About Us

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.