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

Our writing competition winner is announced!
Dec19

Our writing competition winner is announced!

For the third year in a row, we have partnered with Iceland Travel to run a competition to win

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Dec1

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

This year is the second year the Iceland Writers Retreat has offered the Alumni Award. This

Iceland Writers Retreat author readings hosted in conjunction with Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature
Mar19

Iceland Writers Retreat author readings hosted in conjunction with Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature

In celebration of the fourth Iceland Writers Retreat, we will are thrilled to announce that

Iceland Writers Retreat co-founder to visit Boston for Taste of Iceland event
Mar13

Iceland Writers Retreat co-founder to visit Boston for Taste of Iceland event

Iceland Writers Retreat co-founder Eliza Reid will be in Boston soon talking about

Dr. Nicole Miller read about her Iceland Writers Retreat experience at Politics & Prose
Feb28

Dr. Nicole Miller read about her Iceland Writers Retreat experience at Politics & Prose

During our recent trip to Washington D.C. to attend the annual AWP (Association of Writers

Iceland Writers Retreat at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, DC
Feb14

Iceland Writers Retreat at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, DC

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Iceland Writers Retreat booth at the 2017 AWP

Paula McLain joins 2017 faculty
Feb3

Paula McLain joins 2017 faculty

Bestselling author Paula McLain will lead workshops at the 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat in April. 

Visiting the “Island of Storytellers” with Claudia Casper
Jan27

Visiting the “Island of Storytellers” with Claudia Casper

An interview with Claudia Casper, IWR 2017 faculty Claudia Casper is a Canadian author and IWR

2017 Faculty

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Award-winning author
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
Hallgrímur Helgason

Hallgrímur Helgason

Icelandic Literary Prize winner
Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

Man Booker Prize nominee
Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

Bestselling Author
Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed

Somerset Maugham Prize winner
Oddný Eir

Oddný Eir

Award-winning author
Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse winner
Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Author of The Paris Wife & more
Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Golden Circle tour guide
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Author, Ethnologist, Journalist

Past Faculty

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$120

Per Person

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




Student Pass

$99

Bulk Order

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




VIP Pass

$199

VIP's only

  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi