The University of Massachusetts Amherst


When it comes to writing, you have the spark. You want to share your poetry and prose with others as passionate about writing as you are, who can help you take it to the next level. Juniper looks for writers whose work shows curiosity and risk-taking, and who are eager to experiment with forms and ideas new to them, in the company of their creative peers.

Since 2006, we have been developing and sharing our curriculum with young writers in the hope that we might offer them inspiration, mentorship, and immersion in the writer’s life. Our curriculum includes Writing Labs, Craft Sessions, Participant Readings, Writer’s Life talks, and Write-alongs.

During the summer of 2023, we will return to offering in person programming, giving participants a pre-college experience on the UMass Amherst campus, while also continuing to offer our popular online programming. Both programs will feature the same elements of our curriculum, all offering participants dynamic, engaging opportunities for learning, sharing, and community building.

Upcoming Programming:

Program Date Cost Application Deadline
Juniper Young Writers Online 2023 (JYWO) July 17-21, 2023 $1,000 Scholarship: May 1
Final: Rolling
Juniper Institute for Young Writers 2023 (JIYW) July 23-29, 2023 $2,500 Closed
JYWO Winter Workshops 2023 (JYWOWW) TBA TBA TBA