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Young Storykeeper - Volume Five Is Here!

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland are excited to launch the fifth and final volume of the Young Storykeeper digital magazine! We are delighted to now share every lighthouse-inspired story, poem, comic, animation and song with you.

We received over 1,300 submissions and are grateful to each and every young author for sharing their creativity with us!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions of original writing inspired by lighthouses from young writers aged 7-12.

Christmas With Covid: Using "The Write to Right" To Create New Stories!

Kildare Students Use “The Write to Right” to Create New Stories for Christmas 2020!

Sixth class students from St Brigid’s Primary School in Kildare Town fired up their imaginations to create new Christmas stories for this holiday season like no other.

Inspired by the stories in the Fighting Words “New Irish Writing” supplement with The Irish Times and other resources available on the Fighting Words website, Linda Pearson and her class worked on their stories for several weeks during the autumn 2020 term, with a focus on Christmas stories during the time of Covid-19.

Fighting Words/Irish Times Supplement - Call for Submissions!

Submissions are now being invited for The Irish Times Fighting Words Supplement 2021!

Táimid ag glacadh le hiarratais as Béarla agus as Gaeilge.

Every year, Fighting Words publishes a magazine of exciting new writing by young people from all over Ireland with The Irish Times.

We are delighted to announce that we are now inviting submissions from secondary school students to be included in The Irish Times supplement in 2021.

Déan ceiliúradh ar Dhá Scéal Déag na Nollag le Fighting Words agus le Graffiti Theatre Company!

An Nollaig seo, ba mhaith le Fighting Words agus le Graffiti Theatre Company cuireadh a thabhairt do scríbhneoirí óga idir 6 agus 12 bliain d’aois a scéal Nollag féin a scríobh! Tá sé níos tábhachtaí i mbliana ná bhí sé riamh spiorad na féile a chothú, mar sin cuir do shamhlaíocht ag obair agus cum scéal nua.

Cum Scéal Nollag le Cabhair ónar gCairde

D’iarr muid ar ár gcairde tús a chur leis na scéalta ionas go mbeadh cabhair agaibhse agus sibh ag tosú - cliceáil ar na naisc thíos le breathnú ar thús na scéalta agus beidh tú féin in ann críoch a chur leo.

dhá scéal déag ann ar fad- cliceáil ar na naisc le héisteacht leis na húdair agus na haisteoirí as chuile chearn den tír as Béarla agus as Gaeilge!

Celebrate The 12 Stories of Christmas with Fighting Words and Graffiti Theatre Company!

This festive season, Fighting Words and Graffiti Theatre Company are inviting young writers between the ages of 6 and 12 years to write your own Christmas story! Spreading holiday cheer is more important than ever this year, so fire up your imagination and create a new classic tale.

Create a Christmas Story with Some Help from Our Friends!

To help you get started, we have asked some of our friends to craft story prompts - click on the links below to watch the start of a new story that you can finish yourself.

There are twelve stories in all - click on the links to hear stories by authors and performers from all over the island of Ireland in English and in Irish!

Dublin Book Festival 2020: Story Writing Workshop

THIS EVENT IS BOOKED OUT

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

Join us for a fun and interactive workshop, creating characters and writing a story together. Then use your imagination to finish the story yourself! At the end of the workshop, we will publish the story on the Fighting Words website.

Date: Saturday, 5 December
Location: Online
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Age Range: 8-10 years 

Lighthouse Storybook: Purchase Your Copy Here!

Support children's charities and children's writing, put our Lighthouse Storybook on your Christmas list

Christmas is coming and we have just the stocking-filler for you!

ORDER NOW!

Earlier this year, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland launched the Young Storykeepers initiative. We invited submissions of original writing inspired by lighthouses from young writers aged 7-12.

Young Storykeepers Volume Four

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited 7-12 year-olds to become Young Storykeepers.

Your lighthouse-inspired stories are incredible!

1,256 Super Submissions!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions of original writing inspired by lighthouses from young writers aged 7-12. We received stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations for what we call the Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

That One Time

Fighting Words and Fighting Words NI are honoured to share the stories, poems and illustrations included in THAT ONE TIME...an online anthology by frontline workers and their families.

The powerful and moving writing included in THAT ONE TIME...will give you a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the heroes of our communities all over the island of Ireland.

As documentary filmmaker Alan Gilsenan notes in his introduction, "...no one inside these virtual pages claims to be a hero. They are just doing their jobs, as they often tell us. Or simply doing what they imagine to be right.  What used to be called ‘the decent thing.’ The stuff of community and solidarity. Of looking after your own and your neighbours. 

Write Club Online - Writing Group for Writers in Secondary School!

We may not be able to meet up in the real world at the moment... so Write Club now online. Young writers from all over Ireland can join our Write Club community and work on their own writing with the support of Fighting Words mentors.oung writers from all over Ireland can join our Write Club community and work on their own writing with the support of Fighting Words mentors. 

What Is Write Club Online?

Every week, on Wednesday at 2.00pm, we will release a video made by one of our talented mentors, who are all established and experienced writers. Each video will be part of a 6-8 video series covering a genre or mode of creative writing (playwriting, short fiction, poetry etc.).  In each video, you will be guided through an aspect of creative writing and then offered a writing prompt or exercise to get you started...

CRC Erasmus

Covid-19 has had a big impact on the lives of people living with a disability in Ireland. For this Erasmus+ project, Fighting Words volunteers worked online with young adults from a variety of CRC campuses in Dublin to create an original story. Using fictional characters they examined how they could improve their situation in gaining access to support services during this pandemic.

Fighting Words Chonamara!

Cuireann Fighting Words Chonamara ceardlanna scríbhneoireachta as Gaeilge ar fáil do dhaoine óga! Is deis mhaith í seo tabhairt faoi obair dheonach thaitneamhach le solúbthacht ama
 linn agus  mar chuid den fhoireann seo atá ag dul i dtreise agus i méid
Beidh  ag cabhrú le daoine óga a gcuid samhlaíochta a úsáid chun scéalta a insint agus a scríobh
Cliceáil anseo chun castáil le roinnt de na hoibrithe deonacha atá cheana féin ag obair le Fighting Words Chonamara.

Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival 2020: Song Writing Workshops

Fighting Words is delighted to be part of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival, hosted by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders.

Songs and music have played a powerful role in human rights movements, giving a universal voice, crossing barriers and promoting unity and equality.

At these three workshops we will look at the history of these songs, and draw on these themes to create our own songs relevant for today's generation. The workshops will culminate in a performance at Fighting Words on Saturday 24th October 2020.

Young Storykeepers Volume Three

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited 7-12 year-olds to become Young Storykeepers.

Your lighthouse-inspired stories are incredible!

1,256 Super Submissions!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions of original writing inspired by lighthouses from young writers aged 7-12. We received stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations for what we call the Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

Open House Junior Workshop - Create An Extraordinary Story! Saturday, 10 October

THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT!

Create An Extraordinary Story From The Ordinary with Fighting Words

The focus of this online workshop will be on redesigning and repurposing everyday locations and objects to fit into our new ways of living.

Each participant is asked to send two photos to Fighting Words in advance: a location and an object, that we can use to start a story together In the first of half of the workshop, we will write together for 20-30 minutes, followed by individual writing time and an opportunity to share our work at the end.

Near and Far Are All the Same These Days

Earlier this year, Fighting Words and Fighting Words NI were invited by Ordskælv, our friends and sister organisation in Denmark, to take part in the Global Writing Lockdown. The project was envisioned as a way of bringing us all closer together even as we were forced to remain apart. It was an opportunity to reach out and share perspectives amidst the uncertainty and worry of the global pandemic.

We invited YOU to send in your writing about the lockdown and the response was fantastic, with submissions from all over the island of Ireland and from all ages. The anthology we present here is a wonderful, heart-warming collection of writings and stands as an emblem of the strength and solidarity to be found in writing and creative expression through this most trying year.

Visions & Revisions: An Anthology of New Writing by Junior Cycle Teachers

Visions & Revisions is a collection of writing by twenty junior cycle teachers. A partner programme between Fighting Words and Arts in Junior Cycle, the teachers attended a series of workshops at Fighting Words to draft, redraft, edit and publish this collection of work. This creative programme offers teachers the time and space to explore and consider possibilities around the creation of portfolios across all subjects at Junior Cycle.

This unique collection of work by new writers is a testament to the power of words, taking chances and using our imaginations.

Launch of Young Storykeeper Volume Two!

Young Storykeeper - Volume Two: More incredible lighthouse-inspired stories!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions from young writers aged 7-12 - original writing inspired by lighthouses. We received  stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations for what we call the Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

Sent to us from every corner of the island of Ireland and beyond, the creativity has shone through and every Young Storykeeper should all be very proud!

 

Young Storykeepers Volume Two

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited 7-12 year-olds to become Young Storykeepers.

Your lighthouse-inspired stories are incredible!

1,256 Super Submissions!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions of original writing inspired by lighthouses from young writers aged 7-12. We received stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations for what we call the Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

Poetry In Bloom

A Nature Poetry Initiative - celebrating the power of storytelling and nature

Calling all writers aged 7 and upwards: Powerscourt Estate & Fighting Words want your poems and lyrics!

The “Poetry in Bloom” at Powerscourt initiative, developed by Powerscourt in partnership with creative writing organisation Fighting Words, is an invitation and call to everyone from the age of 7 up to 107 to create a poem or write lyrics inspired by nature observed at Powerscourt Gardens. All submissions are online and will be automatically entered into an open prize draw to win a variety of wonderful prizes.

Dear 2030 Me

Dear Me - A Letter to the Future...

We worked with our good friends at RTÉ2 Home School Hub to create some creative letter writing tips for kids to tell their future selves all about this period of home schooling.

Kids can give their letters to a parent and ask them to keep it safe until 2030!

Young Storykeeper - Volume Five Is Here!

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland are excited to launch the fifth and final volume of the Young Storykeeper digital magazine! We are delighted to now share every lighthouse-inspired story, poem, comic, animation and song with you.

We received over 1,300 submissions and are grateful to each and every young author for sharing their creativity with us!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions of original writing inspired by lighthouses from young writers aged 7-12.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 | June 13th

This year Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of free creativity for children and young people, is going online! Will you be getting creative? There are only a few days to go and so many ways to enjoy it!

Back in May, Great Lighthouses of Ireland and Fighting Words asked 7-12 year olds to create some lighthouse stories and become Young Storykeepers. So many fantastic entries were submitted that we’re publishing them all in a multi-volume digital magazine over the summer.

FIGHTING WORDS ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS 2020

BOOKINGS HAVE CLOSED! Due to demand, we are unable to accept late applications. We will be in contact with parents who applied for a place by 19 June.

We are delighted to announce the schedule of FREE ONLINE summer camps at Fighting Words for 2020!

This year, due to the continuing advice from the Government to maintain social distancing, Fighting Words summer camps will be offered online to guarantee the safety of participants, facilitators and our volunteer team.

Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart

At the beginning of May Fighting Words were asked to take part in RTE's "Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart". Mark worked with the four families for the week, helping them to gain confidence in creative writing using different prompts and tasks. They worked toward writing one final piece each that they then read out on RTE. The pieces are a fantastic varied collection that capture something of each families' experience and approach to life in this strange way of existence we have all adopted. We have collected the full pieces below and hope you enjoy reading them:

Volunteering at Fighting Words: A Snapshot

The Fighting Words volunteers scurry to set up the screen and the data projector in the Bundoran Library. Anxiously, we count the number of volunteers on hand. Will you lead the brainstorming? Will you type? Has So-and-so been vetted yet? We need to recruit more volunteers!

The busload of primary-school students arrive at 10:30, and the brainstorming begins. What does it take, the Storyteller asks, to create a story? The students shout out their answers. Pencils and paper! Commas! Brains! The ideas flow faster than the typing, but the students begin to focus when their words appear on the screen. We need a plot! Dialogue! A beginning, a middle, and an end!

Young StoryKeeper!

 

1,256 Super Submissions!

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland have devoured every single one of the 1,256 stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations submitted for our Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

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