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New this summer: a longer session of Juniper Young Writers Online!  Week one runs July 12-16; Week One participants can opt in for Week Two, July 19-23.

Applications are required for the one and two-week sessions; acceptance is rolling until the program is filled. Scholarships are available. 

Self-guided Writing Packages will be offered during Week One, so you can engage with writing at your own pace. Enrollment for these packages will open in April, and do not require an application.

Details for all of this summer's programming are below. If you have any questions, we're here for you


Week One: Writing Lab, July 12-16

This is the Juniper you know and love! It's 5 days packed full with Write-alongs, Craft Sessions, Writing Lab, Writer’s Life Talks, and finished off with a Participant Reading. Explore what you get in Week One


 

Week Two: Intensive, July 19-23

Participants in Week One can opt in to the Week Two Intensive, where you will work one-on-one with a mentor (one of our Creative Writing Instructors) to construct a dedicated writing plan, and complete a project in a genre of your choosing. Daily meetings with your mentor and 3-5 peers will help you focus on your unique style and writing routine, as you work toward completing your project. Explore what you get in Week Two.


Apply

We have one application form. Applicants for both the one and two-week programs will use the same application form. Use the drop-down menue in your application to indicate if you are applying for one or two weeks. More details about the elements of your application can be found on our Apply page


Cost

One week program (July 12-16): $900 (early bird price $800)

Two week program (July 12-16 & July 19-23): $1700 (early bird price $1600)

Writing Package costs are listed below (early bird price and scholarships are not available for packages at this time).

The scholarship and early bird deadine is April 15.
The final deadline to apply is May 17.

UMass affiliate & Alumni discount: children of UMass Amherst students, faculty or staff, and Juniper alumni receive a $100 discount.
Cancellations made before June 28 will be refunded, minus the $200 non-refundable deposit. There are no refunds after June 28. The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to cancel any program it deems necessary. In the event of program cancellation, payment will be refunded in full.


What you get in Week One: Writing Lab, July 12-16, 2021

18 Contact Hours with Instructors

Writing lab Instructors are professional teachers, published authors, and graduate students at UMass Amherst pursuing their Masters of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing. With daily live meetings in Craft Sessions and Writing Lab, participants have the opportunity to discuss their work and in-depth writing topics with their Instructors and peers. Learn more about the Instructors here.

5 electives

Participants will meet and interact with peers in five virtual Craft Sessions over five days; finding opportunity to write together and share questions and insights. Sessions are led by Creative Writing Instructors. See sample sessions here

Inspiration for generating new work

Writing prompts and challenges are emailed twice a day. We’ll also facilitate ways for participants to virtually share their work and ideas generated from the daily Write-alongs. 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 with fellow teen writers.

Written Feedback

At the end of the week, Writing Lab Instructors will provide a written summary of participant’s work, evaluation of their progression towards writing goals, and future considerations for their writing.


What you get in Week Two: Intensive, July 19-23, 2021

A Personalized Writing Plan

The Intensive week schedule provides plenty of writing time alongside the necessary guidance to help participants construct their own writing routine and schedule. Building on the generative and informative sessions from Week One, participants now have the space and time to transform their ideas and writing exercises into fully fleshed out pieces.

1-on-1 Meetings with Your Mentor

Because every writer has a unique project, 1-on-1 meetings allow mentors to provide more specific guidance. During these meetings, mentors will help participants create their individualized writing schedule, find inspiration for their project, make necessary edits, and stay on track for project completion.

Small Group Accountability

To help participants finish their writing projects, they will meet in small groups of 3-5 of other writers and their mentor every morning to check-in and problem solve. Everyone in the group is working with the same mentor, and in the same genre towards similar goals, so this is a chance for deeper connection and sharing.

Paths to Publication

At the end of the week each small group will have an extended morning session with their mentor to learn more about next steps for their projects. This could include advice about publishing, submissions to literary magazines, and other ways to share creative work. 


Writing Packages: July 12-16, 2021

Summer Online Writing Packages offer poets and writers a self-directed journey into a week of wild invention. Working independently, participants will gain insight to the creative writing process, with opportunities to learn from an extraordinary group of dedicated instructors, and to interact with a community of peers who share their love of writing and social inquiry. Registration for the Craft and Write-along packages will open in April. Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know when registration is open! 


Craft Package: Craft Sessions + Writer's Life Talks + Write-alongs
Cost: $400   Explore what you get with the Craft Package.

 


Write-along Package: Writer's Life TalksWrite-alongs
Cost: $200  Explore what you get with the Write-along Package.

What you get with The Craft Package:

5 electives

Participants in the Craft Package will meet and interact with peers in five virtual Craft Sessions over five days; finding opportunity to write together and share questions and insights. Sessions are led by Creative Writing Instructors. See sample sessions here

Inspiration for generating new work

Writing prompts and challenges are emailed twice a day. We’ll also facilitate ways for participants to virtually share their work and ideas generated from the daily Write-alongs. 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. 

8 Contact Hours with Instructors

Juniper instructors are professional teachers, published authors, and graduate students at UMass Amherst pursuing their Masters of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing. Learn more about our instructors here.

Virtual Community

Attending the Writer’s Life Talks will introduce Participants to the Juniper instructors, and offer them the opportunity to hear the work and creative process of seasoned writers, as well as ask questions. Participants in Package #2 will meet and interact with peers in the virtual Craft Sessions; finding opportunity to write together and share questions and insights. 

What you get with The Write-along package:

Inspiration for generating new work

Writing prompts and challenges are emailed twice a day. We’ll also facilitate ways for participants to virtually share their work and ideas generated from the daily Write-alongs. 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. 

3 Contact Hours with Instructors

Juniper instructors are professional teachers, published authors, and graduate students at UMass Amherst pursuing their Masters of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing. Learn more about our instructors here.

Virtual Community

Attending the Writer’s Life Talks will introduce participants to the Juniper Instructors, and offer them the opportunity to hear the work and creative process of seasoned writers, as well as ask questions. 


The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to cancel any program it deems necessary. In the event of program cancellation, payment will be refunded in full.