The Work

Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love.

Inspired by 826 National in the United States, Fighting Words is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1 - very close to Croke Park.

Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. We provide story-telling workshops for primary school groups, creative writing workshops for secondary students, summer camps for kids and teens and occasional seminars, workshops and tutoring for adults. All tutoring is free.

Fighting Words workshops are created and run by volunteers. The volunteers include professional writers - novelists, screen-writers, journalists, poets - aspiring writers, student teachers from DCU and all the Dublin colleges of education, retired teachers and many more people who are just keen to be involved in creative work.

If you are interested in finding out more about the fieldtrips and workshops on offer for primary school groups, secondary groups, or adults, follow the links below.

If you are interested in being one of our volunteers, click here

Primary

Each weekday morning from September to June, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, a primary school class (1st – 6th class) visits the Fighting Words Centre to write a story. 

Working together, with the help of our volunteer tutors, the children write an original story which they see being typed up onto a big projection screen in the Fighting Words centre as it is being written. 

The children decide on the characters and plot and go through the story together sentence by sentence, editing as they go.

Secondary

Weekday afternoons are devoted to workshops for secondary students during the academic year. These workshops take place either as one-off sessions, or as part of longer term projects.  The idea is to introduce creative writing as a skill that anyone can develop and at Fighting Words, students have the opportunity to hone their skills.
 
When a class comes to Fighting Words for a workshop, they spend the first part of the time working together as a group. We start with role play and dialogue, creating a story with ideas generated by the class. In the second half of the workshop, every student writes individually, either working on the group story or creating something completely new. All students work in small groups with our trained and vetted volunteer tutors.

Write Club

“The first rule of Write Club is - you do not talk about Write Club. The second rule of Write Club is - you DO talk about Write Club.”

Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at Fighting Words are set aside for Write Club.

Write Club is a time and space for 13-18 year olds to come and work on their own pieces of writing.

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