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The Juniper Young Writers Online programs offer synchronous, dynamic and participatory online learning, sharing, and community building. Young writers of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles come together to find inspiration and to be a part of a community of creative peers. Over the course of five days, participants will engage with their instructors and peers in the pursuit of wild invention.

Register for one of two writing packages to participate this July 20-24. Details below.


Online Writing Packages

Writing packages offer youth 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.

Package #1: Writer's Life TalksWrite-alongs
Cost: $200

Package #2: Craft Sessions + Writer's Life TalksWrite-alongs
Cost: $400   

What you get with The Writing Packages:

3-8 Contact Hours with Instructors

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

Virtual Community

Attending the Writer’s Life Talks will introduce Participants to several of the Juniper instructors, and offer them the opportunity to hear the work and 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. (Make sure to enroll in your preferred craft sessions as soon as possible as they are filling quickly!). We’ll also facilitate ways for participants to virtually share the work and ideas generated from the daily Write-alongs.

Register for an Online Writing Package today! 

The deadline to sign up for writing packages is July 13, but there is limited enrollment for Package #2 and spaces are filling quickly!

Please note, once enrolling in a writing package, all payments are nonrefundable. Payment is due in full at time of enrollment. 

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.


The Full Program

The full program is currently filled. We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Writing Lab + Craft Sessions + Writer’s Life TalksParticipant Readings + Write-alongs
Cost: $900

What you get with The Full Program:

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. With daily live meetings, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their work and in-depth writing topics synchronously with their instructors and peers. Learn more about our instructors here.

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. (Make sure to enroll in your preferred Writing Lab as soon as possible as they are filling quickly!).

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.

UMass & Alumni discount: children of UMass Amherst students, faculty or staff, and Juniper alumni receive a discounted full program price of $800.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your enrollment before June 15, 2020, you will forfeit your $200.00 deposit.  If you cancel after June 15, 2020 we will keep the $200 deposit and an additional $300.00 cancellation fee, but will return the remaining balance paid. There will be no refunds after July 6, 2020. Requisite fine print: 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.