Real Life| How Fighting Words is making a difference

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Nurturing a child’s creative skills is imperative but not every child is given that opportunity. The creative writing centre, Fighting Words, is giving that gift to both children and adults.

We are great for praising those that excel in school and achieve the high standards set by society. From scholarships to after-schooling activities, the focus is on encouraging and nurturing their abilities.

Obviously, this is the right thing to do. But what about those that struggle? Do they not deserve the same support mechanisms? Some children, and indeed adults, are not given the same opportunities and tools to unleash their creative side.

It is for these reasons why novelist Roddy Doyle and Sean Love created Fighting Words in 2009. Its team of volunteers provide free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts to as many children, young adults and adults with special needs as they can reach.

In seven short years, thousands of people have come through its doors to benefit from it range of programmes including storytelling workshops and summer camp.

Ninety four per cent of the organisation’s funding comes from private individuals and institutions.

Doyle attributes the success of the centre to the quality of the teaching. He is a frequent visitor, as is fellow Booker winner, Anne Enright. Other patrons include high profile literary figures such as Colum McCann, Maeve Binchy and Lorrie Moore.

Such is the demand and love for the Fighting Words model, a Belfast center was opened last year. Its volunteers also run workshops in Castlebar, Co Mayo, Dingle in Co Kerry and Clonmel in Co Tipperary.

Check out Fighting Words for more information here.