Fighting Words is a charity set up by the writer Roddy Doyle to use creative writing to strengthen children and teenagers to be resilient, resourceful, and successful shapers of their own lives.
Fighting Words NI offers free online or in person creative writing workshops and mentoring to youth groups and school groups across Northern Ireland.
In the Story-making workshops, groups of children or young people invent the beginning of a story together through a lively and engaging collaborative process. Then the new writers, with their imaginations fired up, continue their story individually with support and encouragement from Volunteer Mentors. The children have space to be creative without any pressure, to write just for fun. The workshops are a joy for the volunteers involved, and their impact on confidence and creativity lasts, especially for those children who lack confidence with literacy.
Fighting Words NI are always on the look-out for people who are passionate about helping young writers to find their creative spark, and who can help deliver the programme of school and community workshops both in person and online.