PANELS | WORKSHOPS

WRITER’S INSTITUTE @
9th ANNUAL LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE BOOK FAIR

Workshops & Seminars

​Inaugural LPVBF Children's Animated Film Festival
Length:  1 hour 
Presenter:  Nina Womack
Location:    Community Room
Time:         10:00 – 11:00 am

The 9th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair presents it's first Annual Children's  film program featuring creative, exciting and imaginative films from around the world. Film selections will include  animation, live action and documentary shorts- good for all ages. 
Publishing Workshop: Self Publish you way to Success! 
Length:  1 hour
Presenter:  Pamela Samuels-Young
Location:    Community Room
Time:         111:30 am - 12:30 pm
Host:          Pamela Samuels –Young
Learn the nuts and bolts of getting your work published from bestselling AUTHOR AND attorney Pamela Samuels Young (Every Reasonable Doubt, Murder on the Down Low, & In Firm Pursuit).  Young will share the publishing tips and techniques that led to her winning the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction for her novel Anybody's Daughter, the only self-published book nominated in that category.​
​Resume Writing Workshop
Facilitator: Sade Washington
Location:   Community Room
Time:           1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Host:           Employment Development Department

​Create an effective resume or improve the one you already have. Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. Learn different resume formats and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Write an employment objective that shows potential employers that you have direction. Make the most of your work experience. Learn to overcome gaps in work history and age discrimination. Discover how to use references to your advantage. This workshop is invaluable for anyone who wants to create their own resume, or update an existing one.

Comic Book Panel 2015

​Comic Book Panel
BCH Community Room – Saturday, August 1, 2015
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

​The Writers Journey: Breaking into Comics and Hollywood Scriptwriting             
Length:      1 hour 
Location:  Community Room
Time:         3:00 pm– 4:00 pm

This panel will address the question every aspiring writer wants answered: "How do I break into the business?" If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the trans-media marketplace and you don't know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics will include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.  Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program finalist and new staff writer for Marvel’s Agent Carter, Brandon Easton (ThunderCats, Andre the Giant biography), panelists include:
 
Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, The Librarians), 
Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Living Single)
Tony Puryear (Concrete Park, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser)
DeWayne Copeland (CV Nation,)  
Hannibal Tabu (Top Cow Artifacts, The Crown: Ascension)
Brandon M. Easton
Moderator

 
Brandon M. Easton is a professional writer based in Los Angeles, CA. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Brandon was a U.S. History and Economics teacher in NYC for 6 years before moving to the west coast in 2008. Brandon  has written for the 2011 ThunderCats reboot from WB Animation and Transformers: Rescue Bots from Hasbro. Easton won the 2012 Glyph Award for his Shadowlaw series and multiple 2014 Glyph Awards for the Watson and Holmes comic series and a 2014 Eisner Award nomination. He is also the producer, director and writer of Brave New Souls documentary. In 2015, Brandon was selected as one of the eight winners of the 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program, which led to his new position as a Staff Writer for season two of Marvel’s Agent Carter
DeWayne Copeland
Panelist

 
DeWayne Copeland serves as Senior Director, Film and Publishing for California-based MYTHKEEPER Corporation.  He is the Assistant Editor for the graphic novels Chaosis, Little Big Shot, and Four Color, Inc. published by MG3, Inc. At MYTHKEEPER, DeWayne has written the upcoming science fiction short story Ja Rel Sunstormer and the Port Controller of Cruzar.  He also co-created and produces the super-hero web series CV Nation and has produced nine short films—three of which have aired on national television.
Hannibal Tabu
Panelist

 
Hannibal Tabu is winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, writer of Waso: Will To Power for Stranger Comics, Artifacts #35 for Image Comics, Fathom Sourcebook and Soulfire Sourcebook for Aspen Comics, and co-writer (alongside 2 Guns writer Steven Grant) of an issue of Watson & Holmes for New Paradigm Studios. He has two self-published novels, The Crown: Ascension and Faraway, available on all major online booksellers. His poetry has been published in (SIC) Vice Verse, A Drumming Between Us, Drumvoices Revue and Voices From Leimert Park
Erika Alexander
Panelist

 
Erika Alexander is a two-time NAACP Image Award-winning film and TV actress, best known for her starring roles as "Cousin Pam" on The Cosby Show and "Max" on Living Single. She currently appears as Carol Larabee on the hit ABC comedy Last Man Standing with Tim Allen. She co-created and co-writes Concrete Park, the award-winning graphic novel series from Dark Horse Comics.
Tony Puryear
Panelist

 
Tony Puryear is a screenwriter and artist, best known for his script for the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster, Eraser. He has written films for Oliver Stone, Mel Gibson, Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith. His poster for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign is in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. He co-created, co-writes and draws Concrete Park. Concrete Park was named one of The Best American Comics, 2013.
​Please note all panel programs are free, but have limited seating and are on a first-come, first-served basis. People appearing on panels are subject to change, and this schedule is subjected to change.  Please check schedules signs outside the Community Room door for updated information.  Thank you for supporting our Writer's program!