"I wish I could stay forever. There really is no place like Juniper. Being in a community of creators is unlike anything I've ever experienced, and I found inspiration in everything because of it."
"I was so inspired by every prompt and assignment we had. By the second day, my writer's block was gone and writing wasn't a lonely thing anymore."
"Hearing all these people so in love with what I love changed everything."
"Juniper's community was warm and welcoming from the start -- I felt like I was a part of something special even before I knew anyone's name."
"I went in wanting to learn so much from others and be in an environment of those who think alike and that's what I received. I came in knowing only a few from back at my school, and came out knowing a group that feels like family."
March 27, 2020
In school my assigned readings were usually by white men of European descent. We read Homer and Shakespeare and Steinbeck and Salinger. We read Orwell and Dickens and Fitzgerald - writers who didn...
March 20, 2020
Write an abecedarian after Evie Shockley’s “tonight i saw” poem. Focus on an image that inspires you. Depict 26 thoughts, feelings, and sensations that follow the sight and/or thought of this image...
"It was incredibly refreshing to meet a whole host of young writers who I immediately clicked with. Juniper offered me with a support system for the future to fall back on whenever I need an extra boost of confidence (whether it be in my personal life or with my writing). All in all, I learned a lot about myself as a writer and even more so about myself as a person." —JIYW ParticipantMore Testimonials »
COVID-19 Update: As of 3/13/20 we we anticipate running the Juniper Institute in July 2020.
If we are advised that operating our program poses a public health risk, or the University deems that our program needs to be cancelled, any payments made will be refunded in full. This refund will include returning the deposit, which is ordinarily non-refundable.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at UMass Amherst. For information regarding COVID-19 at UMASS Amherst at large, please visit https://www.umass.edu/coronavirus/
An immersive week of creative writing for high school students finishing grades 9, 10 or 11
Dates: July 19-26, 2020
Program Cost: $2100 (includes room & board)
No application fee!More about the program