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Children's Rights Children's Writing

The supplement Children's Rights, Children's Writing was published in The Irish Times on 20 November 2017

Produced in conjunction with the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, young writers from around Ireland wrote creative responses to each of the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was ratified by Ireland in 1992.

A copy of the supplement was presented to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone TD by two of the authors included in the supplement, Kirti Achanta and Jack Fanciulli.

 

The Big Picture - Two Amazing Projects

Fighting Words is delighted to have two amazing projects as part of with Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch's project The Big Picture.

Fighting Words Mayo - The Young Prince and The Giant

The Fighting Words Mayo team worked with with the Linenhall Arts Centre on the "The Young Prince and The Giant" with students from Newport National School.

Using an unfinished story written in a school copybook from Mayo in the late 1930s as a jumping off point, the students created beautiful images for an beautiful story. The illustrations were made at Linenhall on 24 October 2017.

Fighting Words Dublin/Glencree/Cork/Belfast - The Big Story for The Big Picture

Children at four Fighting Words locations - Dublin, Wicklow, Cork and Belfast - are each writing a chapter of The Big Story. The theme of the story is "The Search."

 

Dublin Book Festival at Fighting Words

THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT. 

Fighting Words is delighted once again to host a workshop as par of this year's Dublin Book Festival!

Dublin Book Festival 2017: Story Writing Workshop

Join us for a fun and imaginative workshop where we will create characters and write a story together. 

Then write your own ending, draw pictures and at the end of the workshop, take your story home to show all your family and friends!

Fighting Words Belfast is hiring!

Fighting Words Belfast are currently recruiting for a Coordinator (part-time - 22.5 hrs per week, £19208 pro rata).

Fighting Words Belfast is a creative writing initiative for all children and young people in Northern Ireland aged 6-18. The project arose out of a collective effort between Young at Art, Skainos in East Belfast, the 174 Trust in North Belfast and Fighting Words, Dublin.

The post holder will be responsible for the administrative and operational needs of Fighting Words Belfast.

 

Culture Night 2017

We are delighted to be offering free creative workshops for adults at St Patrick's Hospital on Culture Night - Friday, 22 September.

No need to book - tea and coffee provided!

When: Friday, 22 September
Where: St Patrick's Hospital, Dublin (directions found here) - very close to Heuston Luas stop
Times: 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Fighting Words is a Gaisce Challenge Partner!

Fighting Words is delighted to announce that we are now a Challenge Partner with Gaisce - The President's Award!

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages young people to find their passion, get active and make a difference in their communities. Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential.

Event Day Dún Laoghaire

As part of the National Museum of Childhood Event Day, we invite participants aged 14-17 to explore childhood past, present, and future in a Fighting Words creative writing workshop. As part of this workshop, participants will visit an exhibition of photos and stories related to childhood in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire. This visit will act as inspiration and starting point for the creative writing workshop that follows.

Fighting Words Is Seeking An Intern

Fighting Words offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings, creative writing workshops for secondary students in the afternoons as well as workshops covering all aspects of writing in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.  All tutoring is provided by trained and vetted volunteer mentors.

Interns assist Fighting Words staff with all aspects of programme and project management.  Interns are also responsible for regular administration tasks and also assist in event planning. We offer the opportunity to work with primary and secondary school age students in a supportive and fun environment at a variety of locations, as well as the chance to get involved in the running of an NGO.

 

Fighting Words & the FAI- Invitation to Submit Stories, 13-15 Years

Fighting Words is teaming up with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and we want children to write stories that are somehow football related - even if only a little bit.

We hope over the coming months and years to involve Ireland players and coaches in story writing workshops with children. 

First off, we’re inviting 13–15 year old girls and boys to write a story about a fictional character who joins the squad.

Summer Camps 2017

Applications for our 2017 summer camps have now closed. Regrettably, due to demand, we are unable to accept late applications.

If you have applied for a place for your child and a place becomes available due to a cancellation, the place will be allocated by lottery from the names on the wait list and parents will be contacted as soon as possible. 

We are delighted to announce the schedule of FREE summer camps at Fighting Words for 2017! This year, we are running a variety of summer programmes at our centre in Dublin and two filmmaking camps for teens in Glencree, Co. Wicklow.

Our camps are highly participatory and a lot of fun. Come explore your creativity with us this summer!

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