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Juniper Young Writers Online

Juniper Young Writers Online looks for writers whose work shows curiosity and risk-taking, and who are eager to experiment with forms and ideas new to them, in the company of their creative peers.

Week One: Writing Lab, July 12-16

18 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 in Craft Sessions and Writing Lab, participants have the opportunity to discuss their work and in-depth writing topics with their Instructors and peers.

5 electives
Participants meet and interact with peers in five virtual Craft Sessions over five days; finding opportunity to write together and share questions and insights. Sessions are led by Creative Writing Instructors.

Inspiration for generating new work
Writing prompts and challenges are emailed twice a day. Participants can virtually share their work at Participant Readings. 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 provide a written summary of participant’s work, evaluation of their progression towards writing goals, and future considerations for their writing.


Week Two: Intensive, July 19-23

A Personalized Writing Plan
The Intensive week schedule provides plenty of writing time alongside the necessary guidance to help participants construct their own writing routine and schedule. Building on the generative and informative sessions from Week One, participants now have the space and time to transform their ideas and writing exercises into fully fleshed out pieces.

1-on-1 Meetings with Your Mentor
Because every writer has a unique project, 1-on-1 meetings allow mentors to provide more specific guidance. During these meetings, mentors help participants create their individualized writing schedule, find inspiration for their project, make edits, and stay on track for project completion.

Small Group Accountability
To help participants finish their writing projects, they meet in small groups of 3-5 of other writers and their mentor every morning to check-in and problem solve. Everyone in the group is working with the same mentor, and in the same genre towards similar goals, so this is a chance for deeper connection and sharing.

Paths to Publication
At the end of the week each small group will have an extended morning session with their mentor to learn about next steps for their projects. This could include advice about publishing, submissions to literary magazines, and other ways to share creative work.



One week program (July 12-16): $900 (early bird price $800)

Two week program (July 12-16 & July 19-23): $1700 (early bird price $1600)


The scholarship and early bird deadline is April 15.

The final deadline to apply is May 17. Admissions are made on a rolling basis.

Ages: 14-18

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Online

Physical & Mailing Address:
UMass Amherst/Juniper Institute, South College E351, 180 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA USA 01003

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This summer program has 1 comment.

on Jul. 16 at 3:49 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

This camp is amazing! One of the best I've ever been to! I highly recommend anyone who is looking for an immersive writing experience to check this out.

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