Belfast Harbour supports new creative writing workshops for teenagers

Fighting Words, Belfast Harbour, Skainos, Duncairn
Geraldine Wilkins, Fighting Words; Callisto Stephenson; Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour; and Lily Williamson.

Belfast Harbour is helping to fund a programme of after-school creative writing workshops for teenagers, which are being run by Fighting Words Belfast, a non-profit organisation based in Belfast.

The workshops, which started earlier this year, are taking place each week across north and east Belfast and will run until the end of the year.

The aim of the workshops is to encourage students aged 14 and over to write stories and to develop their creative writing skills.  The teenagers will set out on a story-writing journey with trained volunteers who will help them to gain the confidence they need to write by themselves.  At the end of the programme, all participants will leave as published writers with their own illustrated storybook.

The workshops are taking place in community centres including Skainos in east Belfast and Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts in north Belfast.

Geraldine Wilkins, Development Officer of Fighting Words Belfast said:

“The support from Belfast Harbour is enabling us to train more volunteers, which means we have more resources to help our young people develop their writing skills.

“We were inspired by our sister organisation Fighting Words Dublin, which has run similar workshops and which had a fantastic impact on the young participants.”

Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour’s Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager said:

“At Belfast Harbour, we are drawn to projects that develop the skills of young people and create a fun learning environment.

“I visited the workshops and I could see how much these young people were benefiting from these creative spaces. We are delighted to support this project.”