Juniper Institute for Young Writers

Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

Jul 22 - Jul 29, 2018


Several scholarships are available; apply by March 1.

CONTACT: Betsy Wheeler
PHONE: 413-545-8988

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: January 1 until the program is filled.

Scholarship applications due: March 1

Campus housing and meals are included in the cost of tuition.


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. Hosted by the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Juniper is a weeklong immersion in the writer’s life, June 17-24, 2018. It is time out for you and your writing, time for wild invention, and time to become part of a diverse community of acclaimed and emerging writers from all walks of life.