University of Massachusetts Amherst
June 20-28, 2015
The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity to participate in intensive creative writing workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers. Participants also have unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.
I have never met so many talented people and
made such strong friendships. If I could live here, I would.
It is revolutionary to be able to talk to people who understand you and your passions.
Located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the Institute continues New England’s profound literary tradition. Amherst, famously the hometown of Emily Dickinson, is a quintessential college town, full of great restaurants, cafés, and bookstores. Nearby Hadley and Northampton offer additional cultural attractions and museums.
The Valley is also a convenient base from which you can visit a variety of college campuses in the Northeast. There are five colleges in the Amherst area—Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and the University of Massachusetts—each of which offers a unique intellectual and social environment. Many more colleges and universities are within driving distance. Participants and parents interested in visiting schools in the region may find it convenient to take a side-trip before or after the Institute.