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The Institute welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles.


It is revolutionary to be able to talk to people who understand you and your passions.

— JIYW Participant            


    Application form (pdf)
    Recommendation form (pdf)
    Scholarship form (pdf)

General Admission

Applications for the 2015 JIYW are now being accepted. Enrollment is on a rolling basis, but priority applications—those postmarked by March 2, 2015—are encouraged, as workshops fill quickly. Priority applicants receive faster status notification and have an increased likelihood of admission. Notification may take longer for applications received after March 2, as competition for available spots increases dramatically. Admission to the JIYW is competitive. Due to the small size of our workshops and the intimacy of the Institute experience, we are unable to admit all deserving applicants.

To apply, please submit:

•          Completed application form
•          Personal statement
•          Teacher recommendation form
•          Writing sample of 5-6 pagesof prose (double-spaced)
            or poetry (one poem per page)
•          $25 application fee

Please note that your application is confirmed via email. Additionally, we will post a note on our home page when we are no longer accepting applications.


The Institute offers several need and merit based scholarships that range from full, half, to quarter tuition scholarships. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 2, 2015; however, we encourage you to submit before the deadline!

To apply for a scholarship, please submit:

•          General application materials (listed above)
•          Completed scholarship form
•          Scholarship essay

The Institute especially encourages scholarship applications from students of diverse life experiences, and those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage or discrimination.

Cost of the JIYW

Tuition of $1350 includes the JIYW curriculum, activities and field trips, as well as three daily meals. Additional costs are as follows:

•          On-campus housing is $216 for the week ($27/night). (See
            Residence Life page for more information).
•          Participants are responsible for their own travel costs and
            arrangements. (See FAQ for more information.)
•          Many young writers become inspired during the Institute’s
            evening  readings and wish to buy the vising writers’ books
            and get them signed by the authors.

Cancellation Policy

A 75% refund is offered for cancellations made by May 16; 50% refund for cancellations made by June 2; no refunds are given after June 2, 2015.

Mail all application and scholarship materials to:

Juniper Institute for Young Writers
c/o University Conference Services
810 Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Please note: program details and personnel are subject to change as necessary.