Do you like stories? Do you want to work with children and young people? Do you want to learn new skills and meet new people?

New volunteers - we need you!

Fighting Words Belfast is a creative writing project for young people from the age of 6 upwards in Northern Ireland. We are a place dedicated to writing, where young people can explore their imaginations and have fun expressing themselves.

We run free workshops for school and youth groups, during which participants work collaboratively and individually to create a piece of writing unique to them. Most workshops take place during the school day, but after-schools and occasional weekend sessions are also on offer. Volunteers give three hours of their time per workshop and spend two hours with the participants helping them create exciting new stories. 

We are looking for all sorts of people to volunteer to spend some time with children and young people. 

The roles for Fighting Words volunteers are:

  • Writing mentor 
  • Story-maker
  • Illustrator  

If you’d like to spark a young person’s imagination we’d love to hear from you. For more information, contact Marnie by e-mail on or by telephone on 028 9023 0660, or fill in our

Online volunteer application form

Next Training Session

Check out the calendar for details

Please note: no previous experience is required; ALL volunteers will be given induction and/or specialist training.

Specialist Skills

If you have specialist skills such as drawing and illustration, scriptwriting, animation, film and photography, poetry, songwriting and music, graphic design, fundraising or IT, we'd love to hear from you. If you have a skill you would like to offer, please get in touch with us by e-mail or telephone (028 9023 0660).

Existing Volunteers

Login to our events calendar to find an event to volunteer at.

Why Kelly volunteers:

Kelly McCaughrain is a volunteer writing mentor with Write Club at Duncairn. Her first novel, ‘Flying Tips for Flightless Birds’ is being published next March by Walker Books.
“When I heard about Write Club I wanted to volunteer because it’s the sort of thing I would have loved to have gone to when I was a teenager. 
It’s a place where teenagers can meet other writers and get feedback and advice if they want, but there’s no pressure to share their work and it’s not like school. They’ve written many things that just take my breath away and I think every single one of them is a WAY better writer than I was at their age!“