Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

Salisbury University’s Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose academy puts students in a workshop setting where they can engage in their passion for writing. One of the most valuable aspects of this two-week course is the opportunity for students to receive feedback on their work that they can apply, helping them strengthen their skills as they grow with a community of writers. They also have the special opportunity to work with historical archives in the Edward H. Nabb Research Center.

What You Need to Know

Audience: Students entering grades 9-12 Dates:
- Week one: July 6-10
- Week two: July 13-17
- Final showcase: July 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with the final showcase 5 to 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 18
Cost: $500 total
Qualifications: A one-page writing sample is required. If there are more applications than openings available, this will help instructors select students for the academy. Forward writing samples to John Nieves ( and Ryan Habermeyer (

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Program Highlights

Participants in the creative writing academy will:

  • Receive intensive training in both poetry and prose with daily craft lessons
  • Learn how to find interesting writing topics and research them
  • Learn the fundamentals of writing and current market trends
  • Get feedback on their work from peers and published experts
  • Engage and grow in a creative writing community
  • Gain confidence and excitement for writing and reading contemporary literature

Academy Instructors

Dr. John A. Nieves’ poems appear in journals such as Crazyhorse, Southern Review, Copper Nickel, North American Review and Poet Lore. His first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Judges Prize. He has also won the Indiana Review Poetry Prize. His work has been featured on Verse Daily and in the Eloquent Poem anthology. He is an associate professor at SU and an editor of The Shore Poetry. He holds a master’s degree from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Ryan Habermeyer is a native of Los Angeles. His award-winning stories and essays have received two Pushcart Prize nominations and have been published in Hotel Amerika, Cincinnati Review, Carolina Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Mid-American Review and Phoebe, among others. He is an assistant professor at SU, where he teaches creative writing. He received his M.F.A. from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.