About Fighting Words
Fighting Words offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings, creative writing tutoring for secondary students in the afternoons as well as summer camps for children aged 8 to 17 and workshops for adults with special needs.
Fighting Words was founded in 2009 by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love to provide free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts to as many children, young adults and adults with special needs as possible. Since then the Dublin centre has gone from strength to strength, and runs workshops, seminars and camps throughout the year. Our second centre - in Glencree, Co. Wicklow - opened in September 2016.
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:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: Flexible
Hours required: 3hrs
Location of volunteering opportunity:
Fighting Words, Behan Square, 13 Russell Street, Dublin 1
Also available in these counties
Louth, Dublin - City South, Dublin - South Dublin County, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Wicklow, Meath
Screening details for this role:
- Garda Vetting
- Informal Interviews
- Application Form
Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:
- Support/ advice/ recognition
- 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
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!
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.