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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              

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General Admission

Applications for the 2014 JIYW are now being accepted. Enrollment is on a rolling basis, but priority applications—those postmarked by March 1, 2014—are encouraged, as workshops fill quickly. Priority applicants receive faster notice regarding their status and have an increased likelihood of admission. Notification may take longer for applications received after March 1, as competition for available spots increases dramatically. Receipt of your application is confirmed via email. We will post a note on the website home page when we are no longer accepting applications.

To apply, please download, complete, and submit the application form and accompanying materials (personal statement and recommendation form) along with a 5-6 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

Tuition of $1300 includes all Institute workshops and activities as well as three meals daily. It does not include the cost of housing in a UMass residence hall, which is $26/night . (See Daily Life for more information). Participants are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements. (See FAQ for more information.)

Scholarships

The Institute offers several full and/or partial scholarships awarded on the basis of need and merit. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MARCH 1, 2014; however, we encourage you not to wait for the deadline!

To apply for a scholarship, please download a scholarship form and submit it, along with 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 socioeconomic 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, The Telling Room, 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: juniperyoungwriters@hfa.umass.edu.

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 seek out alternative sources of funding now, even before you hear back from us about a scholarship.

Cancellation Policy

A 75% refund is offered for cancellations made by May 16; 50% refund for cancellations made by June 2; no refunds after June 2, 2014.

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


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

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