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Dr Helen Jacey

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Programme Leader BA English: Creative and Professional Writing

I am a transmedia storyteller, interdisciplinary researcher, and the author of books of fiction and non-fiction. My work explores emotional wellbeing and resilience as challenging the impacts of social marginalization and exclusion.

My guide for screenwriters The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters (2nd ed. 2017) is considered a seminal guide for representing gender from the writer's perspective. I have extensive experience as an international story consultant for federal bodies and numerous productions. I have published articles and chapters, and presented at many conferences, festivals and industry events as keynote speaker and panelist. I have served as a judge for numerous writing competitions. As founder of Shedunnit Productions, I write and publish the 1940s crime detective series Elvira Slate Investigations.

I joined Sunderland University in 2023 as the Programme Leader for BA: English: Creative and Professional Writing, and have founded the FACI interdisciplinary Creative Writing Research Network.

Teaching and supervision

I contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • Writing Dynamic Content
  • Advanced Publishing
  • Major Projects/Dissertation
  • Crime Fiction

Research interests for potential research students

I am currently supervising the following PhD projects:

Useful Nobodies: The process, practice and purposes of writing about unrecorded lives in historical fiction.

'I wish to remain vanishing': Representation of the voluntary missing and ambiguous loss in fiction.

  • Crime fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Gender and representation
  • Screenwriting
  • Script development
  • Transmedia storytelling

Last updated 28 February 2024