Our workshops are free and open to all schools.
They are available online or in-person in our east Belfast workshop space in the Skainos Centre.
Workshops last two hours and take place on weekday mornings or afternoons. Each workshop can accommodate up to 30 students. Schools are welcome to book multiple workshops – please make one booking per class group.
At Fighting Words NI, we welcome post-primary school groups to our online workshop space to create new and original pieces of writing. We believe that everyone has the ability to be creative and our mission is to support young people in becoming the authors of their own lives.
Creativity is encouraged, courage is celebrated and there’s no such thing as a bad idea
Our workshops incorporate creative collaboration, group decision-making and active listening. We aim to give every student the confidence to write in their own voice, to make decisions for themselves and to enjoy the process of creative writing.
Throughout the workshop, our volunteers provide support and encouragement to enable every participant to have an enjoyable experience.
What kind of workshops are available?
There are two options to choose from:
- Creative-writing workshop: beginning from a blank page, your students will explore the essential elements of a story, creating original characters, setting and realistic dialogue as the basis for an original piece of writing.
- Time-travel workshop: using the theme of time travel, your students will use their imaginations, personal histories and historical facts to creatively connect with life 100 years ago and 100 years from now. This workshop is available throughout the academic year 2021/22 and is best suited to Years 8, 9 and 10.
What does a workshop look like?
Guided by our volunteer facilitator, the group discusses different types of stories and methods of storytelling. They create characters, a setting and dialogue which forms the basis of the story they will write.
The beginning of the story is guided by the facilitator and typed up by our volunteer scribe. The process is relaxed and organic and the focus is on creating an engaging storyline with diverse and original characters. Once a first draft has been created, the story is read aloud and students are invited to suggest edits.
Once the start of the story has been created collectively, students are given the task of continuing the story by themselves. The beginning of the story remains visible on the screen and our team of mentors are available to offer advice and a reader's ear. Students write at their desks with paper and ink and can speak to our mentors at any time.
We finish the workshop by asking for a few students to share what they’ve written. The story doesn’t need to be complete – there is no word count to be reached. Our mentors give specific praise and feedback to each writer. Finally, the beginning of the story from the first part of the workshop is published on our website.
What do I need to participate in an online workshop?
A computer or laptop with a microphone, speakers and camera.
An internet connection and ability to open Zoom (or another platform if you prefer).
A classroom screen for us to be projected onto.
Paper and pens.
Your students - enthusiastic, reluctant and everything in between!
How do I book a workshop?
Choose a date and time that suits your schedule and book via our Calendly calendar:
Please note that start times and duration are flexible and we will do our best to accommodate your timetable.
If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing email@example.com