WELCOME to The Word Studio. Founder Janet Benton has over 30 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and 20 as a teacher of writing. Her mission is to craft powerful communications and to give others the tools, awareness, and support to do the same.
SERVICES For writers and others purposeful communicators, Janet offers individualized guidance and support through private mentoring that enables real progress. The Word Studio also creates workshops with Janet and other exceptional writer-teachers to enable further growth in perspectives and methods. Most workshops take place in or near Philadelphia.
Benton also provides well-crafted writing for cultural and civic institutions that is accurate and engaging and offers editorial services aimed at strengthening clarity, accuracy, and power. She has supplied thousands of pages of writing, sharpened thousands of texts, written style sheets to guide communications, and helped enrich and clarify clients' sense of purpose. Prominent projects have included the Philadelphia documentary series The Great Experiment, aired on 6abc. She served as script consultant for "Fever: 1793," which won a regional Emmy for best documentary in 2013, and as co-writer for "Promise for a Better City" (1944 to 1964). In addition, she helped inspire and launch a six-part series on Philadelphia women's history.
Peruse the site to discover more. Feel free to sign up for the mailing list and visit Janet's writing site on Facebook, too. Follow Janet on Twitter! Follow @janet_benton Or just get in touch to talk over your aims, to sign up for a workshop, or to learn how Janet can help with your project.
Showtime chose three essays from nearly ten years of Modern Love columns to reprint for their Masters of Sex home-page ad on the New York Times on July 11, 2014. Janet's was the lead essay.
A Swiss newspaper with a circulation of 550,000, Tages-Anzeiger, published a full-page interview with Janet about mothering and societal support for parents.
A short story is out in SWITCHBACK, the online literary magazine of the University of San Francisco's MFA Program. The editors nominated it for a Pushcart Prize. See "Instructions for Failure."
A second story, "For Objects Do Sustain," has been nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize by the GREEN HILLS LITERARY LANTERN.
AThanks to Alaina Mabaso for this interview on her blog. Here's a bit of Janet's point of view: "What are the stories that only you can tell? To me that’s the first step. What do you know because of what life gave you?…If you can tap into that material, and you can explore it bravely, and put it into words, you will be giving other people a gift, and it’s a gift for you, too . . ."
An essay on how her mother's activism affects her own mothering appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times. Visit www.facebook.com/WriterJanetBenton to follow a link to the essay.