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The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary 2021

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary 2021

Are you between 15 and 17 years old and would you love to be a writer some day? Or, are you already one?

MoLI is offering a five-day, immersive, blended learning programme to 15 lucky students around Ireland. The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary will take place both online and onsite in MoLI from 19 to 23 July 2021 (subject to public health guidelines). 

You will be mentored through a creative writing project by one of Ireland’s leading writers – Sarah Maria Griffin – and you’ll meet with publishers, authors, literature academics and fellow writing enthusiasts. 

We are not looking for polished, finished pieces of writing, or writers with large amounts of experience. We are simply interested in hearing about you, your passion and your creativity.

Travel costs and meals will be provided for all week-long bursary attendees. Entry is easy and doesn’t cost anything. The closing date for applications is 10pm on 29 March 2021.

You will be notified of the outcome on Friday, 21 May 2021. Please note that you will be contacted via the email used when submitting your application. 

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


Sarah Maria Griffin

We are delighted to announce that the 2021 Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary Fellow is Sarah Maria Griffin. The Dublin-based writer is the author of the novels Other Words for Smoke and Spare and Found Parts, as well as a memoir (Not Lost: A Story About Leaving Home) and a collection of poetry (Follies). Listen to an interview with Sarah Maria Griffin in our NovelTeens podcast series here.

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