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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!
All the Best!

I've attached my favorite Beatles song, "Penny Lane." 

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​Thanks to your encouragement, The Colors Out My Window is celebrating its launch day today! I would love to send you a copy.



What are you doing for YOU this summer?


What writers are saying:

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.



Join me for the WRITERS RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS  -- SUMMER 2020 -- and finish that book you’ve promised yourself you’d write.  For five inspired days in the Catskill Mountains: write your book, relax your mind, renew your spirit.  

This hands-on intensive is for new and seasoned Narrative Non-Fiction and Fiction Writers with a work-in-progress.  With space limited, the program affords each participant time to write, read, reflect, share constructive criticism, and grow in a supportive environment.  Sessions are held daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Lunch and snacks provided.


  • 30-minute personalized one-on-one pre-Retreat phone consult with Janus Adams

  • 30-minute one-on-one coaching session during the Retreat

  • 30-minute one-on-one coaching session after the Retreat

  • Getaway Night (optional): Driving tour of Sojourner Truth's Hudson River Valley and group dinner ("dutch treat")

  • Media training workshop: getting booked -- what television and radio producers look for; the secret behind on-air panels; mock on-air author interviews)

  • Daily gourmet lunch prepared on-site by our chef. Vegetarians welcome. 


All sessions take place, rain or shine, at our historic stone house. A limited number of rooms are available at special rates for attendees.  All participants are welcome to enjoy the grounds and public spaces.

Located in Stone Ridge, just 2 hours north of Manhattan, evenings offer time to explore the Hudson River Valley’s historic sites, visit nearby artisan wineries, and experience a rich range of cultural offerings and attractions.  


  • Date: July 27-31, 2020

  • Location: Stone Ridge, New York

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

  • Workshop Leader: Janus Adams 


​Emmy Award-winning journalist, historian, publisher; producer and host of public radio's  "The Janus Adams Show" and podcast, Janus Adams is the author of eleven books and creator of BackPax children’s media. A frequent on-air guest, she has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, FoxNews, NBC, and NPR. Her bylined syndicated column ran for 16 years.  With 500 columns and articles to her credit, her work has been featured in Essence and Ms. magazines. Her book, Glory Days, was licensed for “McDonald’s Presents Glory Days” Black History Month campaigns reaching 3.1 million readers. A Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, she has been awarded honorary doctorates from Shaw University and SUNY New Paltz, her undergraduate alma mater.  Tapped by the Ford Foundation to train and mentor scholars to write for non-academic venues, she traveled the U.S. for 7 years.  Now, with The Writers Retreat in the Catskills, she is sharing her experience, proven strategies, and coaching expertise with fellow writers.

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