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.