2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month / 4.30-6.00pm / Zoom
What is Write Club?
Exactly what it sounds like: a club for writers. Specifically, writers aged 13-18. Pre-COVID, we met up IRL in different locations around Belfast, but now we meet on Zoom. This has its downsides (like no sharing snacks), but it also has its upsides – like writers from up the north coast (or down in Co. Down, or the wildlands of Fermanagh) can pop in without leaving the comfort of their own county.
As a member of Write Club, you’ll have access to:
- In-person and online feedback from professional writers & Fighting Words mentors
- Q&A sessions with professional writers, hosted by Fighting Words NI and our colleagues at Fighting Words in Dublin
- Publishing and performance opportunities, including the annual New Irish Writing supplement by The Irish Times
And the best bit? Everything is completely free.
Who’s it for?
For anyone aged 13-18 who loves to write or wants to spend some time writing. You don’t need to be ‘good at writing’, or have been published, or have a ready-made story in mind (although you’re welcome if any of those things are true). All you need is a curiosity, an interest or an inkling that writing is something you’d like to do.
Our members write short stories, long stories and very long stories; poems and spoken word performances; graphic and flash fiction; scripts for plays, theatre and radio; articles about life as a teen in NI. In short: any form of writing that captures your imagination. If you have the words, we have the expertise to help you hone your craft.
Write Club member Natasha Manganaro, whose poem Boxes was published in Paper Lanterns Issue Five. Natasha describes the piece as a response to “how society tries to force us into boxes based on stereotypes and how we should burst out of those and break free.”
When and where is it on?
Fortnightly meet-ups, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 4.30-6.00pm on Zoom. View the calendar to see the dates.
If Zoom calls aren’t your thing, you can use our Write Club online platform. There you can upload your writing and receive feedback from our mentors. (Writing uploaded to the platform is not publicly visible, so you can submit works-in-progress safe in the knowledge that plot twists, messy sixth drafts etc. will be seen only by Fighting Words mentors.)
How do I sign up?
Ask a parent or guardian to complete the registration form.
Once registered, members are welcome to join our online Zoom sessions. Details of Zoom sessions are sent by email ahead of each session.
To read/listen to writing by Write Club members click the links below: