Welcome to the online application for the 2020 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. If this fee poses a financial hardship or will not enable you to apply, please reach out to us: juniperinstitute@hfa.umass.edu
 

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 for a poetry workshop or residency
  • up to 10 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction/memoir (double-spaced) if applying to a fiction or nonfiction workshop or residency

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.

Workshop Preference

You will have the opportunity in your application form to indicate your preferences* for workshop leader or residency. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferences.
*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.

Writer's Statement
A statement of around 300 words addressing any of these (or similar) questions: 

  • What do you hope to work on during Juniper? 
  • What excites you about your current project? 
  • What does being a valuable member of a writing community look like to you? 

If you are applying for funding, please also address how receiving a scholarship would affect your ability to attend, in up to an additional 200 words.

Scholarships
The Institute awards scholarships in the amount of $500, $700, $1200 and $1700. 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 Writer's Statement portion of the application, scholarship applicants should include information about their need for scholarship support.
 
Scholarship applications must be submitted by January 15, 2020.
 

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.

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 (if applying for funding)

      
     

  • 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 for your application to be complete. 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.

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