“Every morning, brilliant new stories are written by primary schoolchildren. They are all stored in our library (the stories, not the children)”.
To read the stories and see the pictures, just click here.
Fighting Words aims to help children and young people (and adults who did not have this opportunity as children) to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills.
Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive – using creative writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.
This positively impacts on personal, social and academic development – participants have demonstrated increased levels of engagement not just with creative writing but also with the whole school experience, leading to improved motivation, confidence, self-esteem, pride in creative ability, a greater ability to work collaboratively, and improved literacy.
Since its establishment – by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in 2009 – Fighting Words has provided free tutoring, mentoring and publishing in creative writing. It has reached more than 120,000 children and young people around the country within its first decade.
Much of the service is delivered by volunteers, with over 1,000 trained volunteer tutor/mentors around the country.