Previous Programs

    HLIT Stories of Atonement
    5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Break-Fast Dinner & Storytalk

    In preparation for Stories of Atonement, a.k.a. stories to cleanse the soul, please watch in advance: GRACE & FRANKIE, SEASON 7, EPISODE 3 “Bunny” (on Netflix) which focuses on atonement.

    Austin, TX  78745
    HLIT Special Austin Premiere
    8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Q&A with Filmmakers

    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Little Boy VIP Pre-Release Screening

    6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Meet & Greet

    Barton Creek Square
    2901 South Capital Of Texas Hwy
    Austin, TX  78746
    (512) 306-1991
    HLIT with ThriveFP co-hosts a VIP pre-release screening of a humanity-value based family film called Little Boy from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
    HLIT The Future of Storytelling
    9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

    HLIT VIP Long Table Think Tank for Guest Speakers & Advisory Board

    8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Heavy Appetizers, Full Bar, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, & Famous HLIT Raffle

    Please join us in honoring Roger Lowenstein & Barbara Corday with the Golden Goody Award (the Oscar for Social Good) for their tremendous work with the LA Leadership Academy.
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


    Main Headliners, Guest Speakers, Storytellers, & Panel
    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


    Light Appetizers & Complimentary Cocktails
    4:30 PM – 5:00 PM


    41 Ocean
    1541 Ocean Avenue
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (310) 566 – 3870
    HLIT The Future of Transmedia
    10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    After HLIT Party

    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM


    Speakers, Storyteller, Panels, Heavy Appetizers, Host Bar, Dessert, Famous HLIT Raffle, Gift Bags, Screening of Hollywood Goes Back to Story: Time Travelers Edition (27 min. doc)

    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Check In

    Light Appetizers & Host Bar

    Cross Campus
    820 Broadway
    Santa Monica,CA 90401
    (310) 395-3500
    The Hollywood Literary Retreat Zaca Lake, CA

    The Hollywood Literary Retreat, founded in 1990, presented a unique annual retreat by invitation only for industry professionals to return to the roots of entertainment through the oral tradition of storytelling.

    Featured Guest Speakers included Storytellers, Producers, Writers, Actors, Directors, Musicians, Studio and Network Executives, New Technologists and Professors: Jason Alexander, Adam Belanoff, Judith Black, Carl Bressler, Corie Brown, Milbre Burch, Jim Bursnstein, Carolyn Caldera, Don Cheadle, Sheldon Cohn, Donald Davis, Carmen Agra Deedy, Chic Eglee, Cynthia Gibb, Elizabeth Guber Stephen, Ken Hertz, Jason Hoffs, Susanna Hoffs, Tamara Hoffs, Alan Kannof, Nancy Knustsen, Aaron Meyerson, Esai Morales, Stephen Nemeth, David Novak, Jay O’Callahan, Rick Pagano, Jay Roach, Scott Rosenfelt, Tom Schleisinger, Kevin Smokler, Jill Sobule, Gioia Timpanelli, Christopher Vogler, David S. Ward, Lauren Weissman, Janet Yang, Ronnie Yeskel

    The Hollywood Literary Retreat Seminars

    How to Write for Multi-Media Entertainment with Jon Samsel, Jim Suave, Carl Bressler, Scott Rosenfelt

    How to Write Screenplays featuring Producers Stephen Nemeth and Carolyn Caldera

    How to Write the Half Hour Sit-Com & One Hour Drama with Adam Belanoff and Roger Lowenstein

    How to Compose Film Music featuring Curt Sobel, Joe LoDuca, Terence Blanchard, Bruce Broughton, Ken Hertz, Joel Roman, Robin Burgess

    How to Act featuring Cynthia Gibb and Valerie Landsburg from the hit TV series “Fame”

    How to Direct featuring Jim Pasternak

    How to Write Romance featuring Lynn Isenberg

    How to Write Comedy with Author Susan Shapiro and TV writer Charlie Rubin (“Seinfeld”)

    The Hollywood Literary Retreat Evening Salon

    Marina del Rey, CA
    Guest Speaker Literary Blogger-Author Kevin Smokler (founder of

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