Juniper Institute for Young Writers
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Over the course of eight days, high school students at Juniper find access to the writer’s life. Through a curriculum that facilitates wild invention, participants generate new writing, experiment with style and form, access tools for finding inspiration in their day-to-day lives, and learn how to connect with an audience.
A kind of magic happens when you bring together a group of people who love to write. Juniper creates space for diverse community, where teenagers from all over the country, with vastly different life experiences, can meet and bond over a shared love for the literary arts.
Living together in close-knit “pods,” Young Writers participate in workshops, studio sessions, readings, and field trips. Many also earn academic credit while they enjoy a pre-college residential experience on the UMass campus in Amherst, an area rich with literary history.
High school students finishing grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible. Applications open: October 1 to April 1 or until the program is filled.
Scholarship applications due: November 26
Campus housing and meals are included in the cost of tuition.
Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction
E354 South College
University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts, United States
E354 South College
Juniper Summer Writing Institute & Institute for Young Writers
Every summer, the Juniper Institute gathers a community of writers to explore the creative process and develop new approaches to the craft of writing. Hosted by the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Juniper is an opportunity to practice living with your art at the center of your life; it is a week to imagine with wild invention as you mingle, experiment, and take chances; it is a chance to connect with writers, poets and artists from around the country who value what prose, poetry, word, image, fiction, essay, memoir and autobiography can do.