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.

In 2020, we are also launching the Iceland Readers Retreat, which will run concurrently to the IWR at the same locations. Featuring a prominent author, the IRR is an event for avid readers to delve into the oeuvre of an internationally recognized author, as well as the extensive literary traditions and heritage of Iceland. Find out more here.

Registration opens July 9

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  • "Quite possibly the world's most special creative writing course."

    Travel writer Rory Maclean, 2018 faculty

  • "If you have a chance to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, leap at it roaring."

    Lauren Groff, National Book Award nominee and 2018 faculty

  • "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, 2017, 2018 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, 2016, 2017 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 three exclusive full-day outings into the Icelandic countryside. All 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, Read & Write” option that includes two group dinners, an open mike night, and the option of an additional two 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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FEATURED AUTHORS

2020 Faculty

Elnathan John

Elnathan John

Betty Trask Award Winner
Erik Larson

Erik Larson

National Book Award finalist
Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

New York Times bestselling author
Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie

Women's Prize for Fiction winner
Maria Semple

Maria Semple

Bestselling author and journalist
Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson

Giller Prize Winner
PAST FACULTY
THE BLOG

News & Events

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Daniel Musgrave’s Experience
Jun3

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Daniel Musgrave’s Experience

If I’m being totally honest, I certainly didn’t expect the most memorable experiences of my

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Lola Opatayo’s Experience
May17

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Lola Opatayo’s Experience

What were you most looking forward to about the Retreat? I wanted to meet new people and gain

A Q&A with IWR 2019 Participant Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon
May12

A Q&A with IWR 2019 Participant Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon

How did you find out about Iceland Writers Retreat originally?  I was searching for a writing

IWR: What happened, Or, IWR 2019 Participant Rachel Weld’s Story
May9

IWR: What happened, Or, IWR 2019 Participant Rachel Weld’s Story

Here’s the thing. I was an emotionally exhausted, overstretched, under-creative workhorse,

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Jonaki Ray’s Experience
May7

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Jonaki Ray’s Experience

How did you find out about Iceland Writers Retreat originally? I found out about this retreat

A Q&A with IWR 2019 Participant Jenn Morson
May4

A Q&A with IWR 2019 Participant Jenn Morson

How did you find out about Iceland Writers Retreat originally? I want to say it was in a

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$99

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$199

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