Developmental & Copy Editing
Jayne Benjulian develops manuscripts, presentations, speeches & books in the humanities, performing & visual arts & marketing.
I am thrilled to recommend Jayne Benjulian as an editor. I worked with Jayne on the final drafts of my book, The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off, for approximately six months. Her sharp editorial eye and firm (yet somehow gentle) guidance were hugely important factors in allowing me to bring the book into its final form, attracting a publisher (Smith and Kraus), and crossing the finish line to publication. My book, a rather unwieldy synthesis of theatre history, existential philosophy, and practical advice for actors and directors, had taken me more than 20 years to write, and was in rather desperate need of a skilled editor when I went looking for one. I began by asking a friend and leader in my field, P. Carl (Arts Emerson), who might be a good fit for me. He offered only one name: Jayne Benjulian. I am grateful to Carl and immensely grateful to Jayne for her expertise, support and friendship. – Jeff Zinn
Jayne Benjulian is an excellent editor. Precise, thorough, concrete with her insightful suggestions, I would recommend her for anyone who wants an editor with a careful and exacting eye. And, she is a delightful person to work with. Highly recommend! –Marcia Meier
Jayne is dedicated to giving writers high value by delivering manuscripts evolved far beyond the drafts with which she begins work. Her signature observations and recommendations about structure and voice help clarify writing for both academic and general audiences, often suggesting revisions that take an author’s message beyond an academic audience to a wider public.
She acquired her working knowledge of the fields in which she edits after long experience. She was dramaturg and director of new play development at Magic Theatre in San Francisco and chief speechwriter at Apple. She teaches in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Her recent projects include helping authors develop memoirs; essays; oral arguments; speeches; and textbooks.
Jayne offers: developmental and copy editing for a full manuscript and/or a preliminary review and summary of recommendations.
She has mentored writers and edited the work of dramaturgs; producers; creative directors; speechwriters; graduate students and individual faculty in the performing arts and humanities; news reporters; C-level executives in marketing, technology and investment; and independent prose writers and memoirists.
The author of original work on branding and positioning; playwright and director interviews; essays on the relationship of artists to each other; and a poetry collection, Five Sextillion Atoms, published in 2016, Jayne earned an M.F.A. at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and an M.A. in English at Emory University.