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Welcome! I'm Janet Benton, founder of The Word Studio.

Have you got a story you need to tell and publish? To accomplish this, you must learn your craft, tell a powerful story, and enter the marketplace wisely. I can offer crucial support throughout this journey. I’m a skilled mentor who guides writers further toward the stories they mean to tell, gives them the craft tools to tell them powerfully, and guides them as they enter the marketplace.

With decades of experience in publishing as an editor, writer, and teacher, I offer an unusual range and depth of skills to aspiring and accomplished authors. The big and small points of writing craft are best passed from one writer to another through close reading and commenting on work in process. This process creates far better writers and writing. Former and current students have attended graduate writing programs, won fellowships, worked with agents, and published award-winning and bestselling books.

Here are some of the many books I've helped with. Some were written by students and mentoring clients, others by authors publishing with university presses that hired me to help, including the University of Massachusetts Press, Temple University Press, and New York University Press. (Soon this display will include the awards and accolades these books have won.)

My debut novel, Lilli de Jong, was released by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in 2017 and by Anchor (as a paperback) in 2018. It’s also out in audio book, e-book, large print, and Hebrew editions. Lilli de Jong has been chosen as a Best Book 2017 by Library Journal, one of NPR's Best Books of 2017, a Bustle top debut novel of 2017, a Goodreads semifinalist for best historical fiction 2017, and a BookBub top historical novel of 2017. Kirkus Reviews called it a "monumental accomplishment." Learn more at My intense, concerted efforts for the year leading up to launch and since its release have increased publicity, reviews, sales, and readership.

Click here for more information on mentoring and publishing guidance. Click here for information on writing workshops in the Philadelphia region. Get in touch if you’d like to talk about the possibility of obtaining my help with beginning, finishing, and/or improving your manuscript and bringing it into the world.

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)

Go to the TESTIMONIALS page to read the words of some of the hundreds of writers I've mentored, taught, and edited.

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