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Breaking into Hollywood
How to Successfully Break into the Entertainment Industry as a Book Author

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Produced In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference.

This event will take place via Zoom - please register via the Register Now button (to your right)

and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you prior to the class.

You’ve written a great book, or you have an idea for a great story and believe it will also make a great movie. But how do you make that transition from publishing to film? In this 90 minute workshop, learn simple yet powerful steps to get a jump start on your new career.

If you have ever dreamed of seeing your story up on the big screen, this 90 minute workshop will provide you with the steps towards making that happen. You will learn simple yet powerful steps you can take to connect with industry professionals, learn from the best in film, television and streaming media, and make your own mark moving forward. Drawing on the framework shared in her latest bestselling book, It’s Simply Filmmaking, Cali Gilbert will share the simple steps she took that led to her launching her own production company in 2019, hosting the premiere of her now award winning film, INVISIBLE at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and having success on the festival circuit. Attendees will leave the presentation with a toolkit of information they can follow to take the stories they’ve written or hope to write in books to the screen, and have success doing so.

You will learn how to:
•   Connect with professionals in the entertainment industries
•   Learn how to build win-win relationships with the Media
•   Learn how to educate yourself by supporting others first
•   Grow as a writer by learning other aspects of the industry, not just screenwriting
•   Capitalize on the newest forms of streaming media to reach success
•   Create your own path by starting your own production company

Cali Gilbert is an international bestselling author, award winning filmmaker and photographer. 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 has supported the San Francisco Writers Conference since 2012 as a volunteer and presenter. She is now the Coordinator for the Writing For Hollywood Summit which supports writers interested in a career in the entertainment industry. Cali splits her time between Los Angeles and San Diego, California. Learn more at and

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email [email protected] at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.



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Public $95
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