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Working with scriptwriters
to develop
authentic female characters

Hello, I'm Joanna. Thanks for visiting my site. 

 

In 2020, I Iaunched this script consultancy after becoming frustrated by the lack of depth I saw in female characters both on screen and in the scripts I read. Repeatedly women would be underrepresented and underdeveloped and at writing groups I attended it was often the case that writers would be critiqued for their female representation. I thought hang on a minute, I'm a woman, and I think I can help. That's why I set up this service, because I want to make sure your female characters are as rich and diverse as women actually are. I believe I can help writers falling into any of these camps: 
 

  • Your female characters currently feel inconsequential to the plot. They are making up the numbers, rather than driving the action.  
     

  • Maybe you have numerous female characters in your script, but they are not standing out from one another.
     

  • You are writing about a female issue/s and would feel more comfortable if you ran your script by a female script reader. 

If any of these points resonate, please take a look around the site. My ambition is not to point fingers, but to help writers get their words and worlds onto our screens. I believe this is only achievable by creating female characters who belong in the 21st century. And if you are looking for a script consultant to look at all areas of your work, I am also available for that - as my notes and video feedback sessions will always include all the ways I think your work can be improved.  

Thanks for listening and please do subscribe to my newsletter for updates on my blogs, news and services! 

Happy writing,

Joanna 

Robbie Sunderland,
comedy writer

 "A major concern I had with my script was that my female characters weren’t active enough in the humour. Joanna gave me possible solutions without dictating what I should do, which is exactly what I was hoping for." 

Marcus Howell,
film writer

 "Joanna’s focus is on female characters, but she has an excellent insight on every aspect of your script. Her notes are concise, clear and are implementable. The zoom meet is encouraging, and she communicates well. It is good to have a discussion and reaction to your efforts. I recommend her.."  

Adrian Eley,
writer

 "Joanna is very knowledgeable and her insights are very astute. Her feedback improved my work enormously - and she does this in a very friendly, encouraging and supportive way. Writing is a solitary activity and Joanna's extra set of eyes are much appreciated."  


Claire Trivino,
comedy writer/performer

 "From the outset I felt relaxed and permissioned to explore my comedy writing, considering new aspects. She directed me to further useful resources and followed up with notes from our meeting. She clearly knows her industry and tailors the consultancy to the individual writer." 

James Watts,
comedy writer

 "It was really helpful to have a different set of eyes read it, point out its weaknesses but also remind me what was good about it.  Joanna's notes will definitely make the sitcom much better and I look forward to sending the next draft to see what she'll raise."  

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