers, their fathers, and the wars they fought for freedom.
May 10, 2014: Keynote address to Central Texas Authors Convention, Why is there art, music, and literature?
April 26, 2014: Camp Mabry, Texas: The 36th Infantry Division and the War to End All Wars.
February 15, 2014: Boulder Writers’ Workshop, “Jack London Talks About Learning to Write.”
January 24, 2014: San Diego State University Writers Conference, “From the Iliad to The Caine Mutiny: Writing Military Fiction.”
January 25, 2014: 30th Annual SDSU Writers Conference – From The Iliad to The Caine Mutiny: Writing Military Fiction
Military fiction is a broad genre that often rises or falls on the question of whether the author uses characters to prop up the action, such as Pearl Harbor – D-Day stories, or uses the action to define the character, such as Tim O’Brien and Evelyn Waugh novels. This workshop focuses on story arc, character, and the risk of overwriting to show off zealous research in military fiction.
November 23, 2013: American Heroes Radio – Jack Woodville London speaks about World War II and French Letters: Virginia’s War and French Letters: Engaged in War.
November 6, 2013: Michael Dresser Show – Jack Woodville London speaks with Michael Dresser about his book, French Letters: Engaged in War.
October 30, 2013: Cultural Cocktails with Janice Ross – Jack Woodville London speaks with Janice Ross.
July 12-14, 2013: LexiCon Writers Conference – 3110 Colorado Blvd., Denton, Texas, 76210. Author Jack W. London will be leading a presentation on – “The Girl with the Pearl Laptop” – Research for Historical Novels that transport readers into time, place, and intimacy.
June 21-23, 2013: Historical Naval Society Conference – Renaissance Vinoy Hotel St. Petersburg, Florida Jack Woodville London will be participating on a panel entitled: Historical Fiction: The Search for Research Solid research is at the crux of all great historical fiction. Without the ability to fully immerse your readers in a particular time and place, your novel is likely to end up in the remainder pile, if it gets published at all. Jack Woodville London, author of the French Letters series exploring World War II both on home front and in the hedgerows of wartime France, will offer tips on how research can help you create rich, believable characters and settings when the historical record is thin or nonexistent.
June 22, 2013: Old Tampa Book Company – 507 N Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602. 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Speaking Engagement & Signing.
June 6, 2013: Our Echo (radio) 11:00 a.m. – Jack will be discussing WWII history and his French Letters novels with host Rich Simpson.
November 11, 2012: Silent Wings Museum – 6202 N I-27, Lubbock, Texas 79403. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Free admission. 2:00 pm : Opening Ceremony – Veteran’s Day Presidential Proclamation. Immediately followed by guest presentation from Jack Woodville London. More info on Facebook.
September 18, 2012:Rotary Club of East Austin – Meeting at the Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1501 East Sixth Street, Jack Woodville London will speak to the Rotary London will share adventures from his recent trip to military bases in Italy and Spain as part of the US Navy Writers on Deck program.
August 30, 2012: Downtown Austin Founder Lions Club – the oldest Lions Club in the US – at 11:45 am. This premier Lions Club meets at the Wells Fargo Building, 400 W 15th St, 3rd floor- London shared adventures from his recent trip to Italy and Spain as part of the US Navy Writers On Deck program.
July 21 – 22, 2012: LEXICON WRITERS CONFERENCE, Denton, Texas
June 14, 2012: Oak Hill Rotary, Meet at Cannoli Joe’s, 4715 US Hwy 290 West Austin, TX, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm. Jack will share stories from his tour of Italy and Spain with the US Navy’s Writers on Deck program.
May 18 to 27, 2012: Writers on Deck Tour to Sicily, Naples, and Spain, for the US Navy
March 26, 2012: Interview with Military Moms Talk Radio. Click here to listen live.
January 21, 2012: Mystery Workshop, Paragraphs Bookstore, South Padre Island, Texas
January 10, 2012: The King’s English, Salt Lake City, Utah, with Donna McAleer, 2010 Best Non-Fiction Award for Porcelain Steel
December 6, 2011: Center for Fiction Awards Gala and Benefit Dinner, University Club, New York City 6:00 p.m.
November 6, 2011: Beth Shalom Seniors Literary Society, 1002 Retama, Cedar Park, Texas, 1:00 p.m.
October 30, 2011: Signing, Texas Author Day, San Marcos Texas Public Library 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
October 27, 2011: Texas University Union, Austin, Texas Leonard Pitts, 4:00 p.m.
October 1, 2011: MWSA, Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Pittsburgh, Pa.
September 29, 2011: Military Writers Society of America, Pittsburgh, “Writing Fiction Dialogue”
September 15, 2011: Papier Plume, New Orleans, 2:00
August, 2011: Dispatches, MWSA, ‘No Good Deed Goes Unpunished’, Article
June 18, 2011: Father’s Day Signing, Paragraphs Book Store, South Padre Island, Texas
June 16, 2011: Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of Documents, The Letters Project: The Civil War Diary of A Virginia School Girl
June 10, 2011: Stanford’s Books, 12-14 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, England, UK
June 6, 2011: KENS, San Antonio, Texas: “D-Day,” Appearance with Lt. General Paul Myers, MD, retired Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, 10:00 a.m. June: Dispatches, MWSA, ‘D-Day: The 6th of June,’ article
May 27, 2011: Snapka Scholarship Reception, read and sign, Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Texas
May 27, 2011: KZTV, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12:00 noon
May 7, 2011: History Czar, syndicated, Paul Bruno, Las Vegas, Nevada May: Dispatches, MWSA, ‘The Law of Unintended Consequences,’ Article
Spring 2011: On Patrol, USO, “Connected or Just in Touch? Letters Home in the Age of Technology,” Article.
April 27, 2011: Center for Fiction, NYC, 5:00 p.m.
February 22, 2011: Matt LeBlanc, KCEN – TV, Waco, 8:00 a.m.
February 21, 2011: I-35 Prime, Scholarship Event Signing, Waco, 6:00
January 28, 2011: KZSB 1290, Santa Barbara, California, Interview, Ron Herron
January 12, 2011: Community Focus, WTSU-FM, Troy, Alabama, 2:00
Jack loves to hear from veterans, their families, readers and others who have a question, comment or story to tell. If you have questions or other thoughts, please send Jack a message here.