Bigger and better ‘The Woman in the Story’ second edition!

I’m delighted to announce the second edition of The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters is published this month by Michael Wiese Productions.

Just in time for International Women’s Day!

Since its first appearance in 2010, this creative guide for screenwriters has been fully revised and updated with new case studies of a range of female characters from film and TV, and a foreword by Hollywood producer Susan Cartsonis.

Buy it here(USA)
Buy it here (UK)

What people say about the Second Edition:


‘The byline makes me want to write a screenplay with women in it so I can use this book!’ Gillian Anderson, Actor, X Files.

‘For anyone in the film industry – or anyone wanting to understand the inner machinations of the film industry – this book is a must.’ Celia Waldon, US Editor at Large, Daily Telegraph

‘Inventive…profoundly original and wonderfully clear.’ Sarah Gavron, Director, Suffragette.

‘The Woman in the Story provides a creative blueprint to inspire screenwriters. It gives writers looking to create smart, realistic characters the tools and advice to counteract biases and stereotypes. The goal of this is to increase strong and complex female characters on screen. This is something that is essential to the film landscape of today and for the future.’ Melissa Silverstein, Founder and Publisher, Women and Hollywood

‘More relevant than ever. Helen Jacey’s insights into female characters in movies is both thought provoking and timely. Compulsive reading for anyone interested in films or film-making’. Julian Farino, Director, Marvellous, Ballers

‘Helen’s book has played an important role in the efforts to change the landscape of women characters in film. The new revisions are proof that females in film are increasingly a force to be reckoned with but that there is still work to be done. The Woman in the Story points the way ahead and is a timely reminder to all filmmakers to create complex, dynamic, authentic and truly representative roles for women in the 21st Century.’ Lou Hamilton, Author & Creator of Brave New Girl- How to be Fearless.

I love the way this book is so thorough, but also encouraging and never daunting – making it seem perfectly possible to easily create a wide variety of credible, relatable, multi-layered female characters. And how great to find a book like this with so many current references.’ Tim John, Screenwriter, A Street Cat Named Bob

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