I have taught creative writing, life writing and journalism over many years at colleges and universities, in the UK and abroad, including Guardian Masterclasses, City Lit, Skyros, Birkbeck College (University of London), London South Bank University, London School of Journalism, Geneva Writers Conference, Arvon Foundation, British Council, Pen To Print, Mary Ward Centre, Bishopsgate Institute, Winchester University, the Association of Jewish Refugees, and the Second Generation Network.

I have participated in literary festivals (readings, talks and workshops) and have also been mentor, editor and consultant for individual projects. Do get in touch for further information.

I also run an occasional, one-day Family History Writing Course


Some happy folk…

It was really excellent.’ Guardian Masterclass participant

‘I was so impressed by the way in which he was able, without hesitation, to find something positive and constructive to say about everyone’s contribution.’ Guardian Masterclass participant

‘Outstanding. He was inspiring, knowledgeable, skillful not just as a writer but in facilitating the group…Exceeded all expectations.’ Guardian Masterclass participant

‘Thanks for an information-packed, thought-provoking course.’ Monica S.

‘Nick Barlay’s experience, style of teaching and charisma made the course fabulously enjoyable.’ Kirstie S.

‘Excellent and very engaging.’ Anthony L.

‘Thanks so much for the course.  It’s been truly inspiring.’ Katherine M.

‘Thought-provoking and informative.  I appreciate your comments.’ David M.

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