Secondary School Programmes

Our FREE creative writing workshops for secondary school students are a great way to get your students excited about writing!

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Creative writing is a skill - one that anyone can learn, develop and enjoy.

At our Creative Writing workshops for secondary school students, we offer the opportunity to work both as a group and individually in a relaxed, supportive and creative environment.

Students are supported throughout the two-hour session by our team of trained and vetting writing mentors, who provide plenty of positive feedback and advice.

All our programmes are creative, engaging and 100% free of charge!

Workshop Structure - Group Work and Individual Writing Time

During the first part of our two-hour Creative Writing workshop, our volunteer mentors work with students to create the first half of a story together as a group with a bit of role play and improvisation. 

They work with students to identify key elements of a story, such as plot, setting, and character development, and editing as they go. 

The students then spend the rest of the session finishing the collective story individually or work on their own pieces of writing, advised and encouraged by our team. Finally, students have the opportunity to share their endings aloud.

Benefits Outside the Classroom

These workshops are not only beneficial for students’ creativity, but help develop writing skills and self-confidence, which they can take with them and apply to their daily lives outside of the classroom.

Our Team

Our workshops are run by teams of volunteer writing mentors, supervised by Fighting Words staff using our fun and interactive formats. Specialist workshops are delivered by experienced practitioners in a variety of fields, such as playwriting, graphic fiction, short stories and more.

All programming is focused on supporting children and young people to tell their own stories in their own voice and at their own pace. There is never a focus on spelling or grammar. The content is decided by the participants, with advice and guidance from the Fighting Words team.

Trained and Vetted Mentors

At Fighting Words, the safety of young people comes first. 

Our staff and all our volunteer mentors are subject to Garda vetting, interviews and reference checks. They are also required to attend training sessions in our workshop formats and child protection. 

While our mentors come from all walks of life, all of them are motivated by a love of working with children and young people in a creative environment and fostering creativity.

Philip Chambers and students

Now Open! Bookings for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Please note that places are allocated by lottery due to demand.

To be placed on the cancellation list for the current academic year contact

Click below to register your school to be in the lottery for a secondary school workshop for the 2024-2025 academic year! 

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More Information & Links

For more information, email our Programme Coordinator, Mark Davidson at, with your name and the name of your school.

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