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Share Your Writing With Us!

All the work included here has been produced by children aged 5 to 17 from all over Ireland. You will also find online workshops, videos and tips from writers to encourage you!

We Want Your Stories! Send Your Creative Writing to Fighting Words

During this time when we might find ourselves with more time,  it's time for more stories! Fighting Words is inviting children and young people to write and share their writing with us.Primary School Age Writers (Age 6-12): The Fighting Words Story-Starter

Scríbhneoirí Bunscoile (Aois 6-12): 'Story-Starter' Fighting Words

We have invented the Story-Starter, which we hope will spark your imagination and help you get started on a story.  You can change anything you want in the story - you don't have to include all the ideas generated in the Story-Starter.

Office Closed But We Are Open

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with Government guidelines, the offices of Fighting Words will be closed until further notice. All programmes in all centres and partner organisation locations are suspended for the time being.

We are offering many new online programmes and you can still contact our staff in the usual way.

Online Resources to Keep Young Writers Creating!

Friends of Fighting Words are offering the following to keep young minds engaged during the school closure period:

  • Fighting Words wants your stories! Call for submissions from writers at both primary and secondary level found here.
  • Writers of all ages are also welcome to participate in the Global Writing Lockdown! It's an intiative of writing centres for children around the world. Read all about it here.
  • The great folks at The Ark have lots of resources - head to their site for music, dance and much more!
  • Our friends at Brown Bag Labs have compiled great lists of educational resources and animation websites to keep young minds active and creative!
  • Primary school kids in 1st through 6th class can check out the daily Home School Hub on RTÉ television and on the RTÉ Player. There is even more fun learning games and activities on the RTÉ Learn page - including Fighting Words videos!

WINNERS!

Fighting Words and Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) Clontarf and Clondalkin have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past year. 

In June 2019, we worked with the RT Drama Group from CRC Clontarf on the production of their play Phantasarie Deuxwhich was performed at the Players Theatre at Trinity College and at the Anam Festival at Dublin City University. 

FIGHTING WORDS CLOSURE /FIGHTING WORDS AG DÚNADH

With effect from 6pm on Thursday, 12 March:

All workshops and events are cancelled until 20 April to protect the health of all students, volunteers and staff.

This situation will remain under review. The closure may be extended in line with government advice with regard to the Covid-19 situation in Ireland.

The closure applies to ALL programmes that are scheduled to take place both at Fighting Words locations AND off-site locations.

 

 

Ón 6 a chlog tráthnóna Déardaoin, 12 Márta:

Tá gach ceardlann agus gach imeacht curtha ar ceal go dtí an 29 Márta d'fhonn sláinte ár ndaltaí, ár ndaoine deonacha agus ár bhfoireann a chosaint.

Coinneofar an cás seo faoi athbhreithniú. D'fhéadfaí fanacht dúnta níos faide ag brath ar chomhairle ón rialtas maidir le cás an Covid-19 in Éirinn.

Baineann an dúnadh seo le GACH imeacht atá beartaithe ag ionaid Fighting Words AGUS ag ionaid sheachtracha.

Calling all Senior Citizens in the Local Area…

GAA Museum and Fighting Words Need You for a New Project

As part of the GAA Museum’s programme of events to remember the tragic events of Bloody Sunday in Croke Park on November 21st, 1920 we are teaming up with the GAA to launch a new community project. If you like telling stories or have an interest in local history, then this is for you!

We are looking for local senior residents who would be interested in attending free writing workshops focusing on local history and stories.

Writing for Animation

'Writing for animation' was a four-month project in collaboration with animation students from Colaiste Dhulaigh. Over the course of three workshops, four young writers from Write Club created scripts for short animated films. These scripts were then taken on by teams of animation students from Colaiste Dhulaigh.

Fighting Words Chonamara!

Bhí lá mór againn i Ros Muc Dé hAoine seo caite, 17 Eanáir nuair a sheol Roddy Doyle Fighting Words Chonamara!

B'iad Rang a 6 as Scoil Éinne, An Spidéal a bhí i mbun pinn ar an lá agus bhain siad an-sult as an gceardlann. Buíochas mór le gach duine a tháinig amach.

Fighting Words Connemara was formally launched on Friday, 17 January by Roddy Doyle at Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsagh in Ros Muc. 

Changing Tides at The Gate!

Congratulations to all the young playwrights of Changing Tides, a powerful new work produced in collaboration with Fighting Words, World Vision Ireland and the Gate Theatre with support from Irish Aid.

Bravo to Aisling Murphy, Aoibhe Hegarty, Craig Maguire, Éabha Ní Fhearail and Jonathan Breen for this play on ending violence against children. 

First Fortnight 2020 at Fighting Words

As part of First Fortnight, the annual festival that raises awareness about mental health, challenges prejudice and works to end stigma, Fighting Words is hosting a workshop for young writers aged 14 to 17 years on Saturday, January 18th!

Character Connections

Where: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1
When: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Time: 11am to 1.00pm
Age Range: 14 to 17 years
Cost: FREE 

Yes, We Still Drink Coffee! Stories of Women Human Rights Defenders launched at the Dublin Book Festival

Noline Blackwell launched the recent Fighting Words and Front Line Defenders publication Yes, We Still Drink Coffee! at a sold out event at the Dublin Book Festival. The event also included readings by some of the writers involved in the publication.

‘Reading these remarkable essays is a jolt to the conscience. The women interviewed for this collection have chosen activism over apathy. They live with threats and fear, and confront them with courage. They are committed to highlighting injustices, campaigning for changes, often at great personal risk.’  - Monica McInerney, Foreword

Help a Young Person to Tell Their Stories - Volunteer with Fighting Words!

We are seeking volunteers interested in working with secondary school students in Dublin and Wicklow. Working with teens is incredibly rewarding - be a part of it!

Registered volunteers can help out any at any of our workshops, but we are particularly keen to find people interested in working with teens in Dublin and Wicklow.

Contact info@fightingwords.ie for more information or click on the link!

 

Fighting Words is a Gaisce Challenge Partner - Work Toward Your Award With Us!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS: The activities related to attaining your Gaisce Award at Fighitng Words have been suspended until January 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages you to get active, find your passion, be part of a team and make a difference in your community while having fun and making new friends! It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to all young people to dream big and realise your potential.
  
You can rise to the Gaisce challenge by identifying which award level you want to aim for (Bronze, Silver and Gold ) and then achieving your goals across the following challenge areas:

Jonathan Swift Festival 2019 - Creative Writing Workshop

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

The workshop will start with a brief talk about the buildings of the Georgian period with Ruth Kenny, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral. We will then start a story together - who or what is behind the facade of these old buildings?  There will also be time to work individually. As always, Fighting Words writing tutors will be on hand to lend a hand.

Fighting Words at the Dublin Book Festival - Two Events!

Fighting Words is delighted to be a part of the 2019 Dublin Book Festival! We have two events at the festival this year: 

  • Story Writing Workshop, Saturday, 16 November from 10.30am to 12.30pm for 8-10 years at the Fighting Words, Dublin 1. Create a story together - but finish it yourself! Click here for information and to apply for a place! Closing date for applications is 4pm, Monday 4th November.
 

Ghost Quest - Honourable Mention at the Dublin Animation Film Festival!

We are absolutely thrilled that Ghost Quest received Honourable Mention in the Social Recognition category at the @dublinanimationfestival on Saturday 19th October! 

A huge congratulations to the young writers and illustrators who created the story and the brilliant animation team at @bouldermedia - a fantastic achievement. 

Pictured are Fighting Words Executive Director Seán Love, director Aidan McAteer and Boulder CEO Rob Cullen.

Dublin Book Festival 2019: Story Writing Workshop

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 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!

Date: Saturday, 16 November 2019
Location: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1 D01 WD53
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Age Range: 8-10 years 

Men's Shed

The Men's Shed from Marino-Fairview attended four creative workshops at Fighting Words over September and October. They wrote personal memoir stories that looked back at their various careers. They also collaborated on a fictional story called 'Just the Job'. The story is set in a typical workplace environment in Dublin in the late 1970s.

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