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Analecta - Online Anthology for Young Writers

Analecta is a dedicated digital anthology of writing by teen writers. The latest edition features fiction, plays and visual art created as part of our project The Write to Right with experienced creative practitioners in Autumn 2020. 
Many of the pieces from Write Club members, young people who have attended our various programmes for teens or submitted work via The Un-School Club.

First Fortnight 2019 - Create A Character Workshop for Kids!

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 6 to 8 years on Saturday, January 26th!

Create A Character at Fighting Words!
Where: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1
When: Saturday, 26 January 2019
Time: 11am to 12.30pm
Age Range: 6 to 8 years
Cost: FREE

Musician Memoir Series

Preserving the History of Irish Musicians

Did you spend your life working as a musician in the era of Jazz, Showbands or Beat Groups in the 1950s, 60s and 70s?

We are looking for retired musicians, even though we know they are all still playing!

Fighting Words is providing a series of creative writing workshops that will help you to commit your stories to paper.

Fighting Words Wexford

Wexford County Council Public Library Service through the Reader in Residence programme are delighted to announce that they will be bringing the hugely successful Fighting Words creative writing project to Wexford Library in January 2019.

Fighting Words Wexford will be offering FREE creative writing workshops for primary school children living in County Wexford.

Schools are invited to join this wonderful initiative which is new to Wexford Library.

Dublin Book Festival 2018: 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, 17 November 2018
Location: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1 D01 WD53
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Age Range: 8-10 years 

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. 

FIGHTING WORDS SUMMER CAMPS 2018–Schedule and Information for Parents

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SUMMER CAMPS HAS NOW CLOSED. Due to demand, we are unable to accept late applications.

We are delighted to announce the schedule of FREE summer camps at Fighting Words for 2018!

This year, we are again running a variety of summer programmes at our centre in Dublin and a filmmaking camp for teens in Glencree, Co. Wicklow.

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

Applications closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday, June 6th.

Parents who have applied for a place will be advised no later than Monday, 18 June 2018.

Launch of Beyond Boundaries at Manor House School, Raheny

Twenty four transition year students from Manor House School, Raheny have been visiting Fighting Words each Tuesday, since September, to work on their short stories.

They drafted, redrafted, edited and completed the stories with encouragement from Fighting Words volunteers. After a lot of discussion they decided on the title of the book and worked with a designer on the cover, which was inspired by a drawing by one of the writers.

Fighting Words at International Literature Festival Dublin - St Patrick's Park

The Party in the Park, the children's festival as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin, took place at St Patrick's Park, next to St Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, 20 May. Our brilliant team ran two workshops for kids aged 6-11 years. Check out the brilliant stories: Talking Pizza goes to the moon and Leah the Alien

There were loads of other fun events on the day as well! 

Check out the ILF Dublin website for details about all their exciting events!

SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN LATE MAY!

The 2018 summer camp schedule will be announced at the end of this month on our website, social media and via our parent mailing list.

Camps are aimed at one of three age groups: 8-10 years, 11-13 years and 14-17 years. Due to the popularity of our camps and to ensure fairness, participants are limited to one camp only, we are very strict with regard to age ranges and places are allocated by lottery.

Fighting Words & Silver Thread - Workshops for Bealtaine Festival 2018!

Once again, Fighting Words is working with the Silver Thread team to bring older people and younger people together to tell their stories in two workshops as part of the Bealtaine Festival

We worked with residents at CareChoice Nursing Home in Clare Hall and fourth class students from St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne.

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