Here’s what past participants are saying about the Juniper Institute for Young Writers:
Marianne Virnelson '11 & '12 Hannah Nahar '12
Jenny Ahn ’11 David Field ’11 Isabelle Ingato ’11
Chloe Madison ’10 Auburn Sky Gonzales ’10 Kyle Harper ’10
Emma Elisabeth Fosso McNairy ’09 Lily Barrett ’07 & ’08
Juniper has given me a burst of further creativity.
Before Juniper, my writing habits were to just write. Now they’re to write a lot, and to share it.
The readings exposed me to many new styles of writing. On top of that, I felt we were welcomed into an elite underground writer's society.
The support was crucial to my experience—it led me to feel respected as an artist and comfortable to express myself.
This experience impacted me forever. It made me realize there are other writers like me. I loved being able to connect and share my work. I made such wonderful friends.
When everyone you are with is a writer, you don’t feel so out of place in the world anymore.
Juniper is the first writing program I’ve done and I’m so glad to have such a wonderful introduction to writing.
Being with all these young writers is so surreal. With everyone focused on the same interest, it is easy to make connections, and easier to share the fear and excitement you have for your work.
Juniper gave me the tools to understand my world and a more complete understanding of craft. I now have many, many more ‘writer friends’ who I plan to stay in touch with in the context of writing.
Juniper offered the most amazing community. It was incredible to be surrounded by other nerdy, strangely dressed people who didn't so much as question the idea of listening to your characters tell their own stories or anything else "weird" like that. I felt so welcomed and wasn't at all afraid to share and discuss my work.
It felt like I was in a place where I belonged for the first time.
I am so sad to leave! Juniper strongly affected my writing and my life. I made wonderful, admirable friends and produced strong, bold work. I have learned to try new things, be unafraid, and always, always, always keep writing!