The Institute welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013 Institute. Information for applying to the 2014 Institute will be available October 2013.
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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority applications—those postmarked by March 1, 2013—are encouraged, as workshops fill quickly. Priority applicants receive faster notice regarding their status and have an increased likelihood of acceptance.
Notification may take longer for applications received after March 1, as competition for available spots increases dramatically. Receipt of application is confirmed via email. We will post a note on the home page when we are no longer accepting new applications.
To apply, please download, complete, and submit the application form and accompanying materials (personal statement and recommendation form) along with a 4-6 page writing sample (double-spaced prose, and no more than one poem per page of poetry). Admission to the JIYW is competitive. To maintain the small size of our workshops and the intimacy of the Institute experience, we are unable to admit all deserving applicants.
Tuition of $1150 includes all Institute workshops and activities as well as three meals daily. It does not include the cost of housing, which is $26/night for those who opt to stay in UMass residence halls. (See Daily Life for more information.) Participants are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements. (See FAQ for more information.)
The Institute offers several full and/or partial scholarships awarded on the basis of need and merit. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2013; however, we encourage you not to wait for the deadline!
To apply for a scholarship, please download a scholarship form and submit it, and your scholarship essay, with your general Institute application. The Institute especially encourages scholarship applications from students of diverse life experiences, and those who have experienced disadvantage or discrimination.
Recently, generous support for scholarships has been provided by the University of Massachusetts Graduate School, the writers of Days of Our Lives and One Life to Live, and three Amherst-area businesses: Amherst Books, Flying Object, and the Rendezvous. In addition, the Alliance of Young Writers and Artists, the Steppingstone Foundation, and the John D. Langley Foundation have sponsored young writers by covering their tuition, housing, and/or travel costs to attend the Institute. If you or your business or institution would like to contribute to a scholarship for a young writer, please contact us: email@example.com.
Please note that, unfortunately, we are not able to fund all deserving scholarship applications we receive. In the past, some students not awarded scholarships have been able to attend the Institute by finding other sources of funding. Some high schools and community organizations will provide financial support to students wishing to attend summer programs. We encourage you to work with your guidance counselor or teacher to look into these alternative sources of funding now, even before you hear back from us about a scholarship.
A 75% refund is offered for cancellations made by May 17; 50% refund for cancellations made by June 3; no refunds after June 3, 2013.
PLEASE 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 the change of address—our office has moved!
Application form (pdf)
Recommendation form (pdf)
Scholarship form (pdf)
Please note: program details and personnel are subject to change as necessary.