Close to Croke Park: A Publication from the GAA Museum & Fighting Words

Fighting Words, in partnership with the GAA Museum, is thrilled to announce the publication of Close to Croke Park.

The book is the culmination of a year-long project which began as part of the GAA Museum's programme of events to mark the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday on 21 November 2020.

Over the past year, a group of residents from the local areas surrounding Croke Park have come together to discuss Bloody Sunday as well as their memories of the stadium. With the help of Fighting Words volunteer mentors, their stories have been written down and brought to life in this new book.

Call for Submissions - Irish Times Supplement 2022!

Táimid ag glacadh le hiarratais as Béarla agus as Gaeilge.

Every year, Fighting Words publishes a magazine of exciting new writing by young people from all over Ireland with The Irish Times.

We are delighted to announce that we are now inviting submissions from secondary school students to be included in The Irish Times supplement in 2022.

Please submit pieces, notify your nearest teenager or generally get excited about it! Whichever applies to YOU.

Táimid ag glacadh le hiarratais as Béarla agus as Gaeilge. 

Call for Participants - Young Playwrights Online Workshops 2021/2022!

Young Playwrights Winter Workshops 2021/22 (online)

The objectives of these workshops are to introduce young writers to the art, craft and mechanics of playwriting. To open up the world of theatre to them. In each workshop, we will explore the art-form with a focus on character building, scene-work, dialogue, improvisations, live writing and observation exercises and stagecraft. We will set provocations during each workshop for the writers to complete in between the workshops. There will be special guests such as actors, writers, playwrights, designers and directors. We hope to develop the young writers' individual voices. Above all we hope to have a very enjoyable, playful and uplifting series of workshops on playwriting and the joy of theatre!!

Dublin Book Festival 2021

Fighting Words at the Dublin Book Festival 2021, Saturday, 13 November, 10.30am to 12.30pm


Join the Fighting Words team for a fun and interactive workshop! In the first half, we will create characters and start a story together. In the second half, you can use your imagination to finish the story yourself!

At the end of the workshop, we will publish the story on the Fighting Words website. Places are limited and booking is required.

First Fortnight 2022 at Fighting Words

As part of First Fortnightthe annual festival that raises awareness about mental health, challenges prejudice and works to end stigma, Fighting Words is hosting a workshop for young writers aged 13 - 16 years on Saturday, January 16th!

Who Am I? Who Are We? Songwriting at Fighting Words

Where: In person, hosted by Fighting Words at Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin , D01 WD53
When: Saturday, 15 January 2022
Time: 11am to 1.00pm
Age Range: 13 to 16 years
Cost: FREE

Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival 2021: Song Writing Workshops

Fighting Words is delighted to be part of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival, hosted by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders.

Songs and music have played a powerful role in human rights movements, giving a universal voice, crossing barriers and promoting unity and equality.

At these three workshops we will look at the history of these songs, and draw on these themes to create our own songs relevant for today's generation.

Fostering Creativity Through the Participatory Arts

In 2020, Dr Irene White of the Institute of Education at Dublin City University, published further research on the Fighting Words creative writing model as part of her PhD thesis.

The research finds that Fighting Words empowers children to learn creatively, with a multitude of positive impacts on wellbeing including the amplification of the teenage voice, as well as improving their efficacy, confidence, esteem and resilience.

It concludes that the Fighting Words model contributes additional, significant knowledge to three key dimensions of creativity, fostering climate(s) for creativity, processes for ‘being creative’ and enabling beneficial outcomes.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin Visits Graffiti Theatre Company - the home of Fighting Words in Cork!

On Friday, 23 July 2021, thanks to the great people at Creative Ireland, An Taoiseach paid a visit to our friends and partners at Graffiti Theatre Company  - the home of Fighting Words in Cork - to see a Fighting Words workshop in action.

The former teacher turned student for the afternoon, the Taoiseach sat in on a  creative writing workshop with members of Graffiti's Activate Juniors group, facilitated by the workshop super-team of Kel, Fiona and Marie illustrating via Zoom, developing characters and creating their own stories.

Story Seeds

Introducing Story Seeds: Springtime In The North Inner City
A collection of six stories by primary school students from the northside of Dublin

In January 2021, Sgt. Aoife Reilly of the Mountjoy Garda Community Engagement Unit approached Fighting Words with the idea of collaborating on a creative project for primary school students on the northside of Dublin. 

Following meetings with Fighting Words staff, the Story Seeds project was born: new stories to celebrate the areas where we all live, work and play. The idea was that the first school would write the first chapter of a story, the next class would write the second chapter and so on.

Fighting Words agus Áras Éanna ag Cruinniú na nÓg

Tá áthas orainn ag Fighting Words Chonamara a bheith ag obair le hÁras Éanna ar thogra speisialta do Chruinniú na nÓg 2021. Tá Áras Éanna 21 bliain ar an bhfód i mbliana agus mar chuid den cheiliúradh beidh muid ag obair le daltaí as Scoil Náisiúnta Chaomháin, Inis Oirr.

Ar an Mháirt, 1 Meitheamh, beidh na daltaí ag cruthú scéalta bunaithe ar an oileán le foireann Fighting Words.  Beidh an dara ceardlann acu ansin, áit a  mbeidh siad ag obair le stiúrthóir ealaíne Áras Éanna, an t-ealaíontóir Dara McGee, chun íomhánna a chruthú bunaithe ar a gcuid scéalta nua-scríofa.

Fighting Words Summer Camps 2021

Registrations Are Now Closed.

Parents will be advised of places by Monday, 21 June

Schedule and Information for Parents

We are delighted to announce the schedule of FREE summer camps at Fighting Words for 2021!

Camps this year will be offered to two age groups: 11-13 years and 14-17 years. All camps run from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm and are completely free of charge. Our camps are highly participatory and a lot of fun. Come explore your creativity with us this summer!

Introducing The 100 Years Project!

What was life like for children and young people on the island of Ireland a hundred years ago?

The focus of the project is on the social and cultural aspects of children’s lives over a century, and how they compare to life now.

The Fighting Words 100 Years Creative Writing Project will see participating primary and secondary schools from across the island partake in joint workshops, where stories and ideas can be shared. The project will be delivered in Irish and English, and will see children and young people from a variety of backgrounds encouraged to bring their own rich and diverse histories, stories and cultural traditions to this initiative.

A Small Collection of Wonder: Stories from Stasis

Launched on Tuesday, 18th May 2021

During this tough year a remarkable group of young authors from Colaiste Mhuire, Cabra, came together once a week to create, invent and write. Joined online and supported remotely by Fighting Words mentors they tirelessly worked on their pieces and pulled together a fantastic, inspiring collection. 

The anthology was launched onTuesday, 18 May 2021 by Sheila O'Flanagan who also wrote the foreword.

From the foreword:


Please be advised that no one is authorised to raise funds for Fighting Words on the street anywhere in Ireland.

Fighting Words has been contacted regarding a purported on-street fundraiser operating in Dublin.

Please be advised that no one is authorised to raise funds for Fighting Words on the street anywhere in Ireland.

We are grateful to everyone who has contacted us about this matter and for the support of the community.

We ask anyone affected by this fraudulent fundraiser to DM us as soon as possible to assist in the Garda investigation. Thank you. #writetoright

Young Playwrights – On Stage Online!

In recent weeks, Fighting Words has livestreamed plays by 17 young playwrights from around Ireland on Zoom.

Fighting Words is committed to the development of young playwrights in collaboration with theatres across the island of Ireland.

Young Playwrights 2020-2021

This year's Fighting Words Young Playwrights Programme was delivered online between November 2020 and March 2021. The six workshops culminated in the performance of ten wonderful new short plays by young playwrights from across the island.

Céard a Chónaíonn i do Shamhlaíocht? - Scéalta Faoi Ainmhithe Scríofa ag Údair Óga!

I mí Eanáir 2021, thug muid cuireadh do scríbhneoirí aois 7-12 bliain scéal faoi ainmhí a insint dúinn- fíor-ainmhí nó ainmhí samhailteach. Fuair muid os cionn 120 scéal, dán agus léaráid!

Sa gceiliúradh seo ar an gcruthaitheacht, tá na scéalta AR FAD ó scríbhneoirí óga na tíre foilsithe anseo againn, eagraithe de réir aois

Transition Year 2021-2022 - Now Accepting Applications!

If you are interested in working with children and/or the creative arts, a Transition Year work experience placement is a great learning opportunity and a lot of fun!

  • Places available in Dublin and Wicklow centres only on a first come first serve basis

  • All placements subject to Government public health advice at the time of placements

  • All students over age 16 are legally required to be Garda vetted by their school

For full details and to apply, click here!

Five Is No Limit - It's Here!

In January 2021, Fighting Words invited writers aged 12 to 212 to explore the world around them and share their creative responses with us.

The response was tremendous and we are delighted to share it here. 

Based on the 5km limit that people in the Republic were living with as part of the Government's Level 5 restrictions due to Covid-19, writers interpreted 5x5 as:

Níl Aon Teorainn le Cúig - Tá sé anseo!

I mí Eanáir 2021, d'iarr Fighting Words ar scríbhneoirí ó 12 go 212 bliain d'aois fáil amach faoi domhan mórthimpeall orthu agus a gcuid smaointí agus freagairtí cruthaitheacha a roinnt linn.

D'éirigh thar cionn leis an togra agus tá an-ríméad orainn é a roinnt libh anseo.

Mar chuid de shrianta Leibhéal 5 an Rialtais de bharr Covid-19, ní raibh cead ag daoine i bPoblacht na hÉireann dul taobh amuigh de theorainn 5km ó bhaile. Bhí bealaí éagsúla ag scríbhneoirí ciall a bhaint as 5x5:

The Art of Divergence

DCU's Neurodivergent Society Creative Collection

For eighteen months, Fighting Words mentors have worked with writers from the DCU Neurodivergent Society, engaging with them online at regular writing sessions.

We are delighted to launch a collection of their work: The Art of Divergence - DCU's Neurodivergent Society Creative Collection.

The launch event on 25 March 2021 is the presentation of work created with the Neurodivergent Society as part of DCU’s autism friendly initiative.  

Cathleen Young Announced as Inaugural Fighting Words Writing Fellow with Queen's University Belfast

Fighting Words Northern Ireland and Fighting Words are delighted to welcome Cathleen Young as our inaugural Fighting Words Writing Fellow in association with The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University Belfast. 

Cathleen comes to us by way of the HUMANITAS Prize in Hollywood, California where she was the Executive Director from 2007-2021. She is an award-winning television writer as well as a children’s author. 

Right To Love

On Wednesday 3rd February 2021, Fighting Words volunteer mentors worked with students from the Trinity Access Programme Linked Secondary Schools in multiple disciplines to create original stories, songs, poems and some short plays. 

This project was done in association with Freiraum. Freiraum is a Europe-wide project initiated by the Goethe-Institut in 2017 that deals with the current state of freedom in Europe. The local Freiraum project in Dublin focuses on economic inequality and the resulting limits of freedom. 

Fighting Words Northern Ireland Appoints New Director!

Fighting Words is delighted to share the news that Fighting Words Northern Ireland, the creative writing network for children and young people, has announced the appointment of Hilary Copeland as Director on 8 February 2021.

Ms Copeland will take up the role in March 2021. She is currently Deputy Director at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, having joined the team as Acting Director in July 2019. She has worked in literature and arts management since 2008, delivering expertise across business management, strategic planning, creative programming and event delivery for festivals, arts and theatre companies and nonprofits in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.

Creative Writing Group for Educators

Thank you for your interest in joining this writers circle for educators. The current group is now FULL. Please keep an eye on the website for future groups like this one.

Are You A Teacher or Trainee Teacher Interested in Creative Writing?

Whether it comes from a love of words, a story that needs telling, a quest for personal clarity, or the wish to honour our days by recording something of them, the longing to write is worth heeding.

Are you a teacher or student teacher who is interested in writing? Would you like some company for this stage of your writing journey?  If so, this may be the group for you.