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Story Illustrator


Story Illustrator

Fighting Words


At a Glance

  • Start Date:22/02/2021
  • End Date:28/05/2021
  • Closing date:28/05/2021
  • Post Updated:22/02/2021
  • Min Hours:Flexible
  • Role Type:Arts – music, drama, crafts

Requirements:Ability to draw and an interest in working with children in a creative environment


Calling All Illustrators - would you like to illustrate a story written by children?

 Fighting Words runs workshops in the mornings for primary school classes led by teams of volunteer writing mentors – and the story illustrator is a very important role! They work with a class of primary school students who produce a book together (well, mostly together – everyone finishes it separately). 

School workshops with primary school children (first to sixth class) take place on weekday morning, 10am-12pm. Working together with the help of the Fighting Words team, the class writes an original story which they see being projected up onto a big screen as they write during the first half of the workshop.  The children decide on the characters and plot and write the story together sentence by sentence, editing as they go. 

The story illustrator illustrates the story as it is being written – a cover and 1-2 illustrations included in the text. No formal art training is required. We are looking for people who like to draw and enjoy working with children.

Workshops are online for the 2020-2021 school year, so you can help out at any Fighting Words location from wherever you are!

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position which will be processed with you after you apply.

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Story Illustrators provide 2-3 illustrations for stories written by primary school children. They also provide guidance and advice to children for their own drawings.

Training and support are provided. Story illustrators are welcome to use paper and marker/crayon/pencil or digital drawing software.

Skills required for this role:

Confidence in your drawing ability but professional qualifications are not required.

 An interest in working with children in a creative environment

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Weekday mornings, Monday to Thursday, from 9.45am to 12.15pm. Fighting Words volunteers choose the days they come in using our online calendar, so there's no minimum commitment or required day once you register with us.

Minimum time commitment per week:
3 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Prospective volunteers are require to complete the Fighting Words volunteer application form, attend an informal interview, complete a two-hour training session and are subject to Garda vetting. The process is easy and staff will provide help along the way!


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Sara Bennett

Address: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1


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