We were delighted to host a Creative Writing Course with the writer and poet Nicholas McLachlan here in the Dingle Hub. The course, a series of 8 evening workshops, was suitable for all levels and covered a variety of writing genres. The emphasis was on techniques and exercises that generate work. There was practical writing time and helpful and constructive analysis of the student’s own work. The course examined the process of writing — making, judging and knowing — and referred to the work of contemporary writers. While the emphasis was on creative writing, the course also aimed to improve the writing style of people who need to write for work.
Nicholas McLachlan writes poetry and fiction. He was born in Dublin and lives in Ventry, County Kerry. His first collection of poetry The Rain Barrel was published by Salmon Poetry in 2015. He also received the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship the same year. His short stories have been published in The Irish Times, the Cork Literary Review, Force 10 and Cyphers. He is a mentor and teacher of poetry and fiction and works with individuals and university, school and community groups. For 15 years he was director of Dingle Writing Courses which ran an annual programme of residential writing courses from 1996—2010.