​​“How do you take the knowledge that we produce in the academy and translate it for the general public?  Janus undertook that project. She designed a game that she called “Advancing Public Knowledge: Get-in-the-Game.”  To me, it illustrates her visionary aspects, her ability to think outside the box; her creativity.”

~ Irma McClaurin, PhD
Anthropologist, Author, Scholar
Former President, Shaw University
Program Officer, The Ford Foundation


Daily Schedule  

10:00 am ET       Welcome, Introductions & Orientation
11:00 am ET       Discussion theme with Q&A: “What’s your ‘Question’?”  (Day 1)
12:00 pm ET       Writing session
  1:00 pm ET       Lunch – breakout session
  2:00 pm ET       Author readings and feedback
  4:00 pm ET       Special training sessions

  5:00 pm ET       Closing notes & assignment
  5:15 pm ET       Virtual Community Social with breakout groups​​​​

​​Thanks Janus for your wonderful feedback. It was exactly what I needed to hear about this particular piece and the overall goal of how I should present myself. That was actually at issue during the writing of this piece and I wasn't sure about it for all the reasons you pointed out so gently.

~ MR


Expires Tuesday, June 25, 2024

11:59 pm PT


Sign-up now to access this limited-time option. Features the full 5-day Writers' Retreat in the Catskills experience PLUS these exclusive Pre-Retreat bonuses:

  • 30-minute personalized one-on-one Zoom consult focusing on your writing sample, needs, and specific goals

  • 90-minute group coaching LIVE Q&A


Thank you so much for this morning's session!  So many good ideas, interesting, inspired insights, and lively banter made for a magical morning for me!  Do you remember the very first time you heard your favorite Beatles song?  The very first time you gazed upon a painting by your favorite artist in person, at a museum?  That's the way I felt this morning after the conclusion of our call.  Filled with excitement, and anticipation of good things to come!  Thank you for giving me such a gift!
P.S.: I've attached my favorite Beatles song, "Penny Lane." 

~ JJ



© Janus Adams LLC 2024

Finish the book that's in you!


If you don't tell your story, who will?

In these turbulent times of book banning, attacks on individual rights, and the suppression of historical truths, storytelling is vital. This year's Writers' Retreat in the Catskills is a pro-right-to-write, pro-right-to-read, pro-Black History, pro-sanity call-to-action: Tell your truths.  Write for our lives!

This virtual 5-day intensive for new and seasoned Narrative Non-Fiction and Fiction Writers with a work-in-progress features: themed workshops on the art and craft of storytelling, voice, structure, book proposal writing best practices, media training, self-publishing, and book marketing how-tos.  The program affords participants time to write, read, reflect, learn new skills, share constructive criticism, and grow in a supportive environment.  Space limited.​

Welcome to the Writers' Retreat in the Catskills 2024. 

We look forward to helping you "open the cages" and send your book into the world.

​An Emmy Award-winning journalist, historian, and playwright, Janus Adams is the author of eleven books for adult and 'tween readers. Her book, GLORY DAYS: 365 Inspired Moments in African American History, published by HarperCollins, was licensed by McDonald's for its Black History Month campaigns; reaching more than 3.1 million readers.  Her Glory Days-in-Concert, based on the book, premiered on Nashville’s Music Square for Warner Music Group. A recent social media video post went viral with more than 2 million views; increasing her following across 4 platforms. Host of public radio's The Janus Adams Show and podcast.  Major media outlets that have featured her work include: ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC, NPR. PBS; Black Enterprise, Chicago Tribune, Essence, Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper, Ms., New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and the Washington Post.  Founder of Harambee, the first national book club for African American literature, she changed the publishing landscape for writers, readers, and publishers. To the Retreat, she brings a wealth of experience and a passion for storytelling. 

​​“Janus Adams is a unicorn of a writer and editor, and anyone who has the good fortune to have her as a writing coach should count their lucky stars.  She is thoughtful, creative and deeply insightful.  She possesses wide-ranging skills and knowledge, and she is both practical and visionary.  She listens like no one else I know.  Janus has served as a journalist mentor-editor in my organization, The OpEd Project, for over a dozen years, and countless writers are the better for it.  I have been grateful for her wisdom and words on so many occasions, myself.  And lastly – I am lucky to call her a dear friend.”

~ Catherine "Katie" Orenstein
Founder, The OpEd Project

Join the WRITERS' RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS: SUMMER 2024.  For five inspired days, July 15-19, honor your calling, write your book, and renew your spirit.  Explore the worlds of corporate- and self-publishing. Build your media and marketing skills with fellow writers in this VIRTUAL experience. 

​​"There is no greater agony than

bearing an untold story inside you."

~ Maya Angelou

Thanks to your encouragement, The Colors Out My Window is celebrating its launch day today!

~ ​GS





​​This 5-day virtual intensive with Post-Retreat follow-up sessions is for new and seasoned writers of Narrative Non-Fiction and Fiction with a work-in-progress.  Writing sample required.

  • 5-day themed work sessions
  • Book Proposal training with Q&A 
  • Media training  
  • Group mock-interview  
  • 3 Post-Retreat follow-up LIVE Q&As ​​
  • 5-day themed writing workshop 

  • Book proposal training with LIVE Q&A

  • Book marketing training with LIVE Q&A 

  • ​Media training with group mock-interview and feedback

  • Post-Retreat Live follow-up Q&As: 

    • Friday, July 26, 2024, 7:00 pm ET

    • Friday, August 23, 2024, 7:00 pm ET

    • Friday, September 2024, 7:00 pm ET


Be among the first 10 participants to sign up by Tuesday, June 25, 2024 

and get these exclusive bonuses:

  • 30-minute one-on-one pre-Retreat Zoom consult 

  • 90-minute pre-Retreat group Q&A


  • Date: July 15-19, 2024

  • ​Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

  • Location: VIRTUAL

  • Genres: Narrative Non-Fiction, Fiction (writing sample required; maximum 25 pages, double-spaced)

  • Workshop Leader: Janus Adams ​​​​