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Story Illustrator

Fighting Words

About Fighting Words

Co-founded by Roddy Doyle, Fighting Words is the creative writing organisation for children and young people, with locations all around Ireland. All our programmes are free of charge and run by teams of volunteer writing tutors.

What's Involved

When Covid-19 restrictions have been fully lifted in the future, we will be recruiting again for volunteers.

Imagine that you are 7-12 years old and you enter a colourful, magical place and spend two hours writing your very own book. Fighting Words runs workshops in the mornings led by teams of volunteer writing tutors – and the illustrator is a very important role! They work with a class of primary school students who produce a book together (well, mostly together - everyone finishes it separately).

School trips with primary school children (first to sixth class) take place weekday mornings, 10am-12pm, in Dublin and Glencree. Working together with the help of the Fighting Words team, the class writes an original story, which they will see being projected up onto a big screen as they write. The children decide on the characters and plot and go through the story together sentence by sentence, editing as they go.

The story artist illustrates the story as it is being written - a cover and 1-2 illustrations included in the text.

Children then have the opportunity to write their own individual ending to the story. Throughout the session, tutors work with the children to encourage them and assist them as required. The children's work is bound and each child receives an illustrated copy of the book they have written to take home.

What's required for this position

- Ability to draw
- no professional experience required, just confidence in your own abilities
- Enjoy working with children
- Good listener

  • Arts/ Music/ Drama
  • Education/ Training
  • Personable Skills
  • Youth/ Childcare

Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Hours required: 3hrs

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Fighting Words, Behan Square, 13 Russell Street, Dublin 1

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • References
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Insurance cover

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Physical Disability
  • Mental Health Difficulties

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Volunteers will have the benefit of working with children in a creative environment. It will give them experience working with young people, may inspire their own creativity and is a lot of fun!

Getting there

Train: DART/Commuter Rail to Connolly.
Bus routes: 123 to Summerhill, 11/16/41 via Lower Drumcondra Road.
Russell Street is a continuation of Jones Road. Russell St/Jones Rd runs between Clonliffe Road and the North Circular Road.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Contact person: Sara Bennett
  • Organisation: Fighting Words
  • Email:
  • Phone: 01 894 4576
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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