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.

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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 from three exclusive full-day outings into the Icelandic countryside. Each tour is 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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Past Faculty

THE BLOG

News & Events

Farewell to IWR 2018
Apr17

Farewell to IWR 2018

Iceland Writers Retreat is done for another year! Thank you to all of our participants and

Win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat!
Oct2

Win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat!

We’ve once again partnered with Iceland Travel to offer one person a free spot at the Iceland

IWR 2018 Participant Janine Vici’s Story
May15

IWR 2018 Participant Janine Vici’s Story

What if I told you how brave, accomplished, and assertive I felt when I registered way back

IWR 2018 Participant Roberta Bajada’s Story
May5

IWR 2018 Participant Roberta Bajada’s Story

Throughout the years I had been hoping for an opportunity to get away from my hectic lifestyle

In Bed With Reykjavík: IWR Alumni Award winner Michael Agugom’s story
May4

In Bed With Reykjavík: IWR Alumni Award winner Michael Agugom’s story

Michael Agugom was a recipient of an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award in 2018

Better Than Paradise: IWR Alumni Award Winner Nora Shychuk’s Story
May3

Better Than Paradise: IWR Alumni Award Winner Nora Shychuk’s Story

Here is something: I am learning to be brave. This is not the same thing as learning to be

Apr27

2018 Highlights

IWR 2018 has come and gone, but as we look towards 2019 let’s revisit some highlights

Farewell to IWR 2018
Apr17

Farewell to IWR 2018

Iceland Writers Retreat is done for another year! Thank you to all of our participants and

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