Discovering a new creative spirit to writing

Discovering a new creative spirit to writing

Juniper Summer Writing Institute Two BU students participated in workshops and manuscript consultations at the week-long Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst earlier this summer.

Hannah Jones, a senior creative writing and history major from Langhorne, and Siobhan Lyons, an English and creative writing graduate from Bloomsburg, took part in the annual institute which features workshops in poetry, fiction and memoir with faculty and authors.

“Juniper helped me to better understand my writing process,” Lyons said. “Specifically, I was able to pinpoint a writing habit that often encouraged dead ends.”

Jones said, “The experience released me from the mistaken belief that non-fiction pieces must always be focused upon deeply personal and dramatically emotional topics. Since Juniper, I’ve been experimenting with writing about various funny parts of my life.

“The best part about the institute was how inspiring it was and still is,” Jones added. “I can’t stop writing.”