Roye Okupe: Inside the Youneek Universe

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is an award-winning filmmaker, author, speaker and entrepreneur whose passion for comics and animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2015, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions, including, but not limited …

Schedule

Opening 10:00  – 10:15am Rene Rawls 10:15 – 11:45am Break 1 11:45-12:00 am Roye Okupe  12:00-1:00 pm Break 2 1:00-1:45 pm Nalo Hopkinson 1:45- 2:45 pm Break 3 2:45 – 2:50 pm Sara Raughley 3:00-4:30 pm Break 4 4:30-4:45 pm Antoine Bandele  4:45 –  6:00 pm Story Night 7:30 – 9:00 pm All times are in Eastern Standard Time

The Keynote Address

Nalo Hopkinson writes science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction; call it whatever you want, her novels and stories are full of the unreal, the futuristic, the unlikely, the impossible. She was born in Jamaica, in the Caribbean. She lived for years in Guyana as well, and in Trinidad/Tobago. But the bulk of her life so far has been spent in Toronto, …

Dreams of Monsters

Sarah Raughley is the author of several YA fantasy novels, including the bestselling Effigies series and the forthcoming Bones of Ruin series. Sarah has been nominated for the Aurora Award for Best Young Adult novel and works in the community doing writing workshops for youths and adults. On top of being a YA writer, Sarah has a PhD in English, …

Screenwriting 101: Learning to Thank the Antagonist

Description: You want me to say thank you? To the villain? To the bad person? Of course, this sounds a bit strange, but if you think about it, stories don’t really get going until the protagonist starts on a journey, and we have our antagonist to thank for making that happen. Curious to know how it all works? Then please …

Worldbuilding in a Familiar World

Antoine Bandele is an amazon bestselling author in action adventure fantasy, dark fantasy, sword & sorcery, african american fantasy, and african literature. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, though he spent one year in Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington while his father served in the U.S. Army. He lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and cat. You …

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