Currently accepting new clients for private mentoring and editorial review.
WELCOME to The Word Studio. Founder Janet Benton has over 30 years' experience as a professional writer and editor and 20 as a teacher of writing.
MENTORING For writers and other purposeful communicators, Janet offers individualized guidance and support through private mentoring that enables real progress in crafting more effective, well-crafted, and powerful work.
WORKSHOPS The Word Studio offers workshops with exceptional writer-teachers to enable further growth in perspectives and methods. Most events take place in or near Philadelphia.
EDITING Decades of intensive practice make her improvements precise and effective. Bestselling novelist Pam Jenoff called her close reading and improvements "the Benton method, which has clearly worked for me," and a senior editor of Temple University Press described her thorough, effective improvements as "a Benton edit."
WRITING Benton's historical novel LILLI DE JONG will be published in spring 2017 by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. Set in 1883 Philadelphia, it is the fictional diary of an unwed mother. Her 2013 essay on how her mother's activism affects her own mothering appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times, and in March 2016, her opinion piece on women's history appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition to writing fiction and essays, Benton crafts writing for cultural and civic institutions that is accurate and engaging. 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 2014, she helped conceptualize and launch History Making Productions' documentary series on Philadelphia women's history.