What we do

Fighting Words is a creative writing organisation established in 2009 by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in Dublin. Our aim is to help students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. All programmes are free of charge and offered in locations all over Ireland.

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Fighting Words provides free programming in creative writing in all its forms to children, young people and adults with additional needs.

We offer a wide range of workshops, all of which are designed to promote creativity and writing as a fun and powerful means of self-expression. 

Our programmes have been developed by our staff and experienced practitioners in all forms of creative writing and are delivered by our team of volunteer writing mentors, who are all trained in child protection and Garda vetted. 

Find out more about our FREE workshops and other programmes:

Primary School Class

Primary Schools

Fighting Words offers free creative writing workshops to primary schools. Our workshops are highly interactive and fun, with lots of ways for students to contribute.

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Secondary Schools

Fighting Words programmes for secondary schools range from one-off workshops to longer-term projects, suitable for 1st year through 6th year. 

We also offer Transition Year work experience placements in Dublin and Wicklow.

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Summer Camps

Information for Parents

Looking for information about how to support your young writer?

We have videos to watch, guidelines about how to submit your child's wriiting and information about Write Club, our online community of teen writers.

Fighting Words also offers free summer camps in July and August focus on a different form of creative writing each week for kids from age 8 to 17 at our centre in Dublin. The schedule changes each year but all our camps are led by experienced practitioners in areas ranging from playwriting to novels to graphic fiction and more. 

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Workshops for Adults

Fighting Words works with groups of adults as well - from older people to people with disabilities and more. Workshops are tailored for each group and can focus on poetry, memoir, short stories and more.

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Workshops for Youth Groups

Fighting Words offers after school programmes for youth groups to help them explore their own imaginations through creative writing. Workshops can be one-off sessions or a series of sessions, tailored to your group.

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