COVID-19 Update: The Juniper Institute for Young Writers will not be held in-person this summer. And we’re thrilled to still be able to offer our usual programming, redesigned as a week of synchronous, dynamic and participatory online learning, sharing, and community building in the Juniper Young Writers Online (JYWO) program July 20-24, 2020.
At the JYWO program, young writers of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles come together to find inspiration and to be a part of a community of creative peers. Over the course of five days, participants will engage with their instructors and peers in the pursuit of wild invention.
There are several ways to participate. You can choose to apply for the full program ($900), or register for one of two writing packages (costs vary).
How to Apply for the Full Program:
Applications due June 1, 2020. Ready to apply?
The Juniper Young Writers Online program welcomes young writers in grades 8-12.
Juniper seeks creative students who are dedicated to exploring the writing process and developing their skills in a collaborative environment. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles to apply.
Scholarships for the 2020 Institute have already been awarded.
Applications are accepted online, and admission is on a rolling basis until the program is full.
Application materials include:
Writing Sample: The strength and promise of the writing sample is the most important aspect of your application. The writing sample should be 5-7 pages of fiction (double-spaced) or poetry (one poem per page). Samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx, pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer in the writing sample.
Writer's Statement: This statement of no more than 100 words should describe your interest in participating in a writing lab. Please explain why this would be a meaningful opportunity for you and what you think you can contribute to the lab. Tell us what you write and why you write it!
Teacher* Recommendation: During the online application process, you will be asked to enter the email address and name of a teacher *(or: educational consultant, professional tutor, or guidance counselor) who has agreed to provide a recommendation on your behalf. Once you submit your application, the recommender will receive an email with instructions for how to fill out a brief recommendation form. Please let them know that their recommendation must be received for your application to be complete. Be sure to obtain permission from your recommender before submitting their contact information in your application!
Cost and Enrollment:
The full program cost is $900 (early bird rate of $800 until June 1) and includes all program activities (writing labs, craft sessions, writer's life sessions, write-alongs, and participant readings.)
Once your application is accepted, enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. A $200 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Remaining fees are due in full by June 15.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your enrollment before June 15, 2020, you will forfeit your $200 deposit. If you cancel after June 15, 2020 we will keep the $200 deposit and an additional $300 cancellation fee, but will return the remaining balance paid. There will be no refunds after July 6, 2020.
Requisite fine print: The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to cancel any program it deems necessary. In the event of program cancellation, payment will be refunded in full.
Apply Now on our Submittable application page!
How to Register for the Online Writing Packages:
Writing packages offer youth poets and writers a self-directed journey into a week of wild invention. Working independently, participants will gain insight to the creative writing process, with opportunities to learn from an extraordinary group of dedicated instructors, and to interact with a community of peers who share their love of writing and social inquiry. No application necessary!
The Juniper Young Writers Online program welcomes young writers in grades 8-12. Juniper seeks creative students who are dedicated to exploring the writing process and developing their skills in a collaborative environment. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles to join our community.
Package #1: Writer's Life Talks + Write-alongs
(Early bird rate of $180 offered until June 1. Regular cost is $200)
Package #2: Craft Sessions + Writer's Life Talks + Write-alongs
(Early bird rate of $375 offered until June 1. Regular cost is $400)
More details on programming and daily schedules can be found on our Online Programs page.