The University of Massachusetts Amherst


This summer in July 2023, we will again be holding the Juniper Institute for Young Writers in person, as well as continuing our popular virtual programming, Juniper Young Writers Online. Both of these programs will feature the same Juniper curriculum, adapted to support each mode of participation. For more information, see our frequently asked questions!

All Juniper Summer ‘23 Programming Includes:

Mentorship from working writers

Writing Lab Instructors are professional teachers, published authors, and graduate students at UMass Amherst pursuing their Master of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing. Each unique Writing Lab provides participants with the opportunity to present and discuss their creative work and in-depth writing topics with their instructors and peers.


Participants choose Craft Sessions to attend during the week of the program, wherein they’ll find opportunities to learn from talented and devoted instructors, and share questions and insights. Sessions are led by Creative Writing Instructors.

Inspiration for generating new work

Outside of Writing Labs, participants will have the opportunity to participate in guided group writing exercises and will also receive writing prompts to respond to on their own time or to stow away for later inspiration. We’ll also facilitate ways for participants to share their work and ideas generated during daily Write-alongs and Write-ins. The Writer's Life talks give participants a behind-the-scenes view on the instructors' work and creative processes, which always ignite new ideas and provide invaluable writing tips.

Close-knit Community

All Writing Labs are capped at 10, allowing participants the time and space to develop closer connections not just with writing instructors but also with fellow teen writers.

Written Feedback

At the end of the week, Writing Lab Instructors will provide a written summary of participants' work, evaluation of their progress towards writing goals, and future considerations for their writing.

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

Details for all of this summer's programming are in the links above. If you have any questions, we're here for you! You can join our mailing list to get programming updates, and follow us on social media (links below).