A new creative writing project for children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Since the project launch in April 2015, Fighting Words Belfast are running FREE workshops in creative writing for children and young people in Skainos, Newtownards Road.

School and youth groups set out on a story-writing journey, working at first collaboratively and then individually to create new stories. All participants leave as published writers with their own illustrated storybook.

The project is a sister organisation of Fighting Words Dublin, inspired by 826 Valencia and part of a growing number of creative writing centres around the world. The project is supported by a partnership between Young at Art, Skainos174 Trust and Fighting Words Dublin. Its patrons are local and international writers Glenn Patterson, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby and Dave Eggers.

The project is supported by The Ireland Funds and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.

What next?

Fighting Words Belfast is looking for school and community groups and volunteers to get involved.

If you are interested in bringing a school or community group to participate in a workshop, please click here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.

To keep up to date with the project, please subscribe to Young at Art e-mail updates.

If you have any other enquiries, please contact Hannah Armstrong, Project Co-ordinator, at hannah@fightingwords.co.uk or Geraldine Wilkins, Development Officer, on geraldine@fightingwords.co.uk, or call 028 9023 0660.


  • 174 Trust

    174 Trust

    Social Justice organisation with a strong Ethos - 'building peace and promoting reconciliation' in North Belfast for 30 years...

  • FWB

    Fighting Words Belfast

    Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love.

  • Skainos

    The Skainos Project is an urban regeneration project in inner East Belfast providing shared space for community transformation and renewal.

  • Testimonials

    • "It was fun and it made me fell creative and artistic."

      "Great way to get creative and unleash young imaginations."

      "I liked that all the staff were very nice to all of us and I really enjoyed the point that we were doing creative writing. I LOVE IT."

      "I love making stories."

      "Today I had super fun and enjoyed it."