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Summer Online

The Juniper Young Writers Online offers two weeks of programming in the summer. We are hard at work putting together our dynamic and participatory one- and two-week programs for July 18-28, 2022. Applications for this summer's session are now closed. Sign up for our mailing list to hear when applications for Winter 2022 and Summer 2023 programming open.

Applications are required for the one and two-week sessions. Scholarships are available. 

Self-guided Writing Packages will be offered again, so that you can engage with writing at your own pace. Enrollment for these packages is now open and does not require an application.

An overview of this summer's programming is below. Please note that there may be changes. If you have any questions, we're here for you

 


Week One: Writing Lab, July 18-22, 2022

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 One Schedule
Time (EDT) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am-11am Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along
11am-12pm Craft Session Craft Session Craft Session Craft Session Craft Session
12pm-1:30pm          
1:30pm-3:30pm Writing Lab Writing Lab Writing Lab Writing Lab Writing Lab
3:30pm-4pm          
4pm-5pm Writer's Life Writer's Life Participant Reading Writer's Life Participant Reading
5pm Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along

 

Week Two: Intensive, July 25-29, 2022

Participants from 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.

Week Two: Intensive Schedule
Time (EDT) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am-10:40am Small Group Check-in Small Group Check-in Small Group Check-in Small Group Check-in Small Group Check-in
10:40am-11am         Submission/Revision Party
11am-12pm 1-on-1 Mentor Meeting Writing Time 1-on-1 Mentor Meeting 1-on-1 Mentor Meeting Revision Party & Publication Advice
12pm-1pm          
1pm-2pm Writing Time Writing Time Writing Time Writing Time Small Group Participant Reading
2pm-3pm          
3pm-4pm Write-in Write-in Write-in Write-in Whole Program                 Participant Reading

 


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 18-22): $900 (early bird price $800)

Two week program (July 18-22 & July 25-29): $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 deadline is March 15, 2022.
The final deadline to apply is March 31, 2022.

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 18-22, 2022

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 choose five virtual Craft Sessions to attend over five days; finding opportunity to learn from talented and devoted Instructors, and to share questions and insights. Sessions are led by Creative Writing Instructors. See the 2022 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 also 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 25-29 2022

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 18-22, 2022

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. Writing Packages are also a fantastic starting point for young writers not yet ready to dive into a workshop environment OR for alumni to return for a self-guided virtual residency experience. Registration for the Craft and Write-along packages is now open. Sign up for Writing Packages here.


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

 

Craft Package
Time (EST) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along
11am-12pm Craft Sessions Craft Sessions Craft Sessions Craft Sessions Craft Sessions
4pm-5pm Writer's Life Writer's Life   Writer's Life  
5pm Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along

 


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

Write-along Package
Time (EST) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along
4pm-5pm Writer's Life Writer's Life   Writer's Life  
5pm Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along

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 the 2022 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.