Admission and Scholarships

Applications for the 2019 Institute are open!


The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is an inclusive literary space that welcomes adult writers at all stages of their careers. Writers interested in participating submit an application to their workshop of choice. 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.

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.

Workshops fill quickly, so we recommend applying and enrolling early. Enrolled participants have the option to sign up for craft sessions in May. Roundtables, Q&As and readings are open to all enrolled participants.

(Applicants under the age of 18: please apply to the Juniper Institute for Young Writers) our companion program for high school students.

Application Process Overview

Applications are accepted online and admission is on a rolling basis. See the sections below for detailed information about each part of the application process.

Application materials include:

  • $40 application fee
  • Writing sample
  • Indication of your preferences for workshop leader
  • Personal Statement

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $40 (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 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) or
  • up to 10 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction/memoir (double-spaced)
  • Visual art (drawings, graphics, or pictures, etc.) are optional for applicants to the “words + pictures” workshop

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 each page of the writing sample.

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 requests.

Personal Statement

In 300 words or less, please tell us what is drawing you to apply to Juniper this year, and what you hope to get out of the experience. Please also let us know how this might be different than other writing experiences (if any) you may have had.


The Institute awards several need and merit-based tuition scholarships (sponsored all or in part by our contributing sponsors) in the amounts of $500, $800, $1200 and $1600 off the cost of tuition. Many of our scholarships come with free housing (shared room in a shared suite in an on-campus dorm) and all include daily lunch and two dinners.

To support a full creative life for all, Juniper offers these scholarships to individuals who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantages or discrimination, and/or who are citizens of underrepresented or marginalized groups. It is our hope that this practice helps to cultivate a just, inclusive, equitable literary community. As part of the Personal Statement portion of the application, scholarship applicants should include information about their need for funding. Any details you choose to share in your statement or application will help us discern distribution of those funds.

Scholarship applications for the 2019 Institute are closed. Applications were due January 15, 2019. General applications are accepted until the program is full.

Tuition & Housing

Tuition of $1,600 includes all Institute activities: workshops, craft sessions, readings, Q&As, daily lunch, and a welcome & farewell dinner. Once you’ve been accepted, enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $200 to guarantee your space. The remainder of tuition is due in full no later than May 1, 2019.

UMass affiliates and returning participants are eligible for $200 off tuition. Please indicate your affiliation on your application (E.g. current student, alumni, faculty, staff, or child/spouse of affiliate). Affiliates who wish to donate their $200 discount to our scholarship fund, will have an option to do so at the time of enrollment.

We offer a number of housing options for participants to choose from. Upon acceptance, applicants receive information on a range of convenient options which range from $25/night (shared room in a shared suite in an on-campus dorm) to $49/night (private room in a shared suite in an on-campus dorm) to $75-$205 (nearby inns).


We do our best to contact applicants with our admission decision within 2-6 weeks of receiving their applications. Please note that notification can take longer after the scholarship application deadline, as the number of applications received around that time increases exponentially. Your acceptance will come by email.

Scholarship awards will be made by late spring, and notification will come by phone and email.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your enrollment before May 1, you will forfeit your non-refundable $200 tuition deposit. If you cancel after May 1, you will forfeit your $200 tuition deposit and be charged an additional $500 cancellation fee. There will be no tuition refunds for cancellations after June 1 and no refunds in the event of early departure.

Please note that program details and personnel are subject to change as necessary.