Winter Online

Juniper Young Writers Online Winter Workshops

Program Dates: December 26-29, 2023
Applications Open: September 18, 2023
Scholarship & Final Application Deadline: November 1, 2023
Cost: $750

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The Juniper Young Writers Online Winter Workshops will give you the time and expert guidance necessary to end 2023 on a creative streak and set some writing goals for 2024. You will gain insight into the creative writing process, with opportunities to learn from an extraordinary group of dedicated instructors, and peers who share your love of writing. Guided Write-ins and Writing Labs will provide you with feedback and space to share your work. Instructors will also offer their ever-popular Writer’s Life sessions, where they’ll share their own work and writing tips. Finally, we'll wrap up and roll into the new year with a celebratory Participant Reading.

Sample Program Schedule

Winter JYWO Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
11am Write-in Write-in Write-in Write-in
1:00PM-3:00PM Writing Labs Writing Labs Writing Labs Writing Labs
3:30PM-4:30PM Writer's Life Participant Reading Writer's Life Participant Reading
5PM Write-along Write-along Write-along Write-along


What you get in the Online Winter Workshops

14 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 through the 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.

Inspiration for generating new work

We kick off each program day with an interactive Write-in, where Juniper staff help participants troubleshoot, share, brainstorm together, and build community in the creative process. The Write-alongs--sets of prompts and challenges that guide participants through a daily writing practice--are emailed at the end of each day. We 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.

Apply to the JYWO Winter Workshops here!