Write Club

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Write Club is for anyone aged 13-18 who wants to be part of a community of writers. The sessions are always FREE and happen weekly in person at our beautiful Creative Writing Centre, located in Connswater Shopping Centre, East Belfast. There is also the option to join many sessions online, meaning that young people from all over Northern Ireland can share their work and make connections with each other. With publishing opportunities, showcases, and monthly Q&As with industry professionals, Write Club can help any young writer develop their craft. Alongside support to write, we also offer opportunities to discover other art forms and ways of working creatively. 

Whether you are brand new to writing or already have a project to work on, Write Club invites anyone and everyone to come along, have fun, and meet our supportive community of young creatives. 

 

As a member of Write Club, you will 

* Be joining a community of other young creatives from the North and South of Ireland

* Enjoy an exciting range of programmes and activites introducing you to new forms of creative expression, hobbies and interests

Recieve feedback and mentoring on your creative writing projects in a supported enviroment

* Have access to our gorgeous Creative Writing Centre in East Belfast - a beautiful space full of books and places to write!

* Have access to monthly Q&A sessions with industry professionals 

* Join a private platform on our website to upload your writing after write club for additional feedback from mentors

* Get priority registration for camps, courses, and special projects

* Get reading opportunities in festivals across the island, and publishing opportunities including in our zine/ phamplet publications, and the annual Fighting Words Irish Times supplement. 

Make friends and grow your confidence. 

 

Come develop your craft and grow your passion! 

 

How do I sign up?  

Take 5 minutes to fill out the REGISTRATION FORM with your parent or guardian!

After registration, members and parents will be emailed details of weekly sessions. For May and June, come down every week to enjoy our gorgeous Creative Writing Centre at Connswater Shopping Centre, East Belfast. Some sessions also have the option to join online!

 

If you have any questions about Write Club please get in touch by emailing Emma at community@fightingwords.co.uk

 

 


1st Weds of month -
In-Person Write Club

 


2nd Weds - Online on Zoom
with Kelly and Maíre


3rd Weds - Visiting Writers Q&A
On Zoom, with NI and ROI

 

4th Weds - Online again
with Kelly and Maíre


Occasional 5th Weds
Workshop or Showcase

 

 

Other projects we have offered to Write Club and newcomers, which may be available in future. Please contact community@fightingwords.co.uk to register interest.


Journalism Club
for ages 13-18


Summer camps
like True Stories


Word Warrriors
for ages 8 to 11


Pop-Up Open Workshops
Via eventbrite

To read/listen to writing by Write Club members click below:

Fighting Words NI Write Club Volunteer Mentors


Kelly McCaughrain
Kelly writes Young Adult novels, published by Walker Books. She studied creative writing at QUB and loves working with Write Club because the enthusiasm, passion, and talent of young writers always inspires her to write more and write better!
 


Maire Callaghan
I’ve always loved reading, both as a child and an adult, and as a parent reading aloud to my own children. Work life for me was in the publishing industry and I find the writing process fascinating. Write Club mentoring is a joyful experience where I can encourage and support young writers as they hone their craft. 
 


Clare Cavanagh
I was introduced to Fighting Words by the Irish Times supplement and was in awe of the creative work that was being nurtured in our younger people. I wanted to give something back. Fighting Words was exactly what I wanted to be part of. The energy is fantastic!

 


 


Siobhan
If only Write Club had been around when I was a teenager! It would have made writing less of a solitary escape from the awfulness of school. Which is why I got involved. I am originally from the US, but have been here a looooooong time; starting out as an advertising writer, but now helping people edit and develop their books.


Molly
Hi! I’m Molly, I’m an artist from Belfast and love travel and exploration. I have been a write club mentor for two years and I just love it. It’s a time and space to come together to write independently or collaboratively. Each week is something new and I really enjoy seeing such fantastically different and unique pieces of writing all stemming from the same prompt!

 


​​​Donna Hunter (She/Her)
I am a published writer with a passion for memoir and storytelling. 
I am an undergraduate in English Language and Creative Writing with The Open University.