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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the online institute include?

Can anyone participate?

What do I need to participate in the Juniper online program?

Will I receive feedback on my writing?

How small are classes?

How much does it cost?

Is it live or can I do it on my own time?

Do I need to apply?

Who are the instructors?

 

What does the online institute include?

The full summer program includes Writing Labs with instructor feedback, Craft Sessions to explore different writing styles and genres, Participant Readings for you to share your work with peers, asynchronous Write-alongs, and Writer’s Life Talk where you can hear about behind-the-scenes processes of your writing instructors. The Winter Workshops is a more low-key program, offering just the Writing Labs, Writer's Life Sessions, and Write-alongs. If you would like to be a part of the winter workshops, you can apply here.  

Can anyone participate? 

The Juniper Young Writers Online program is for students currently in grades 8 through 12. 

What do I need to participate in the Juniper online programs?

  • Interest in creative writing
  • Desire to meet a writing community
  • Notebook
  • Writing Utensil
  • Computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Stable WiFi connection

Will I receive feedback on my writing?

If you participate in the full summer program or winter workshops, you will be placed in a Writing Lab that is capped at 10 participants and meets every day during the week. During this time you will receive small-group informal feedback, and at the end of the week you will receive written feedback from your instructor.

How small are classes?

Writing Labs are capped at 10, and Participant Readings are for Lab participants. Summer Craft sessions are capped at 30. Writer’s Life Talks have larger caps and are in a webinar format. Write-alongs are asynchronous, with just you and the material! 

How much does it cost?

The price of summer's one-week program is $900 (early bird price $800) and the price of the two week program is $1700 (early bird price $1600). The cost of packages range from $200-$400. The Winter Workshop program cost is $700, with an earlybird rate of $600. More information on cost, payment plans, and deposits can be found here.

Is it live or can I do it on my own time?

Writer's Life sessions and Summer Craft Sessions will be available to registered participants as recordings 48 hours after the sessions run. The Write-alongs are designed to be self-directed, and will drop at midnight and noon each day of the program.

Do I need to apply?

If you’d like to be considered for participation in a Writing Lab, you must submit an application. Application materials include a 3 page creative writing sample, a brief writer’s statement, and the email address of a teacher/mentor who will submit a recommendation form.

Who are the instructors?

Our Creative Writing Instructors are professional teachers and published poets and writers. They are graduate students at UMass Amherst pursuing their Masters of Fine Arts degrees who’ve participated in Juniper-centric collaborative trainings in order to develop program courses geared for an inclusive online learning community. Learn more about our instructors here.