About the Book:
Venturing where other screenwriting guides fear to tread, The Woman in the Story by Helen Jacey provides screenwriters and storytellers with a groundbreaking creative paradigm for the creation of memorable female characters.
Creating a memorable female character with huge audience appeal is not just a matter of choosing a heroine over a hero. By creating a heroine, the screenwriter has to consider all kinds of differences, from character development to gender issues in the development process. Venturing where other screenwriting guides fear to tread, The Woman in the Story provides screenwriters and storytellers with a groundbreaking creative paradigm for the creation of memorable female characters. Written by a professional screenwriter for screenwriters, this is a long-overdue "how to" with a difference, casting a refreshingly honest and empowering woman-centric light on every stage of the writing process.
Inspired by female psychology and gender issues, The Woman in the Story guides the screenwriter through a highly creative conceptual process of development. Each of the ten chapters presents new principles that are designed to stimulate and encourage risk taking and prevent stereotyping in female characterization. Plenty of film examples and unique exercises equip the screenwriter with all the skills necessary to develop their own memorable female character from start to finish.
What people say:
"Insightful and incisive, The Woman in the Story is the first road map to previously uncharted screenwriting territory. Whether devoured whole or in bite-sized pieces it never fails to engage and inform." — Robert Jones, Producer, Dirty Pretty Things
"As a film producer whose life is spent submerged in scripts, living and breathing the evolution of a character, it is wonderful that a screenwriting guide to the female character has been written with such intelligence, sensitivity, and insight by a hands-on experienced female writer." — Suzanne Mackie, Producer, Calendar Girls
"Helen's understanding and sensitivity are extraordinary. Not only is she able to to nail dialogue and relationships with pinpoint accuracy and wit, but she brings a humanity and three-dimensionality to her characters that is genuinely refreshing and rarely found." — Gareth Wiley, Producer, Vicky Cristine Barcelona
"Just the byline makes me want to write a screenplay with women in it so I can use this book." — Gillian Anderson, Actress/Director, The X Files, The House of Mirth, Bleak House
"Helen Jacey has created a much needed blueprint to creating strong female characters." — Melissa Silverstein, Founder, Women & Hollywood
"Helen Jacey's book is an excellent resource for writers looking to create complex, compelling, and truly 'memorable heroines'. With our screens dominated by strong male characters, The Woman in the Story should be a catalyst for many equally exciting roles for women." — Kate Kinninmont, CEO, Women in Film & Television (UK)
About the Author:
Helen Jacey is a professional screenwriter with over ten years experience in the UK film industry. She has sold or had optioned all her spec screenplays and has been commissioned to write numerous screenplays for UK and European Film Production Companies. Helen lectures on the MA in Screenwriting at two leading Screen Academies, University of the Arts London and Bournemouth University.