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Edna O'Brien - Young Writers Bursary


Do you know any young people 15 to 17 years of age with an interest in words, stories and writing? We are writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity from MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland.


We are now accepting applications for the Edna O'Brien Young Writers Bursary. This is a five-day, blended writing programme including a residential stay at UCD Student Residences for 15 talented young people from around the island of Ireland. If selected, from 17th – 21st July, 2023, they will be mentored through a creative writing project by one of Ireland’s leading writers, as well as meeting with publishers, authors, literature academics and fellow writing enthusiasts. This year’s mentor is Jessica Traynor, an award-winning poet, essayist, librettist, and poetry editor.


We would love to receive applications from young people you know and work with. We are not looking for polished, finished pieces of writing, or writers with large amounts of experience. We are interested in hearing about them, their passion and their creativity.


The Edna O'Brien Young Writers Bursary welcomes applications from young writers from all over Ireland, and actively encourages applications from a diversity of ethnic and/or cultural groups including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+.


Entry is simple, with an easy online application that doesn’t cost anything.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 7th March at 10pm.





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