Award-winning creative writing graduate Oliver Mol has won a prestigious grant through the Australia Council.
The $10,000 ArtStart grant is set to take Mr Mol back to the place that inspired his prize-winning piece, 34 Memories From Growing Up in Texas.
The young writer was co-recipient of the inaugural Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers last year for the nonfiction work, which drew on memories of his childhood and teenage years in the United States.
His first book, Lion Attack! will now be published by Scribe in May, 2015.
Mr Mol said: "I will use the Australia Council grant to develop as a novelist and immerse myself in professional networks both at home and overseas.
"I'll be going to America and attending the 2015 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and hopefully doing some readings from Lion Attack!."
Mr Mol, who completed the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at RMIT last year, grew up between America and Australia.
In his final year at RMIT, he was introduced to "sudden memoir" short nonfiction and applied that to his novel, Lion Attack!.
Lion Attack! is a high-voltage, energetic work of creative nonfiction that explores what it means to be an Australian today.
Part love story, part tragi-comedy, and part social critique, it is a coming-of-age tale with a contemporary beat.
The work was developed in his final year Major Project course within the Creative Writing degree, Victoria's most popular undergraduate program for creative writers.
Mr Mol has read creative non-fiction at the Museum of Contemporary Art and interned at The Lifted Brow.
He was also fiction editor at Voiceworks and is part of the Stilts collective based in Melbourne.
In 2012, he was the recipient of a Hot Desk Fellowship from the Wheeler Centre.
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