WFTV Writers Group with Helen Jacey

14th June 2017 18:30

WFTV Writers’ Group: Developing Female Characters with Helen Jacey

Wednesday 14 June | 18:30 – 20:30 | Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road


As female characters reach new heights, the second edition of Helen Jacey’s creative guide The Woman in the Story: Writing Female Characters in Trouble, in Love and In Power, is published in the UK at the end of May. Since 2010, the book has become an industry best seller with its distinctive and creative approach to developing better female characters for film and TV.

To celebrate the publication of the second edition of The Woman in the Story: Writing Female Characters in Trouble, in Love and In Power event, Helen is giving a one-off masterclass Developing Felonious Female Characters to members. Helen will share creative strategies for developing characters who break the boundaries of morals, behaviour and expectations, using examples from her own forthcoming crime fiction series, Elvira Slate Investigations, and well known characters such as Norma Bates (Bates Motel) and Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder).


Helen Jacey is a screenwriter, author and story consultant. She received an MA in Screenwriting at the London Institute and her PhD from the University of the Arts London. Realizing that most screenwriting books don’t address the female character, Helen embarked on her own quest to explore gender issues and screenwriting, leading her to write The Woman in the Story, now in its second edition and the industry best-selling resource for developing complex female characters.  Helen widely lectures on screenwriting all over the world and is a story consultant for independent filmmakers. Her highly popular Writing the Heroine’s Story Seminar has run in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Santa Fe, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich, Oslo and she has given talks and workshops for the international industry. Helen is currently writing a crime fiction series, Elvira Slate Investigations. For more updates on Helen’s work visit

There will be an opportunity to buy the book (£17) and have it signed after the Masterclass – please note only CASH purchases possible on the night. The book is also available to purchase on Amazon here.


Wednesday 14 June
18:30 – 20:30
Theatres Trust
22 Charing Cross Road