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Would You Help Kids Develop Their Creative Writing?

Through some emails with Eli Horowitz, editor of McSweeney’s, found out about Fighting Words, the Irish answer to 826. I’ve been a bit obsessed with 826 today – it’s the idea of contributing something genuinely useful, and developing how much I’ve enjoyed teaching undergrads this year. And connecting with the McSweeney’s idea of audience participation and encouraging people to make their own art.

Something to talk about at Bookcamp – a London project inspired by 826, where schoolkids come to play with words and storytelling, and generate their own perspectives on the world they live in, with some advice and nudging from people who know about literature.

What better way to nurture the next generation of readers (and writers)??

“The Fighting Words fieldtrips and workshops are created and run by volunteers. The volunteers include professional writers – novelists, screen-writers, journalists, poets – aspiring writers, student teachers from DCU and all the Dublin colleges of education, retired teachers and many more people who are just keen to be involved in creative work.”

Or maybe I’ll just move to Dublin?


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