Archive for September 29th, 2010

Fighting Words Needs Volunteers

29th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Fighting Words, founded by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love, is a new creative writing centre open to all who want to write – and it’s free.  It is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1 – in the shadow of Croke Park.

What does Fighting Words do?
Opened in January 2009, the Centre offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings and creative writing tutoring for secondary students in the afternoons.  We have occasional workshops for adults in the evenings and at weekends and will launch a more extensive evening/weekend programme in 2010. The creative writing workshops at Fighting Words are designed by, and students are mentored by, our volunteer tutors.

What kind of opportunities do you have for volunteers?
We need writers and aspiring writers as well as anyone who just enjoys working with creativity.  Below is a list – but it’s not exhaustive:

Primary Level Tutors: Imagine that you are 6-12 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 volunteers. They work with a class of primary school students who produce a book together. There are opportunities for people who like to write stories, people who like to draw (all our books are illustrated) and people who like to work with small groups of students to encourage their creativity.

Secondary Level Tutors: Fighting Words runs workshops in all types of creative writing, e.g. short stories, script writing, poetry, journalism – to name a few – for second level students.  We need volunteers to help us run these two-hour workshops as well as providing one-to-one tutoring support to students working on individual projects. Imagine being that person who inspires and encourages young people to express themselves in ways they did not think they could.  At Fighting Words, you can.

Evenings, Weekends and Holidays:We run evening/after school and weekend creative writing workshops for students of all ages.  We also run summer schools for children and young people. We need volunteers to help us run these workshops and summer camps.

When do you need volunteers?  At what times?
Volunteering with Fighting Words is completely flexible – we use a secure online calendar so you sign up for the sessions that suit your schedule. We run programmes in the mornings and afternoons, Monday to Thursday.

We provide training for volunteers and this will run throughout the year, usually twice per month.

As many of our programmes take place during the school day, we need people who are available on weekdays. Even if you only have a few hours to spare per week or per month, we’d like to hear from you.

How can I find out more?
If you want to join us – to volunteer or take part or just to get more information, visit www.fightingwords.ie or email us on info@fightingwords.ie or ring Sara Bennett, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01 894 4576.