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Culture Night 2017

We are delighted to be offering free creative workshops for adults at St Patrick's Hospital on Culture Night - Friday, 22 September.

No need to book - tea and coffee provided!

When: Friday, 22 September
Where: St Patrick's Hospital, Dublin (directions found here) - very close to Heuston Luas stop
Times: 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Fighting Words is a Gaisce Challenge Partner!

Fighting Words is delighted to announce that we are now a Challenge Partner with Gaisce - The President's Award!

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages young people to find their passion, get active and make a difference in their communities. Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential.

Event Day Dún Laoghaire

As part of the National Museum of Childhood Event Day, we invite participants aged 14-17 to explore childhood past, present, and future in a Fighting Words creative writing workshop. As part of this workshop, participants will visit an exhibition of photos and stories related to childhood in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire. This visit will act as inspiration and starting point for the creative writing workshop that follows.

Fighting Words 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 at a variety of locations, as well as the chance to get involved in the running of an NGO.

 

Fighting Words & the FAI- Invitation to Submit Stories, 13-15 Years

Fighting Words is teaming up with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and we want children to write stories that are somehow football related - even if only a little bit.

We hope over the coming months and years to involve Ireland players and coaches in story writing workshops with children. 

First off, we’re inviting 13–15 year old girls and boys to write a story about a fictional character who joins the squad.

Summer Camps 2017

Applications for our 2017 summer camps have now closed. Regrettably, due to demand, we are unable to accept late applications.

If you have applied for a place for your child and a place becomes available due to a cancellation, the place will be allocated by lottery from the names on the wait list and parents will be contacted as soon as possible. 

We are delighted to announce the schedule of FREE summer camps at Fighting Words for 2017! This year, we are running a variety of summer programmes at our centre in Dublin and two filmmaking camps for teens in Glencree, Co. Wicklow.

Our camps are highly participatory and a lot of fun. Come explore your creativity with us this summer!

​What's the Stories? launched

What's the Stories? was launched on Wednsday 17th May 2017.

Nineteen transition year students from the school have been visiting Fighting Words each Thursday, since September, to work on their short stories.

They drafted, redrafted, edited and completed the stories with encouragement from Fighting Words volunteers.

Bealtaine Festival 2017

Fighting Words is once again hosting workshops as part of the Bealtaine Festival, the month-long nationwide festival that celebrates creativity as we age.

This year, we have partnered with the Intergenerational Learning Programme at Dublin City University to bring together older people and children to create new stories.

Fourth class girls from Our Lady of Victories Girls National School participated in two workshops, the first at DCU on April 28th and the second at Fighting Words on May 5th.  

5 Lamps Arts Festival at Fighting Words: Story Writing Workshop - Saturday, April 1st

Fighting Words is delighted to be part of the 2017 5 Lamps Arts 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!

You can find out more about the Five Lamps Arts Festival here.

Places are limited and booking is required.  Please find the booking form here

Penguin Random House Ireland launches major new partnership with Fighting Words

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.

Fighting Words Is Seeking An Intern!

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.

Dublin In The Coming Times: Teen Workshops This November and December!

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."

Punkey the Monkey arrives in Belfast

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.

Latest Brown Bag and Fighting Words collaboration

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.

 

Table Quiz

Date: Thursday, 23 June 2016
Time:  7pm
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!

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