News

Help a Young Person to Tell Their Stories - Volunteer with Fighting Words!

We are seeking volunteers interested in working with secondary school students in Dublin and Wicklow. Working with teens is incredibly rewarding - be a part of it!

Registered volunteers can help out any at any of our workshops, but we are particularly keen to find people interested in working with teens in Dublin and Wicklow.

Contact info@fightingwords.ie for more information or click on the link!

 

Fighting Words is a Gaisce Challenge Partner - Work Toward Your Award With Us!

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages you to get active, find your passion, be part of a team and make a difference in your community while having fun and making new friends! It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to all young people to dream big and realise your potential.  
You can rise to the Gaisce challenge by identifying which award level you want to aim for (Bronze, Silver and Gold ) and then achieving your goals across the following challenge areas:

Jonathan Swift Festival 2019 - Creative Writing Workshop

Fighting Words is delighted once again to host a workshop as part of this year's Jonathan Swift Festival!  

The workshop will start with a brief talk about the buildings of the Georgian period with Ruth Kenny, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral. We will then start a story together - who or what is behind the facade of these old buildings?  There will also be time to work individually. As always, Fighting Words writing tutors will be on hand to lend a hand.

Fighting Words at the Dublin Book Festival - Two Events!

Fighting Words is delighted to be a part of the 2019 Dublin Book Festival! We have two events at the festival this year: 

  • Story Writing Workshop, Saturday, 16 November from 10.30am to 12.30pm for 8-10 years at the Fighting Words, Dublin 1. Create a story together - but finish it yourself! Click here for information and to apply for a place! Closing date for applications is 4pm, Monday 4th November.
 

Ghost Quest - Honourable Mention at the Dublin Animation Film Festival!

We are absolutely thrilled that Ghost Quest received Honourable Mention in the Social Recognition category at the @dublinanimationfestival on Saturday 19th October! 

A huge congratulations to the young writers and illustrators who created the story and the brilliant animation team at @bouldermedia - a fantastic achievement. 

Pictured are Fighting Words Executive Director Seán Love, director Aidan McAteer and Boulder CEO Rob Cullen.

Dublin Book Festival 2019: 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, 16 November 2019
Location: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1 D01 WD53
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Age Range: 8-10 years 

Men's Shed

The Men's Shed from Marino-Fairview attended four creative workshops at Fighting Words over September and October. They wrote personal memoir stories that looked back at their various careers. They also collaborated on a fictional story called 'Just the Job'. The story is set in a typical workplace environment in Dublin in the late 1970s.

Moving Through The City - Graphic Fiction & Creative Writing at Fighting Words

Participants will imagine together a new form of public transport for Dublin city and write individual stories happening at each stop.

A graphic fiction/creative writing workshop as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation's Open House Junior Festival, young people are invited to use their imaginations to consider how we move through our environment.

  • Age: 14-17

  • Location: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1 D01 WD53

  • Time: 11.00am to 1.00pm

This workshop is free but places are limited. 

Writing for Theatre - Young Playwrights Programme at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge Co. Kildare!

Fighting Words are leading a playwriting programme at Riverbank Arts Centre that will support young writers (18-21 years) to create a new work for the stage. In a series of group workshops led by the Fighting Words team, participants will learn playwriting skills including how to write characters and structure a duologue. The writers will receive supportive feedback on their work and will be encouraged to realise their artistic vision.

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

Volunteer with Fighting Words - Locations All Over Ireland!

Co-founded by Roddy Doyle, Fighitng Words  free creative writing programmes for children and young people at locations all over Ireland. All our pogrammes are run by teams of volunteer writing tutors. Programmes vary by location.

Volunteering with Fighting Words is flexible and fun, with no minimum commitment or previous experience required. Are you interested in working with children and young people in a creative setting? Would you like to help foster creativity and imagination? Fighting Words is the place for you!

Become a volunteer for new term 2019-20

Fighting Words Kerry host Volunteer Open Information evening; Thursday 29th August 7-9pm @ Kerry Writers Museum.

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. 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. 

Workshop with Barefeet Theatre, Zambia

Barefeet Theatre company from Zambia, along with Circus Zambia were in Dublin last week for a performance of 'Empyre,' a one-night circus spectacular. Ahead of their performance, the group hosted a workshop for a group of young writers from Fighting Words. 

Over the course of the day, our young writers created a curtain raiser for the show, which included singing, dancing, musical performances and spoken word. Taking the stage before the performance of 'Empyre,' the young writers kicked the evening off with an energetic and fun filled performance, setting the scene for the electric show that followed. 

 

Create A Picture Book Workshop - 23 August, 2019

Young writers aged 5-7 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. 

Film Making Camp for 14-17 Years!

At the end of July we welcomed 18 young people to join us in dlr Lexicon Library to learn about film-making and then write, shoot and edit their own short film in groups.

We had a great four days, and while some technical difficulties did intervene on the final day to make things difficult, all of the teams can be extremely proud of what they achieved on the camp.

The films linked here are all unique pieces, made with care and passion by some very brilliant young people.

Wicklow Young Playwrights - Applications Open!

Autumn 2019 sees the start of an exciting new initiative between the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray and Fighting Words. For the first time in Wicklow, this unique collaboration is offering eight local writers between the ages of 14 and 18 years the opportunity to create their own short plays during a series of free guided workshops. The process, which includes mentorship and visits from theatre makers and artists, will culminate in the young writers’ plays being directed and performed by professionals in a one-off rehearsed reading on the stage of the Mermaid.

Fighting Words Wicklow 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 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. 

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.

Shaking Bog Graphic Fiction Pieces

"Fighting Words was delighted to be a part of the inagural Shaking Bog Festival in Wicklow. It was a fantastic two days of workshops for all ages in the stunning Glencree Valley.

The festival put out a call to local schools inviting children to submit a piece of nature writing. Every child who responded to the invitation was a winner! All of the work submitted is displayed at different venues throughout the festival on June 22-23 and you can see it here!"

Cork Young Playwrights

The Graffiti Theatre Company/Fighting Words Young Playwrights Programme showcase took place Friday, 21 June 2019  at The Everyman in Cork city - part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.

It was fantastic achievement by the eight young writers: Lilian Chan, Klaudia Kumurkiewicz, Ellie O'Connell, Kate Moore, Lily Banon, Cian Walsh, Sarah Collins and Eadaoin O'Neal.

A million thanks to the cast, mentors, directors and staff at the Everyman for a brilliant event!

Introducing Ghost Quest: Pyramid Poltergeist!

In August 2018, fifteen young people came to Fighting Words to work with staff from Boulder Media and Fighting Words volunteer tutors to create an animated short.

The kids spent a week devising the story and drawing the characters and travelled to the Boulder Media studios to record the voices.

The result is GHOST QUEST - the story of a boy called Jack, his talking shoes, his dog Buddy and his great grandmother. It is full of magic, adventure and teacakes!

Pages