"What's Your Story," a one-day retreat co-presented by Janet Benton and Lynn Rosen of Open Book, will take place in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania on 12-13-14. Janet will teach two workshops that day; see just below for descriptions. Here's where you can sign up!

Writers’ Retreat: What’s Your Story?

Morning Workshop: Find Your Unique Vision to Deepen Your Writing

Writing powerful fiction and memoir is an ongoing process of finding out who we are. Writing draws on where we’ve been in life, on what we know, and on what we have to say as a result. Any formative experience is a gift, and we each have a unique voice and vision. What gifts do you bring to the page? What stories are you uniquely positioned to tell, whether in nonfiction or fiction?   

In this workshop, we’ll engage in discussion and exercises to explore our story resources. We can take them farther in the free-writing session that follows.

Afternoon Workshop: Develop Your Stories Naturally through Scenes

The scene is the basic unit of vivid, powerful fiction and memoir writing. Rather than creating a plot first, we’ll pursue exercises that will help you identify a story arc and pivotal scenes; in this way, plot emerges as we move from one scene to another, as if they were stepping stones. We’ll explore scenes in general and your scenes in particular. What is a scene? What particular scene makes sense as a place to start your story? What do you think might come next? A second free-writing session will allow you to take your discoveries further.


Janet will also teach a workshop on March 7, 2015 at the annual conference of the Pearl Buck Writing Center, near Doylestown, PA.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Glenside Free Library in Glenside, PA, on Sunday, February 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., she'll be teaching a beginning writers' workshop, "Jump Start Your Writing." Admission is free but advance registration is requested at the library. Class is limited to eight.

While ongoing classes are on hiatus so Janet can finish a historical novel, special events will continue to occur! Please join the mailing list to find out about them as soon as information is available.

To enroll or ask questions, please email (see CONTACT tab to right).

PAYMENT POLICY: Payment is accepted by check or via PayPal (see link). As is true for every educational institution, at The Word Studio, each person's enrollment affects whether or not a class or workshop will run. A commitment to take a workshop indicates a commitment to paying the class fee in full. So that we can honor our commitments to our teachers, fees are nonrefundable except in the case of a medical emergency on the part of the enrollee or close family member.

A deposit of half is requested at registration, and the remainder is due on email notification prior to the start of class. (If you're registering close to the class's starting date, a single payment will be requested.)