Fighting Words Kerry

Fighting Words has come to Kerry!  Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel is the first centre in Kerry to take on the Fighting Words creative writing programme. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing.  We have been up and running since April 2018 and are recruiting volunteer tutors on an ongoing basis to deliver the programme.

Fighting Words Kerry Creative Writing Programme is supported through Creative Ireland Kerry in partnership with Kerry Writers Museum.

At Fighting Words Kerry we organise workshops for primary schools throughout the County. Workshops take place on the third Tuesday of every month from 10.30 am to 12 noon. The programme is most suitable for pupils from 3rd to 6th class. Our workshops are delivered free of charge and each student will take away a personalised book of their story.

We will soon be commencing secondary school creative writing workshops. If your school is interested in being involved in Fighting Words Kerry please email Cara at

Primary School Booking Form

IMPORTANT: Fighting Words Kerry workshops are now being delivered both online and in-person at Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel. Tick the relevant box on the booking form with your preference.


Fighting Words is a free creative writing programme co-founded by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in January 2009. It operates on the premise that creative writing is an essential part of every child’s education: that giving children a real dedicated chance and space to explore the limitlessness of their imaginations, does great things. The raw skills that are passed on here are some of the key ingredients for succeeding in life with marked improvements in self–‐expression, literacy, self‐esteem and self-confidence. We have no purpose other than providing opportunities to be creative for as many children as possible. To this end, we provide free workshops and programmes.

Volunteer writing tutors create and run our workshops, and are trained in child protection and Garda vetted. The volunteers include professional writers, aspiring writers, students, retired teachers and many more people who are just keen to be involved in creative work.

Read a selection of stories created by participants at Fighting Words Kerry workshops:

Supported by Creative Ireland Kerry