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.

  • "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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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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News & Events

“A validation to writers”

“A validation to writers”

Kathryn Rishoff attended the Iceland Writers Retreat in 2015. This is her story.  I open my

Why the Iceland Writers Retreat Really is the Best in the World

Why the Iceland Writers Retreat Really is the Best in the World

IWR Alumni Award recipient Megan Ross shares with us her wonderful experience of this year’s

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2017 Faculty

Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston

Head of Creative Dept, Harvard University

Claudia Casper

Author, IWR Alumna
David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz

Chef, Author
Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

Bestselling Author
Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed

Somerset Maugham Prize winner
Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse winner
Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen

Bestselling author of Water for Elephants and others
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Author, Ethnologist, Journalist

Past Faculty

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  • Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
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  • 20x Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
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