WFTV Writers Group: Older women characters – a creator’s perspective, with Helen Jacey.

23rd January 2019 18:30

Wednesday 23 January| 6:30pm – 8:30pm (session starts 7pm) |Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road

The WFTV Writers’ Group meets each month for an informal gathering to give writers a chance to share experiences, swap tips, and reconnect with the world for a couple of hours.

For January’s meeting, join WFTV Writers Group Producer Christina Pickworth in welcoming Helen Jacey.

Older women are increasingly visible on screen, but what issues still affect creators when it comes to ageing? Helen Jacey will discuss and explore all things (or as many as possible!) women and age-related when it comes to character development for film, TV and other media and draw on character case studies from her own projects. Participants should bring examples of produced shows, ideas, experiences and characters to workshop. For anyone involved in developing characters they consider ‘older’.

Helen Jacey is the founder of Shedunnit Productions, which develops original stories across media. She is the creator of 1940s female sleuth series Elvira Slate Investigations and first novel in the series Jailbird Detective was published this year. A screenwriter and story consultant, renowned for her expertise on gender, feminism and the creative process, Helen has worked with international film institutions, production companies and leading brands at every stage of the development process. Her book The Woman in the Story: Creating Memorable Female Characters is the go-to resource for writers, filmmakers and students globally.

If you would like to buy either Jailbird Detective: Elvira Slate Investigations Book One and/or writing guide The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters in Trouble, in Love and in Power (2nd ed), signed books will be available on the evening for sale (£12, £15 respectively.

This event is exclusively open to members of WFTV.  If you are not already a member and would like to join, please click here or email


Event Details

Wednesday 23 January
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Theatres Trust
22 Charing Cross Road