For Enrolled Participants

COVID-19 Update: The Juniper Institute will not be held in June 2020.

We wish everyone good health and fortitude through this global pandemic. We look forward to running the institute in 2021, June 13-19. 

All participants accepted to the 2020 Institute have been notified by email of the cancellation. If you haven’t heard from us, please check your spam folder or reach out! Any payments made (deposit, tuition, housing, mss consult) will be refunded in full or, by request only, rolled over to 2021 enrollment.

For information regarding COVID-19 at UMASS Amherst at large, please visit

To maintain a spirit of possibility and hope, we’ll keep this working draft of the 2020 program schedule here and keep you posted on details for 2021.

Here is the Participant Guidebook with detailed program information from last summer, which will give you a glimpse into what to expect at Juniper.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should we pack?
A: Here are some suggestions:

  • Comfortable walking shoes. UMass Amherst is a large campus, and workshops, craft sessions, evening readings, and meals are located in various buildings on campus.
  • Layered clothing, including a rain jacket or umbrella — summer in New England can be unpredictable! June can range from quite warm (80s to 90s) to chilly (50s), and can be rainy, so we suggest you check the area’s forecast before packing.
  • Water bottle.
  • Whatever you need for writing: pencils, pens, notebook, laptop, books for reference and sharing, etc.
  • Allergy meds, if you have seasonal allergies!!
  • If you are staying in the North Apartments or Commonwealth Honors College, you may want to bring:
  • Extra bath towels
  • An extra blanket or sweatshirt (if you get cold in A/C).
  • Flip-flops or shower footwear.
  • Hand soap for the bathroom.
  • Hangers (not provided in closets).
  • Basic kitchen essentials (if you plan to cook in the kitchenettes in North Apartments, which are unfurnished, and we really mean unfurnished).
  • Desk lamp, flashlight, or book light.

Q: Do we need to bring bedding & towels if we’re staying in the North Apartments or Commonwealth Honors College?
A: All dorm residents are provided with a linen pack containing two flat sheets, a pillowcase, a thin blanket, and two small bath towels. If you want extra towels, sheets, or cozier blanket, please bring them.

Q: Do I need to bring supplies for the bathroom?
A: Yes! Bring toilet paper, tissues, hand soap, and whatever toiletries you will need during your stay.

Q: Do we need to pack our tuxedos and cocktail gowns?
A: No, the Institute atmosphere is casual.

Q: What’s the deal with parking?
A: If you opt to stay in a University dorm, you will be provided with a free parking permit for a lot adjacent to your dorm. If you opt to stay in the Campus Hotel, they offer complimentary parking in the campus parking garage. If you plan to bring a car with you but are not staying on campus and would like to park closer to South College, discounted passes for the parking garage will be available at Registration on Sunday.

Q: I’ve heard UMass campus is huge. How will I get around?
A: This is an important question! It’s worth noting that the UMass campus is wide and sprawling. While most daytime events are fairly close together (see South College B3 and Old Chapel C4 on this campus map), the North Apartments (C2) and Berkshire Dining Commons (B5) are on opposite ends of campus; about 1.3 miles between them. Downtown Amherst is about 1.5 miles from the center of Juniper activities on campus.

Juniper provides a free shuttle service between all activities. Some participants have found that having access to a car is helpful and convenient. An electric bike share program is also available on UMass campus.

Q: What’s the deal with printing?
A: Printing needs will vary depending on the workshop. If possible, print your materials ahead of time. The maximum number of participant in a workshop is 12, so 13 copies of the work you intend to bring should suffice. If printing ahead of time doesn’t work for you, there are printers available in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library at $.05 per side in black and white. The process for printing is outlined in full in the Participant Guidebook.

Q: I’ve signed up for a Manuscript Consultation. When do those happen?
A: Hopefully by the time the Institute starts you and your author will have already been connected by a liaison in our office, and confirmed your meeting plans. Once the Institute begins, please seek your author out and introduce yourself to confirm your time and place. For help locating your author, ask any member of the Institute staff. (See “Manuscript Consultation” section in the guidebook for more information.)

Q: Where is the closest grocery store?
A: You’ve got several options via the bus (#33 is free, the B43 is $1.50 each way). All of the options (Big Y, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Target and CVS) are all located within 2-3 miles of campus. All are located either on Route 9 (aka Russell Street) or University Drive and are accessible by car or bus. Atkins Market in North Amherst is also nearby, but not accessible by bus.

Q: Will we have access to fitness facilities?
A: Yes! As a UMass Conference attendee, you are eligible for a discounted rate of $3/day at the UMass Recreation Center. Passes will be available at registration on Sunday, and in the Juniper office in South College (E354); payment is collected at the front desk of the rec center (card only, no cash).
The Amherst area has lots of great hiking options (The Notch, Seven Sisters, and Mount Tom are noteworthy) and trails (Robert Frost Trail, Amethyst Brook, and Quabbin are nearby). The Norwottuck Rail Trail is an 11-mile paved trail running from Amherst to Northampton. There are also several yoga studios in the area. Two of the closest to UMass are in downtown amherst: and

Payment Information

Submitting Credit Card Payment

During the online registration process, you may select to pay by check or to pay by card. If you select to pay by card, you will be brought to a secure online payment gateway and will be able to use a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express credit or debit card. If wish to provide card information over the phone, you should contact the Registration Office at 413-577-8102 (open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Only submit your payment information using the online payment gateway or with the Registration staff at 413-577-8102 – for your security, we will only accept payment/card details from the attendee, cardholder, or authorized purchaser.

Mailing Payments

All payments by check should be mailed to the Registration office at the address below. Checks must be made payable to UMass Conference Services/Juniper to be deposited.

Juniper Summer Writing Institute c/o University Conference Services
810 Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

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. The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to cancel any program it deems necessary. In the event of program cancellation, payment will be refunded in full.

Enrollment Policies & Forms

Attendees must sign a Liability and Photographic Likeness Release form by May 1, 2020. These forms will be sent via electronic “AdobeSign” to the email address you provide in your enrollment profile when paying your deposit. If you’d prefer to receive paper documents, please contact Conference Services at 413-577-8102 to request they be mailed to your home address.

Other Questions?

For questions regarding curriculum, schedule or admission, please contact the Juniper staff:

Phone: 413-545-8988

For questions regarding payment, housing, or using the online enrollment page, please contact the Conference Registrar or Registration staff:

Rebeccah Johnson, Conference Registrar
Email: or
Phone: 413-577-8102