Online Writing Packages   •   July 20 - 24, 2020

Welcome to the Juniper Young Writers Online (JYWO) program!

How to Enroll
Welcome to the 2020 Juniper Young Writers Online program! Click Register Now above to begin the enrollment process. You will first need to login to Iris Registration, our online registration system. If you’ve attended the Juniper Institute for Young Writers previously, you can use the same username and password. If this is your first time attending a Juniper program, click the “Sign Up” button to create an account using your email address and a password of your choice, or select the option to sign in using an external account such as Facebook or Google. Remember your username and password: you can use this information to log back in again to review your enrollment.

After logging in you will be brought through the enrollment form, where you will be able to enter information including accommodations, accessibility needs, and technology access.

Cancellation Policy: there will be no refunds of program fees due to participant cancellation.

Requisite fine print: 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. 

Enroll and participate in one of two writing packages that include Craft Sessions, Writer’s Life Talks, as well as asynchronous Virtual Write-alongs.

   • Package #1 Writer’s Life Talks + Write-alongs: $200.00
   • Package #2 Craft Sessions + Writer’s Life Talks + Write-alongs: $400.00

Craft Sessions: Each day, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT, participants have the opportunity to attend these one-hour electives where our Creative Writing Instructors go in-depth on a particular element of craft. Choosing five from a total of eight possible sessions, these live classes will also be made available as a recording 48 hours after they occur in order to accommodate different schedules. These morning craft sessions are where participants can expand their writing knowledge by exploring different topics and prompts from a variety of instructors. Each session is capped at 30 participants in order to allow for interaction with the instructor. See the list of craft sessions offered here.

Writer's Life Talks: During these talks, Creative Writing Instructors will share brief readings of their work, address common questions about being a writer and the process of writing, demystify the writing process, and give solid advice and tips. They will feature insights to the instructors’ writing inspiration, generative prompts, revision strategies, and even advice about publishing. There will be 3 of these live one-hour talks, from 4 - 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Writer’s Life Talks will also be made available as a recording 48 hours after they occur in order to accommodate different schedules.

Virtual Write-alongs: The Virtual Write-alongs are sets of writing prompts and challenges that guide participants through a daily writing practice. They are a chance for young writers to put into practice the lessons, techniques, and craft elements they have been learning throughout the week, or to simply write and explore on their own. The write-along materials will remain accessible to participants long after the program has ended.

Payment is accepted by credit or debit card. Our secure online payment gateway enables you to use a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express credit or debit card. All payments made to UMass incur an additional 3% processing fee.

Payment is due in full at the time of enrollment.

Contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Office by email at if you need to make other payment arrangements (i.e. outside scholarships, third party billing, etc.). For your security please only submit your card information using the online payment gateway or directly with the Registration Office staff. Please take note of the refund/cancellation policy before making payments.

Enrollment Confirmation Email 
After completing an online enrollment participants and their parent/guardian will receive a confirmation email. The week of July 6, all participants will receive another email with links to our program Guidebook, your weekly schedule, and Zoom links and passwords for each element of programming. The guidebook will include information on accessibility, staff support, tips on being a JYWO participant and more.

Additional Information
   • Juniper Institute for Young Writers
UMass Amherst

For questions regarding curriculum or schedule of admission, please contact the Juniper Office:
Phone: 413-545-8988

For questions regarding payment or using the online enrollment page, please contact the Conference Registrar and/or UMass Conference Services Registration Office:
Rebeccah Johnson, Sr. Conference Registrar/Coordinator
Kaitlyn O'Brien, Registration Office Coordinator
Phone: 413-577-8102