Maja is a London-based freelance screenwriter who grew up in Hong Kong. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2007 with a BA in film studies and performing arts and completed Royal Holloway’s feature film screenwriting masters with distinction in 2009. She was consequently short-listed for the David Lean award and awarded a special commendation for her feature script The Arches (an early draft of Fox Spirit), based on its “freshness of vision and ambition”. Later that year she was selected to be a part of the Athena Screenwriters Lab 2009, a development program for emerging women screenwriters. In 2010, she was one of 16 European writers under 36 who were selected to participate in the Pugliaexperience, a travelling story workshop organised by the Apulia Film Commission.
Her MA feature script Fox Spirit was selected for Sino-European co-production lab Ties That Bind 2015. Her family feature proposal The Princess and the Amoy Tiger progressed to interview stage for iFeatures 2014, and was subsequently selected for the Sino-European content lab Bridging the Dragon as one of five European projects in 2015, under its new working title The River Dragon Princess.
Her flash fiction has been published in The Good Journal (Issue 3) and the Story Cities anthology by Arachne Press. She is also working on her first novel and co-writing an indie game.
Maja is of German/Chinese ancestry and invested in exploring themes of identity, race and culture through a variety of genres. She is frequently inspired by folklore and fairytale. As well as being fluent in English, she is a native speaker of German and Mandarin. She writes mainly in English.