Writing Workshops &
Cultural Tours in Iceland

Join us for a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers.

Between intimate workshops and lectures we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

  • "It was life changing ... an incredible experience"

    Kevin Larimer, Editor in Chief, Poets & Writers

  • "One of the world's best writers' retreats"

    The Sydney Morning Herald

  • "Gets better and better every year."

    Laurie, US, 2014, 2015, 2016 participant

  • "For a writer, it doesn't get much better than this"

    Huffington Post

  • "One of the most thoughtfully planned, helpful, and inspirational events ever."

    Carol, 2015 and 2016 participant

  • "The perfect place to discover literary inspiration"

    The Daily Beast

Workshops & Panels

Our workshops are led by acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writers from around the world.

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Touring

Participants can choose between two exclusive full-day outings into the Icelandic countryside. Both tours are led by and feature contemporary Icelandic writers.

Tour Options

Time to Write

Dedicated blocks of time throughout the retreat allow participants to focus on their writing. Extend your visit with the “Relax & Write” option that includes two additional nights’ accommodation.

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Music, Food, & More

Hit the streets of Reykjavik to see live music, listen to readings by local writers, dine at some of Reykjavik’s best eateries. and mingle with faculty and other participants at our Cocktail Receptions.

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THE BLOG

News & Events

Seeing new sides of Iceland: Christer Magnusson’s experience
May20

Seeing new sides of Iceland: Christer Magnusson’s experience

Christer Magnusson has lived in Iceland for many years, but attended the Iceland Writers

“Full of curiosity”: Akvile Buitvydaite’s IWR experience
May19

“Full of curiosity”: Akvile Buitvydaite’s IWR experience

Akvile Buitvydaite was a recipient of a partial Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award. This is

Kimmery Martin’s Guide to Iceland
May8

Kimmery Martin’s Guide to Iceland

Kimmery Martin has shared her experiences about the Iceland Writers Retreat on her blog. She

A glossary for the 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat*
May3

A glossary for the 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat*

Victor Yang was one of four recipients of the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award in 2017.

Five reasons to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat
May1

Five reasons to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat

DIYMFA published a list of five reasons to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, by 2017

“This is going to be an amazing week”: Iceland Writers Retreat Illustrated
Apr27

“This is going to be an amazing week”: Iceland Writers Retreat Illustrated

Writer and illustrator Megan Herbert has attended the Iceland Writers Retreat three times. In

FEATURED AUTHORS

Past Faculty

Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston

Head of Creative Dept, Harvard University
Carsten Jensen

Carsten Jensen

Olof Palme Prize winner
Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave

New York Times bestselling author

Claudia Casper

Author, IWR Alumna
David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz

Chef, Author
Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

Giller Prize Winner
Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

Man Booker Prize nominee
Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

Bestselling Author
Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed

Somerset Maugham Prize winner
Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse winner
Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Author of The Paris Wife & more
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Author, Ethnologist, Journalist

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$120

Per Person

  • 1 Free Entrance
  • Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi




Student Pass

$99

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  • 20x Free Entrance
  • 20x Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi




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$199

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  • VIP Seating
  • Custom Swags
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