Screenwriting Hollywood Summit


February 15, 2020  at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco


The Writing for Hollywood Summit welcomes writers from all backgrounds who are interested in learning about the entertainment industry. The summit was organized by long-time San Francisco Writers Conference attendee and speaker, Cali Gilbert who has published a number of bestselling books and transitioned into screenwriting and filmmaking. Cali has brought together an elite faculty of instructors from the entertainment industry to share their knowledge and expertise for writers interested in writing for the screen, whether it be film, television or streaming media. The one-day summit will be packed with informative sessions for every aspect of the entertainment industry and provides ample opportunity to network with this creative group. Click HERE for the schedule of the Summit.

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STEVEN E. BROWNE is an online editor with 30 years’ experience in motion picture marketing; specifically, the creation and delivery of theatrical behind-the-scenes featurettes, promos, bumpers, Instagram and broadcast commercials.

CHRISTINE CONRADT has written 65 TV movies that have aired on Lifetime, LMN, Fox, Showtime, Hallmark, UPtv and USA. The primary writer behind some of Lifetime’s most successful movies, Christine turned the “at 17″ franchise into a thriller book series, published by HarperCollins in 2018. Based in L.A., she holds a BFA in Screenwriting from USC and a Master in Criminal Justice from BU. Reach her at Facebook/ScreenwriterChristineConradt or

EJ DEBRUN is an animator, storyteller and author who has worked at G7 Animation Studios,  Nickelodeon and LucasFilm Animation.

AYA DE LEON is a novelist, poet, educator, activist and hip hop theater artist.

CALI GILBERT is an international bestselling author, award winning photographer and filmmaker. As the creator of the IT’S SIMPLY book series, Cali has published several bestselling books of her own and now coaches other writers through the publishing process. As Founder & CEO of Tower 15 Productions, Cali is passionate about writing and directing social impact films and supporting other creatives through education and collaboration. Cali has a passion for supporting women in transition and shares her personal story of transformation as an inspirational speaker. Cali resides in Santa Monica, California. To learn more, visit

SARAH GRANGER is an award-winning writer, produced screenwriter and playwright, published author, and noted digital content creator and journalist. Her book, the Digital Mystique, was an Amazon bestseller in Media & Communications and an ASJA award-winner. Sarah’s articles have been published in Slate, Harvard Business Review, LA Weekly, Boing Boing, The Huffington Post, MediaShift, and The San Francisco Chronicle at She has also been featured on CBS News, NBC News, Good Morning America, and NPR. Sarah studied film, screenwriting and playwriting at the University of Michigan.

BARBARA HALL Barbara Hall is a film historian, researcher, and writer. She was an archivist and oral historian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for more than 20 years, and has also worked as an archivist for Warner Bros., the Writers Guild Foundation, and the Art Directors Guild. Her first book, Letters from Hollywood, which she compiled and edited with Rocky Lang, was published by Abrams in September 2019.

ROCKY LANG was born and raised in Hollywood. As a thirty-five-year veteran of the motion picture and television industries, he has produced, written, and directed numerous movies, documentaries, and television programs, including White Squall, directed by Ridley Scott.  He is also the author of eight books.  His father, Jennings Lang, was an agent for Joan Crawford and Humphrey Bogart before becoming an MCA/Universal executive and producer of thirty-five films. He lives in Toluca Lake.

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator, and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries. His V Wars vampire series is now showing on Netflix and his Rot and Ruin series has been optioned by Alcon Entertainment for television and film.

BOB SAENZ is an actor and writer, known for Extracurricular Activities (2019), The Right Girl (2015) and Help for the Holidays (2012).

PAUL ZEIDMAN is a screenwriter and creator/editor of the screenwriting blog Maximum Z, named one of Screenwriting Spark’s Top 25 Screenwriting Blogs. Paul lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco. When not writing, rewriting, or reading scripts, Paul enjoys reading comic books, running half-marathons, and making what could possibly be the best pecan pie west of the Mississippi. Email: