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Juniper Institute for Young Writers Online Creative Writing Program for Teens

Event Details

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass Amherst has long been a place to explore, create, and find a life-long writing community. COVID-19 has suspended all in-person instruction at UMass this summer, but organizers have taken the Juniper Young Writers program online this summer.

From July 20-24, Juniper will be entirely online with writing labscraft sessionswriter's life talksparticipant readings, and write-alongs. Every aspect of Juniper's program has been redesigned for online learning and community-building for writers in grades 8-12. Over the course of five days, students will write, revise, and compile a portfolio of work participating in synchronous and asynchronous offerings. They will learn about writing careers and the literary life and have the opportunity to share their writing in labs and readings.

Instructors for the Juniper Young Writers Online program are professional teachers, published authors, and graduate students at UMass Amherst pursuing their Masters of Fine Arts degrees.

The program offers several ways to participate in Juniper online: Teens can choose to apply to participate in the full program (deadline, Monday, June 1) or register for one of two writing packages (deadline, Wednesday, July 15).

Until June 1, the early bird pricing for the full program is $800 (regular cost: $900). Early bird pricing on writing packages ranges from $180-$375.

The Juniper Institute for Young Writer’s mission is to provide teens with a supportive environment that prioritizes creative writing, critical thinking, empathy, and action. Now, more than ever, it is important to have opportunities for young people to come together to share their love of writing and create community.