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Pirate Johnny Blackbeard: Creating a Picture Book at Fighting Words

On Saturday 20 October a group of young writers aged 4 and 5 came to Fighting Words to create a picture book. Working together, they created the character Priate Johnny Blackbeard and his friend Redbeard, who wears a red bandana. Workshop participants illustrated the second part of the story, sending the characters on an adventure at sea to find more fish.

Create A Picture Book at Fighting Words!

Young writers aged 4-5 are invited to Fighting Words to create their very own picture book! Working as a group, participants will invent an original story together and see the pages of their book being created on the Fighting Words screen.

Once they have decided on the characters and plot, participants will create part of the story together, helped by Fighting Words tutors and illustrators, editing as they go. Everyone will then have time to write and draw their own individual endings to the story. Participants will leave with a copy of their book!

Date:  Saturday, 20 October 2018 
Time:  11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1

Fighting Words and DCU Partnership Launched!

Fighting Words launched our partnership with the DCU Institute of Education at the Seamus Heaney Lecture Theatre at the St Patrick's Campus on Thursday, 27 September. DCU President Brian MacCraith introduced Fighting Words co-founder Roddy Doyle. Institute of Education Executive Dean Dr Anne Looney also spoke and Dr Francesca Lorenzi of DCU and FW Education Director Dr Orla Lehane described the partnership in practice.

Fighting Words Wicklow Is Seeking An Intern!

Fighting Words Wicklow offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings, creative writing workshops for secondary students in the afternoons as well as occasional 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 tutors. Workshops take place at our centre in Glencree and in Blessington, as well as other locations in the Wicklow area.

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, as well as the chance to get involved in the running of a branch of an NGO.

Vacant but Not Empty: Re-imagine a Space in North Dublin - A Workshop for 11-13 Years, Saturday, 13 October

There is a big corner lot next door to the Fighting Words centre in Dublin 1. What is happening there? What could happen there? You decide!

A creative writing workshop as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation's Open House Dublin Festival, young people are invited to use their imaginations to consider the space around them.

Age: 11-13
Location: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1 D01 WD53
When: Saturday, 13 October - 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Story-writing Workshop for Four and Five Year Olds at Fighting Words

On Saturday 28 July a group of four and five year olds came to Fighting Words to write a story. After a short warm up game, they worked together to create the characters Peter the Tiger and Scrape the Lion.  The characters were in space, fighting some mean aliens! The workshop participants created and illustrated their own endings to the story. 

Early Childhood Workshops at Fighting Words

 

On Saturday a group of six and seven year olds came to Fighting Words to write a story. After a short warm up game, they worked together to create the characters Mr Pizza and Mr Hot Dog, sending them on an adventure where they encountered the terrifying Pizza -Eater. The workshop participants all wrote their own endings to the story along with illustrations of the characters and the different situations they found themselves in. 

Theatre-Making at the Gate Theatre

Fighting Words partnered with the Gate Theatre and DCU University of Sanctuary to run a series of theatre-making workshops for refugees and asylum seekers. The workshops took place in the Studio at the Gate Theatre. Working with Fighting Words volunteers, the participants wrote songs, created characters and put short scenes together through improvisation and writing short scripts. The time at the Gate included a tour of the building, encouraging the idea of site as inspiration, and a trip to see The Snapper. 

Young Playwrights Programme - Cork

Six months ago, in association with the Landmark Productions and Everyman world premiere of Asking for It, the Young Playwrights’ Programme brought together nine aspiring young writers to develop and hone scriptwriting skills, supported by professional playwright mentors John McCarthy and Katie Holly at Graffiti Theatre Company as part of Fighting Words Cork.

The project culminated in a presentation of their work as staged readings at the Everyman for Cork Midsummer Festival on June 22nd. 

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