WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Word Studio teachers have included Miriam Peskowitz (author of The Mommy Wars and coauthor of The Daring Book for Girls), Nomi Eve (author of two novels, most recently Henna House), Pam Jenoff (author of eight novels, including The Kommandant's Girl), Ilene Raymond Rush (Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, O. Henry Award winner, and essayist), Rosalind Warren (New York Times essayist), Ellie Slott Fisher (journalist and author of three books), and Marie Lamba (agent and author with Jennifer de Chiara Literary Agency).
Janet presented at three venues in spring 2015: a workshop and reading at the annual conference of the Pearl Buck International Writing Center, two workshops at a regional public library, and a full-day retreat at a manor house in Blue Bell, PA, copresented with Lynn Rosen of Open Book. The workshops focused on finding your unique stories and developing narrative and character voices.
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WHAT JANET'S STUDENTS SAY
"I want you to know how grateful I am. . . . You helped me to explore a creative side that I could never unleash on my own. You showed me how to become a risk-taker. You challenge me." Kimberley Jones, teacher, Philadelphia School District
"When everyone was asking me how I got my novel finished, I forgot to mention that you were the magical ingredient. If my writing has improved at all, it is thanks to you."
"Janet is knowledgeable, engaging, and approachable. She pushes me to challenge myself as a writer and never settles for anything less . . . She reminds me to tell a compelling story. Her workshops have been the best learning experiences I've ever had. Janet has a special ability to draw from her students their best attributes, while encouraging them to continue improving their deficiencies." Elvedine Wilkerson, retired school principal, Philadelphia School District
"I love your comments on my work. They make so much sense!"
"Nothing succeeds like expertise, and Janet has it!"
"This was an excellent, useful course that taught me a lot! The instructor was warm, extremely knowledgeable, and a superb communicator."
"Janet is a diplomat and handles her students well--while still maintaining control, she lends an air of empathy and sensitivity."
"Janet is a great teacher and infinitely accessible."
"This course has been one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. Janet Benton is a superb teacher!"
"Janet was very personable. You could tell in every class she had a genuine interest in learning about every one of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the class."
"I really felt Janet cared about teaching and helping us learn more about writing. . . . She made writing fun!"
PAYMENT POLICY: Payment is accepted by check or via PayPal (see link). A commitment to take a workshop is a commitment to pay in full, so that we can honor our commitments to our teachers. Fees are nonrefundable except in the case of a medical emergency.