Welcome to the online application for the 2019 Juniper Summer Writing Institute. More information on the Institute can be found on our website. If you are ready to begin your application and upload your work, you can scroll down to begin. If you find that you need more time once you start your application, there is a save draft button at the end of the application form.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is an inclusive literary space that  welcomes adult poets and writers at all stages of their careers. Acceptance to the Institute is based upon the strength and promise of the writing sample. We operate on a rolling admissions basis, and we do our best to make admission decisions within 2-6 weeks of  receiving applications. (Response time will be longer in the months of December and January.)

Once accepted, enrollment in the Institute is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to put down a non-refundable deposit of $200 to secure your space.

Application materials include: 

  • Writing sample 
  • Indication of your top choices for workshop leaders
  • Personal Statement 
  • $40 application fee

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $40 (U.S.) is required with each  application. Applicants pay the fee by debit or credit card through a  secure site.

Writing Sample
The strength and promise of your writing sample is the most important  component of your application. Send your best work; it needn’t be  published, though published work is acceptable, and it does not have to be  the same sample you wish to present in workshop. Writing samples are comprised of:

  • 5 pages of poetry (one poem per page) if applying to a poetry or words + pictures workshop
  • up to 10 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction/memoir (double-spaced) if applying to fiction, cnf, or words + pictures workshop
  • Visual art (drawings, graphics, or pictures, ect.) are optional for applicants to the "words + pictures" workshop

Writing samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx,  pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer in the writing sample. Visual art samples may be jpg, gif, png, mp4, avi, or mov.

Note: Guidelines for applying to the special topics workshops (words + pictures, and literary arts + action) are the same as applying for fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction. You may submit any genre, according to that genre's page limits.

Workshop Preference
You will have the opportunity in your application form to indicate your preferences for workshop leader. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference.
Please note: *If your second choice is in a different genre than your first choice, you may be contacted by email with a request to submit additional materials.

Personal Statement
A personal statement of no more than 300 words describing your interest in participating in the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Please explain why this would be a meaningful opportunity, any experience being amongst a writing community, and what you think you can contribute to the Institute. If you are applying for funding, please also address how receiving a scholarship would affect your ability to attend.

Scholarships
The Institute awards scholarships in the amount of $500, $800, $1200 and full tuition remission. We especially encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, of diverse life experiences and  backgrounds, and those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage or discrimination.                         

As part of the Personal Statement portion of the application, scholarship applicants should include information about their need for scholarship support, and any relevant aspects of their background or experience they’d like to share.

 
Scholarship applications must be submitted by January 1, 2019.

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers offers high school students of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles the opportunity to experience the writer’s life, find inspiration, and be part of a community of creative peers. We welcome applications from high school students currently completing their freshman, sophomore, or junior years. We operate on a rolling admissions basis, and we do our best to make admission decisions within 2-6 weeks of receiving applications. **Response time may be longer in December, January, and around the November 26 scholarship deadline.**

Once accepted, enrollment in the JIYW is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to register and pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to secure your space.

Application materials include:
 

  • Application Documents:     
    1. Writing sample
    2. Personal Statement
    3. Scholarship essay

     

  • Email address for a teacher, educational consultant, professional tutor, or guidance counselor who has agreed to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf

 Teacher Recommendation
During the online application process, you will be asked to enter the email address and name of your recommender. From there, the recommender will receive email instructions for how to submit a letter of recommendation. Please let them know that their letter must be received no later than December 3, 2018; your application will not be considered complete until the letter has been received. Please obtain permission from your recommender before submitting their contact information in your application!

Application Documents
The following three elements should be saved in separate documents (doc, docx, pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer of the document:

 

  1. Writing Sample: The strength and promise of the writing sample is the most important aspect of your application. It should be 5-7 pages of fiction (double-spaced) or poetry (one poem per page). Samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx, pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer.
  2. Personal Statement: This statement of no more than 300 words should describe your interest in the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Please explain why this would be a meaningful opportunity for you and what you think you can contribute to the Institute.
     
  3. Scholarship Essay (if applying for funding): Scholarship support is intended for those participants whose families cannot afford the full cost of the program. Please write a brief statement (no more than 300 words) addressing how receiving a scholarship would affect your ability to attend the Juniper Institute for Young Writers.

Be sure to check your spam folder and mark any responses from Submittable as "Not Spam" in order to ensure you receive notification emails related to your submission.
 

Summer Program Assistants for the Juniper Institute for Young Writers July 20-28, 2019  

Deadline: October 22, 2018

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers (JIYW) seeks undergraduate students to serve as Program Assistants (PAs) for its acclaimed summer creative writing program for high school writers July 20-28, 2019. This position offers the opportunity to gain valuable leadership, as well as professional, residential, creative, and academic experience in the context of an intensive eight-day summer creative writing program for a multicultural group of highly motivated high school writers.

Role Description

During the 2019 Spring semester, Program Assistants partake in trainings with Juniper staff and instructors in topics such as: building relational culture through storytelling and resonance, supporting empowering youth/adult relationships, ally skills, and facilitating transformational conversations across difference. The trainings occur weekly on Friday afternoons; an optional 3 independent study credits may be earned. 

During the week of July 20-28, under the guidance of Juniper staff and Residence Directors, PAs provide round-the-clock support, supervision, and mentoring to create a supportive and engaging environment for all participants. Typical duties include: leading small groups to daily activities and meals, on field trips, and in other activities designed to introduce students to various aspects of the writing life.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include:

  1. Interest in creative writing and literary or other arts programming.
  2. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to relate well to students, faculty, and administrators.
  3. Reliability and a responsible, confident, and flexible outlook.
  4. Availability for weekly trainings that meet on Friday afternoons during the Spring 2019 semester, and full-time availability July 20-28, 2019.
  5. Previous leadership experience or work with youth (such as leadership training at UMass, or prior educational or recreational leadership activities).
  6. Enrollment in a degree-granting program at UMass Amherst with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (applicant may have a graduation date of December 2018 or May 2019). 
  7. Being without any current student conduct sanctions.

Benefits

  1. $350 stipend
  2. 3 Academic Credits in English (internship/independent study)
  3. Free housing and meals July 20-28, 2019 ($700 value)
  4. Gain valuable professional, residential, academic, and creative experience as part of a dynamic team devoted to creating and running a nationally acclaimed creative writing program
  5. Enjoy access to outstanding literary arts programming, including: 

                  A. admission to readings and Q&As with award-winning poets and writers

                  B. insider perspective on curriculum development and arts programming

       6. Professional/academic references upon request

Notification regarding your application status will come via email. 

Elements of the Application

You’ll be asked to submit the following: Cover letter, Resume, 3 References, 3-5 page creative writing sample. 

For more information about the Juniper Institute, you can visit us online at: http://www.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters/

Questions regarding this position may be directed to the JIYW office at: juniperyoungwriters@hfa.umass.edu

The Juniper Institute