SHC X Fighting Words
Fighting Words NI provides creative writing opportunities for children and young people in Belfast and beyond. They run storymaking workshops, write clubs, and special publishing projects with the support of a team of volunteer writing mentors. Each year, our students are offered training to become a volunteer mentor with Fighting Words, to help the next generation of writers tell their stories.
Fighting Words Northern Ireland and Fighting Words recently welcomed Cathleen Young as their inaugural Fighting Words Writing Fellow in association with The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University Belfast.
Cathleen comes to us by way of the HUMANITAS Prize in Hollywood, California where she was the Executive Director from 2007-2021. She is an award-winning television writer as well as a children’s author. Her debut novel, The Pumpkin War, won The Christopher Award in 2020. Ms. Young starts her three-year term as Fighting Words Fellow in May 2021.
All involved look forward to working with Cathleen in developing innovative, engaging and fun writing programmes for children and young people both North and South. The Seamus Heaney Centre are keen to explore the new learning opportunities this Fellowship will open up, for students of creative writing at Queen's University Belfast.
Variety recently profiled Cathleen discussing her work and her upcoming plans for the future. Read the article here.
Fighting Words NI is a force for creativity in Belfast and beyond, providing thousands of creative writing opportunities for schools and young writers ages 6-18. Their patrons are the acclaimed writers Glenn Patterson, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Lucy Caldwell, Paul Muldoon and Dave Eggers.
They are now delivering online workshops and digital projects for writers of all ages, in collaboration with Fighting Words centres across Ireland, and colleagues from the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centres.