The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Summer at UMass

Juniper Institute for Young Writers

Program Dates: July 23-29, 2023
Scholarship Application Deadline: April 1, 2023
Final Application Deadline: rolling or until program fills
Cost: $2,500

Applications for the 2023 Juniper Institute for Young Writers are now closed. Please sign up for our mailing list to learn when applications will open for next year's in-person program. You may also be interested in applying for our online program, Juniper Young Writers Online, while admissions are still rolling; our Writing Packages for Juniper Young Writers Online this summer; or the Juniper Young Writers Online Winter Workshops!

Admission to Juniper’s in-person program is competitive and we have a limited number of available spots. Admissions and enrollment to this summer’s in-person program are rolling, and the application deadline to be considered for a scholarship is April 1. For priority consideration, we encourage all interested students to apply by this deadline.
Applicants for the in-person Juniper Institute for Young Writers can indicate in their application if they would like to be considered for acceptance to the Juniper Young Writers Online program held online the week prior, July 17th through 21st, if they are not admitted to the in-person program.

For the first time since 2019, Juniper Young Writers will be hosting the Juniper Institute for Young Writers in person this July 2023! Rising sophomores through seniors can apply to spend a week living and working in community with peers on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. There is no application fee!

Participants will gain firsthand experience of student life at UMass, living in dorms, eating meals in the university’s award-winning dining halls and participating in programming held in the classrooms of South College, home of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Throughout this immersive writing experience, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the vibrant literary and artistic culture of Western Massachusetts, home of the poets Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Robert Francis, Robert Frost, changemakers Sojourner Truth and W. E. B. Du Bois, and the UMass Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers. All Juniper Young Writers Instructors are working writers and students in this esteemed program.

Participants in this summer’s Juniper Institute for Young Writers will take part in our long developed programming including Writing Labs, Craft Sessions, Participant Readings, Writer’s Life talks, and Write-alongs, in addition to field trips to destinations associated with the poets, writers and activists who made Western Mass their home.