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Highlights from our 10th Anniversary Showcase at Farmleigh on Saturday, May 4th!

A million thanks to all the writers who participated, the staff at Farmleigh and to everyone who came to celebrate with us.

The event featured poetry, short stories, the premiere of the new animated short Ghost Quest (a co-production with Boulder Media), one of the plays from the Young Playwrights Project with the Abbey Theatre and a new song, written by the audience!

The participants included past and present participants and volunteers, as well as Fighting Words staff -  Robyn Gill, Sharon Hogan, Rachel Thornton, Zara Ní Shuilebháin, Palakshi Rattan, Amy Lawrence, Aidan McAteer, Jack Fanciulli, Rahil Kassouri, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Juliette Crosbie and Jeda De Brí. The MC on the day was the brilliant Úna Kavanagh. 

 

Young Irish Writing - The 2019 Fighting Words Supplement in The Irish Times

The 2019 Fighting Words supplement of new writing from young authors was published on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

The annual supplement features writing from primary and secondary school students from all over Ireland.

From our co-founder Roddy Doyle's introduction: "Fighting Words opened in Dublin 10 years ago, in January 2009. We started just as the country was falling apart, as the Celtic Tiger was being hauled off to the abattoir, and we wondered – myself and Seán Love, the co-founders – how long we could stay open, if there’d be enough interest from schools and teachers, if we’d be able to attract enough support.

Fighting Words in Jordan

Fighting Words volunteers travelled with World Vision Ireland to Azraq camp in Jordan to run story writing workshops with displaced Syrian children aged 6-8 in the Early Childhood Development Centre. Over a week, Fighting Words volunteers facilitated six workshops, reaching over one hundred children in the camp.  The children created a collection of fantastic stories and illustrations. The stories feature lions, butterflies, elephants, rabbits, chickens, and apple trees. 

Fighting Words - Seeking An Intern in Dublin!

Fighting Words offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings, creative writing workshops for secondary students in the afternoons as well as 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 mentors. 

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 editorial work, special projects and the running of an NGO.

Dublin Learning City Festival: Story Writing Workshop

Dublin is Learning. Learning for Work, Life and Fun. Fighting Words is delighted to host a workshop as part of the inaugural Dublin Learning City Festival. Kick off the Easter holidays creatively at Fighting Words! 

The Dublin Learning City Project is an exciting collaboration between IADT, Marino Institute of Education, Trinity, UCD and NCAD. Together with Dublin City Council. The goal is to make Dublin a Learning City!

Join us for a fun and imaginative workshop where we will create characters and write a story together, imagining Dublin in the future. 

Become a volunteer for Fighting Words Kerry

Fighting Words is a free creative writing programme developed by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in 2009.  The programme operates on the premise that creative writing is an essential part of every child’s education: that giving children a real dedicated chance and space to explore the limitlessness of their imaginations, does great things.  Fighting Words works with students of all ages to develop their creative writing skills, explore their love of writing and let their imaginations run free.

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.

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