The Fighting Words Mayo team recently ran a fantastically fun workshop with the Belleek and Moy Brownie groups at the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina.
Up in the Wicklow Mountains, stories are written by primary and secondary school students at Fighting Words Glecree, opened in September 2016.
Primary and secondary school workshops run Tuesday through Thursday.
If you’d like to inquire about booking a class or about volunteering, contact Mark Davidson.
In addition to our Dublin centre, Fighting Words delivers workshops at a variety of locations around the country, including our sister centre in Northern Ireland, Fighting Words Belfast.
The passing of the wonderful Irish poet John Montague is of great sadness. We send our deepest sympathy to his family and relatives.
Penguin Random House Ireland is today launching its partnership with Fighting Words to help thousands of young people discover and reach their creative potential regardless of their background.
The relationship with Fighting Words builds on a wider long-term partnership between Penguin Random House UK and Ministry of Stories, a London-based charity founded on the same principles as Fighting Words and part of a global network of creative writing and mentoring centres.
This position has been filled.
Fighting Words – the creative writing centre in Dublin– is seeking an intern!
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 the running of a small NGO.
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!
Places are limited and booking is required. Please find the booking form here.
The song that tells the story of Fighting Words!
Performed by Ms Gilroy's 3rd class 2015-2016, St Fiachra's Senior National School, Beaumont, Dublin 9. Composed by John Butler, sound by Colm Quearney, direction by Louise Foxe, mastered by Daniel Fox, filmed by Oliver Fallen. Special thanks to all involved!
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."
Glenn Patterson helps celebrate Crosswords – a cross-community, cross-border creative writing project by Fighting Words Belfast and Fighting Words Dublin in North Belfast.
On Friday 3rd June children from Belfast and Dublin gathered at the Girdwood Community Hub with acclaimed author Glenn Patterson to launch an exciting new publication produced collaboratively with five schools participating in the Crosswords project.
Volunteer at our NEW location at the Aurora Centre, Glencree, Co. Wicklow! Workshops kick off on Tuesday, 13 September and will run three days per week. Are you a registered FW tutor? Sign up on the Glencree calendar on the website! Interested in finding out more? Go the the Volunteer page.
Volunteering at Fighting Words is immensely rewarding and a lot of fun. All you need is a listening ear to help kids turn their ideas into great stories.
But don't take our word for it. Click on the video below to find out more.
After a festival run around the world, we are delighted to reveal our latest collaboration with Brown Bag Films!
The irreverently titled 'The Story Will Be Revealed in the Movie' is a quirky, mad-cap, extraordinary tale that was written, designed, and performed by the children of Fighting Words as the third consecutive collaboration with Brown Bag Films, with narration by the wonderful Deirdre O'Kane.
Date: Thursday, 23 June 2016
Venue: Toners Pub, 139 Baggot Street, Dublin 2.
Publishing Ireland and The Booksellers Association are hosting a Literary Table Quiz in aid of Fighting Words!
Glory and prizes to be won on the night!
Spark Your Imagination is the children's area of the City Spectacular festival in Dublin. It is a banquet for the brain - the makings of many light bulb moments!
In conjunction with Imaginosity and Fighting Words, ESB Spark Your Imagination is a feast for the senses, with interactive installations, free workshops, and lively performances.
We are delighted to advise the schedule of FREE summer camps here at Fighting Words for 2016!
Our camps are highly participatory and a lot of fun. Come explore your creativity with us this summer!
Applications close at 4.00pm on Tuesday, June 7th. Applications closed.
Date: 17th May 2016
Venue: Pobalscoil Neasáin, Baldoyle
“All of these writers should be proud that their imaginations are well and truly alive, that dreaming "what if?" has taken them far from their own lives and deep and deep into their heads and hearts.” Cecelia Ahern from the introduction to the anthology.
The 6th Fighting Words supplement of new Irish writing was published in The Irish Times on Wednesday, 11 May 2016. The supplement features short stories, poetry and plays from writers aged between seven and seventeen, from all over Ireland.
Well done to all the young authors!
We are deligthed to take part again this year in the Bealtaine Festival, a month-long festival for people aged over 55.
This year, we are offering a series of three workshops on Friday afternoons in May starting on Friday, May 6th.
We will focus on imagining Dublin in the future - these workshops will be part of the Dublin In The Coming Times project.
A Reading of eight short plays, devised and scripted by teenage writers took place on Friday 1st April on the Abbey stage.
Date: 1 March 2016
Fighting Words has been featured quite a bit in Irish media recently!
Check out the piece in the latest issue of Women's Way, about our programmes and volunteering. Click here
Tips about telling stories from our manager Sara Bennett are featured in MediaHQ's podcast Mediaflash: Click here
Story Title: Banananot vs Chimpy
By: Gaelscoil na Mí, 3rd Class,
Date: 25 February 2016
Another brilliant morning at St Patrick's Cathedral - a tour of the cathedral featuring its' legends and stories followed by creating a story about a banana in a robot suit and some killer potatoes with the students from Gaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne!
Can you imagine Dublin in the future? Would you like to write about it?
Sebastian Barry has - so has the Dublin Hun.
We are 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.
What does Fighting Words do?
Opened in January 2009, the centre offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings, creative writing tutoring for secondary students in the afternoons, and occasional workshops for various ages in the evenings and at weekends. We also run free week-long summer camps in July and August.
The workshops at Fighting Words run by teams of volunteer writing tutors in a relaxed, creative environment.
Hopscotch was officially launched on Sunday 20th December at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Great Denmark Street. Hopscotch presents the work of several artists and is based around the theme of childhood memories and children's games.
The new Fighting Words Mayo team has been working with primary schools since early October 2015, running workshops at The National Museum of Ireland, Country Life in Castlebar.
We are in the running! Please help us spread the word.
Please vote for "Fighting Words - The Write to Right" and support creative writing for children and teens.
Voting is now closed - thanks to everyone who supported us!