New Call for Submissions - That One Time...

Calling all frontline workers and their children - we want to hear your stories! Fighting Words – in partnership with Fighting Words NI - is launching a project to draw together a collection of writing reflecting the experiences, thoughts and ideas...



  • Carter and the Olympic Medal

    • Carter Smith, age 7
    • Un-School Club!

    Carter and the Olympic Medal by Carter Smith


  • Growing Up

    • JJ Hollyoak
    • Youth Day, 2020

    Growing up is tough. Not in the sense that literally growing is a challenge but more so mentally. The everyday worries of who you are, who you’re going to be and who you present yourself as are all present and accounted for. At least for me.

  • “You Remind Me of a Cat”

    • Niamh Dragonetti
    • Youth Day 2020, with the Embassy of Ireland, South Africa

    It was a simple, offhand statement, brushed off casually as the conversation continued onwards. “You remind me of a cat.” How? Why? There hadn’t been a need for the statement, it meant nothing in the grand scheme of things, and yet it remained in my mind as I observed it from every angle.

Fighting Words NI is a creative writing centre for children and young people.

Since 2015 we’ve been a force for creativity in Belfast and beyond, providing over 9,000 creative writing opportunities for schools and young writers ages 6-18: that’s hundreds of Storymaking Workshops for classes of all ages, scores of Write Club meetings, and dozens of special projects – all supported by our amazing volunteer mentors. Our patrons are the acclaimed writers Glenn Patterson, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Lucy Caldwell, Paul Muldoon and Dave Eggers.

Writing in lockdown: What we’re up to right now

For the moment, the team is working from home. We miss in-person workshops too – but we’re delivering some amazing digital projects for writers of all ages, in collaboration with fellow Fighting Words centres across Ireland and other colleagues from the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centres.

Storytelling will be a big part of how we all get through this pandemic, and how we make sense of it after. Our transformative writing opportunities are more crucial than ever.

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