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Welcome to the online application for the 2017 Juniper Summer Writing Institute. More information on the Institute can be found on our website. If you are ready to begin your application, information on how to proceed is below...

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is an inclusive literary space that welcomes adult writers from different genres 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 January, and around the March 10 scholarship deadline.**

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:
  • $35 application fee
  • Writing sample
  • Indication of your 1st and 2nd choices for workshop leader
  • Personal Statement (all applicants)
Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35 (U.S.) is required with each application, and is used to cover the administrative costs of running the program. Applicants pay the fee by debit or credit card through a secure site on the online application.

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:
  • 5-7 pages of poetry (one poem per page) or
  • 7-9 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction/memoir (double-spaced)

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.

Workshop Preference

You will have the opportunity in your application form to indicate your 1st and 2nd choices for workshop leader. Every effort will be made to accommodate your requests.

Personal Statement

Page one of your writing sample document should contain a personal statement of no more than 300 words describing your interest in the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Please explain why this would be a meaningful opportunity, any relevant experience of 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. Your statement will not count toward the writing sample page limits.

Scholarships and Grants

The Institute awards five work-study* scholarships of 50% tuition remission, several sponsored scholarships in the amount of $500 (each offered by one of our wonderful literary scholarship sponsors), and one full tuition scholarship sponsored by The Valley Advocate. We especially encourage applicants 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 March 10, 2017.

*Please note that applicants for the work-study scholarships should be able and willing to carry out daily administrative and logistical tasks in support of Institute activities.


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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 sophomore, junior, or senior 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 will be longer in January, and around the March 1 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: 
  • $35 application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
  • Application Documents:
    1. Writing sample
    2. Personal Statement
    3. Scholarship application essay (if applying for funding)
Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $35 (U.S.) is required with each application. Applicants pay the fee by debit or credit card through a secure site on the online application.

Teacher Recommendation
During the online application process, you will be asked to enter the email address and name of your recommending teacher or guidance counselor. From there, the recommender will receive email instructions for how to submit a letter of recommendation. 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 (written by the applicant) 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.