Dublin In The Coming Times: Teen Workshops This November and December!


As part of the Dublin In The Coming Times project, we are excited about several fantastic workshops coming up on Saturdays in November and December at different locations in Dublin. 

About Dublin In The Coming Times
Can you imagine Dublin in the future? Would you like to write about it? Fighting Words is one of the partners in the project DUBLIN IN THE COMING TIMES, running throughout 2016.

In his 1893 collection, “The Rose”, W B Yeats included a poem with the title “To Ireland in the Coming Times."
Borrowing the Yeats title, Dublin in the Coming Times is a free city wide programme of creative writing in which Dubliners, young and old, can create their own stories and poems as they look to the future of their city going through another phase of evolution and renewal. Fighting Words, Dublin City Libraries and other partners will be working together with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature to deliver the programme during 2016.
The project is intended to enable Dublin’s citizens to participate in illustrating a vision of the city that, while it might change and adapt to new circumstance, will continue as a living, creative environment and a place for the storyteller and poet. We plan to publish selections from the stories that are created.

Dublin In The Coming Times: Teen Workshops in November and December - DEADLINE EXTENDED!

All workshops are aimed at teen writers aged 14-17 years and are free of charge. We will provide all materials. Click here for the application form!

  • Croke Park - Saturday, 5 November, 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Thinking about Dublin in the future - how will the city look, how will landmarks change and how will they be used.  A tour of Croke Park acts as the inspiration for the creative writing workshop that follows.  Use the ideas to create your own pieces of writing around the theme 'Dublin in the Coming Times.'




  • Comics - Fighting Words Centre - Saturday 19 November, 2.00 - 5.00 pm 

'Bringing about the Dublin that we want.'  This is theme of the workshop in which, working with comic artists, you will create your own comic.  Devise, write and illustrate the comic with guidance from experienced artists. 
The workshop is preceded by a live reading by a number of comic-book artists (2.00pm - 2.45 pm).  



  • National Print Museum - Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a two-day workshop and participants MUST be available for BOTH sessions
Day One will begin with an interactive tour of the National Print Museum; featuring demonstrations from the Museum’s active retired volunteers.  The tour will be followed by a group discussion with workshop participants and the Museum’s volunteers about Dublin and their vision for the city’s future.


On Day Two, inspired by Day One’s tour and discussions with museum volunteers, participants will take part in a creative writing workshop, where they will write their own stories about Dublin in the future with help and support provided by volunteer tutors and inspired by the previous day's conversations. 

Important Information For All Workshops

  • Apply for a place for your child by submitting the online application form.   We will NOT hold a place for your child without a form - you MUST book a place by returning the form.  You can find the application form by clicking here.
  • You will receive an onscreen confirmation after submitting an application form successfully - NOT an email.
  • Submitting a application form does not guarantee a place.
  • Age range: due to high demand for places, we are very strict in regard to the age ranges for each workshop.  Application forms received for those who are outside the age ranges will not be considered. The age range for these workshops is 14-17 years.
  • Places on each workshop are limited. Places will be allocated using a lottery system to guarantee fairness.
  • In the case of siblings, please use separate application forms for each applicant.
  • If your child is interested in more than one workshop, please complete a form for each workshop.
  • All workshops are free of charge.
  • All participants are expected to abide by the Fighting Words Positive Behaviour Policy, which will be distributed to parents prior to the start of each workshop.
  • All workshops are run by experienced Fighting Words writing tutors.
  • Our tutors are trained in our child protection procedures and are Garda vetted.
  • Cancellation Policy: If your child is unable to attend a Fighting Words workshop for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible. Any available places will be offered to applicants on the waiting list.

For more information about these workshops and Dublin In The Coming Times, please contact project co-ordinator Orla Lehane.