On March 7th, our class attended ‘Fighting Words’ writing workshop in Dublin. 'Fighting Words' was an initiative set up by renowned Irish author Roddy Doyle with the aim of encouraging young children to become more interested and involved in the writing process. During the workshop the children were treated in many ways as professional writers. They had an opportunity to engage with the creation of a story from the perspective of author, illustrator, editor and publisher. The writing workshop built on content we had covered during literacy lessons in school. The workshop facilitators discussed the important elements of story writing- the creation of believable characters, developing a plot, sequencing events in a story to include a clear beginning, middle and end, and finally, choosing an appropriate title. The class worked with a course facilitator to create their main character and story opening. A professional illustrator was also on hand to bring the children’s story to life through art! After that, the children were given time to write their own ending to the story and create some illustrations. The children then presented their work to a (slightly intimidating) editor, who was very surprised to discover that second class girls were capable of creating such an amazing story. He was delighted with their work and so decided to publish the girls’ story! The first part of their story was printed in hard copy and was also made available to read on FightingWords.ie. The children also received a hard copy of their story so far. They will be adding to this as they re-draft and edit their own story endings in class. The children, teacher and parents had a productive and memorable day at ‘Fighting Words’. There may be some future authors, editors, publishers and illustrators in second class. In any case, the girls certainly proved that they can use some fighting words!