Day 4 – The Road Back Home With the Elixir

Gabriel JacobCave Diary

It’s easy getting used to being served breakfast in two sittings. First we’re offered a choice of cereals and oats, to be washed down with a glass of juice, coffee or tea; next Annie cooks us a delicious warm breakfast, with our choice of bacon, eggs (poached, scrambled or fried), beans, mushrooms and/or hash-browns. After today, we’ll have to do the pampering ourselves. … Read More

Day 3 – The Ordeal: Aren’t We All Just Failures?

Gabriel JacobCave Diary

This morning we came to breakfast feeling good about our progress. Some of us had killed our babies and made new ones (metaphorically, friends… metaphorically). Some were nearing the completion of their outlines, one was preparing for a high-stakes market pitch, others were just punching out pages, while yet others took important strides in other ways. On this screenwriter’s bootcamp, writers get stuff done! As … Read More

Day 2 – Pizza, Luck & Deadly Horses

Gabriel JacobCave Diary

I had no idea it was St. Patrick’s Day. Later in the afternoon when we were on horseback, someone noticed my anxiety and wished me good luck in the name of the Irish saint. As it turned out, it wasn’t me who needed luck… After a delightful breakfast, we branched off and worked on our own, while Karel did his … Read More

Day 1 – Kill Your Babies, Then Go Try Something New

Gabriel JacobCave Diary

The day started at 8am with a hearty hot breakfast, and like most get aways, we felt a slight anticipation of what the day might hold. Filled up on eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms etc, everyone broke off to work individually on their scripts. Until morning tea, every half hour someone would be called for their private one-on-one sessions with Karel. A couple … Read More

Day 0 – Arrival At The Story Cave

Gabriel JacobCave Diary

As an aspiring screenwriter and someone who is fairly familiar with the hero’s journey, I should have probably guessed… The title of Karel Segers’ five day workshop, was just a metaphor. For those who might be unfamiliar, The Story Cave is a variation of one of the many stages of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, specifically the Innermost Cave, where the hero delves … Read More