Juniper Institute for Young Writers

Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2020


TUITION / COST:$200-$900
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Betsy Wheeler
PHONE: 413-545-8988

COVID-19 Update: The Juniper Institute for Young Writers will not be held in-person this summer. And we’re thrilled to still be able to offer our usual programming, redesigned as a week of synchronous, dynamic and participatory online learning, sharing, and community building in the Juniper Young Writers Online (JYWO) program July 20-24, 2020.

At the JYWO program, 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.

There are several ways to participate. You can choose to apply for the full program ($900), or register for one of two writing packages (costs vary). Head to our website for more information!


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


E354 South College
University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts, United States

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. In association with 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, fiction, essay, memoir and autobiography can do.

COVID-19 Update: The Juniper Institute will not be held in June 2020.

We wish everyone good health and fortitude through this global pandemic. We look forward to running the institute next summer, June 13-19 2021. Stay tuned for updates.

Any payments made (deposit, tuition, housing, mss consult) will be refunded in full or, by request only, rolled over to 2021 enrollment.

For information regarding COVID-19 at UMASS Amherst at large, please visit