Have you got a story you need to tell and publish? To accomplish this dream, you must write regularly and learn how to craft a powerful story. A skilled mentor whose judgment you trust can offer crucial support on your journey. 

As an editor, writer, and teacher with a great deal of experience in a wide range of publishing settings, Janet Benton mentors writers throughout the United States and abroad. Her guidance and support can bring your practice and output to a higher level. Whether you submit your work in sections or as a whole, as you write a first draft or revise, this work can lead you to a stronger set of skills and a more meaningful manuscript. And the deadlines, email check-ins, encouragement, and insights she provides help to ease the isolation of writing. 

Benton has taught at four universities and has run private workshops in Philadelphia for decades. Her students and private clients have gone on to attend graduate school in writing, to self-publish, and to become published authors of acclaimed short stories, novels, and nonfiction at major publishing houses. Notable books include Pam Jenoff's The Kommandant's Girl and Larry Kane's Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 and 1965 Tours that Changed the World. 

She is also available to guide you through the processes of creating materials for querying agents, making wise decisions as you enter the marketplace, and launching a new book into the world effectively through a wide array of author-driven efforts. 

Go to the TESTIMONIALS page to read the words of some of the hundreds of writers she has mentored. Follow her on social media via the icons below. And learn about her debut novel LILLI DE JONG, released by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in May 2017, at www.janetbentonauthor.com. LILLI DE JONG has so far been listed as a Best Book 2017 by Library Journal, one of NPR's Best Books of 2017, a Bustle top debut novel of 2017, and a BookBub top historical novel of 2017. Kirkus Reviews called it a "monumental accomplishment."

“Janet’s skillful guidance and feedback have in large part made possible my career as a writer.” —Pam Jenoff, author of nine published novels, including the New York Times bestseller THE ORPHAN’S TALE (2017)