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MoLI and The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary 2022

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Are you between 15 and 17 years old and would you love to be a writer some day? Or, are you already one? Applications are now open for the Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary 2022.


The Museum of Literature, Ireland (MoLI) offers an annual five-day, immersive, blended learning programme to 15 talented students around Ireland. This year’s Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary will take place from 18 July – 22 July 2022.


Throughout the programme, participants are mentored through a creative writing project by one of Ireland’s leading writers and meet with publishers, authors, literature academics and fellow writing enthusiasts. This year’s mentor is Colm Keegan, an award winning writer and poet from Dublin. His first book “Don’t Go There” was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. His latest collection “Randomer” is now available from Salmon poetry.

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 or cultural groups including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+.

MoLI are not looking for polished, finished pieces of writing, or writers with large amounts of experience. They are interested in hearing about young people, their passions and their creativity.Click here for frequently asked questions.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 14 March 2022 at 10pm.



Click here to download our information sheet and our poster.

Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary 2022 Information Session

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary is governed by MoLI’s Child Protection Policy.

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