The Juniper Young Writers Online (JYWO) Winter Workshops offer synchronous, dynamic and participatory online learning, sharing, and community building for high school students completing 8th through 12th grade, December 26-29, 2023. Young writers of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles can come together to find inspiration and to be a part of a virtual community of creative peers.  

For more information about the program, including cost of tuition, typical schedule of events, and Writing Labs, please visit our website!

The deadline to apply for the Winter Workshops is November 1, 2023.

Once accepted, enrollment in the Juniper Young Writer Online program is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to enroll and pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to secure your space.

Application materials include:  


  1. Writing sample: The strength and promise of the writing sample is the most important aspect of your application. It should be 3-5 pages of fiction (double-spaced) or poetry (one poem per page, or longer poems spanning up to 5 total pages of poetry). Samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx, pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer.

OPTIONAL (required for scholarship consideration):

  1. A short Writer's Statement: Please attach a short personal statement of 300-500 words. Please describe your current writing projects and goals, any identities that inform your work, and what being a member of a writing community means to you. Tell us what you write and why you write it!
  2. During the online application process, you will be asked to enter the email address and name of a teacher (*or educational consultant, professional tutor, or guidance counselor) who has agreed to provide a confidential letter of recommendation on your behalf. Once you submit your application, the reference will receive an email with instructions for how to attach the letter to your application (you will not be able to view the contents of the letter). Please let them know that their recommendation must be received for your application to be complete. Be sure to obtain permission from your reference before submitting their contact information in your application!
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