Iceland Writers Retreat

"Extremely inspiring ... Superbly run"

Singapore Straits Times, 4 May, 2014

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

Huffington Post, 21 May, 2015

"The perfect place to discover literary inspiration"

The Daily Beast, 26 May, 2014

One of the world's best writers' retreats:

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 Sept, 2014 

The fourth Iceland Writers Retreat will be held 5-9 April, 2017. Registration will open in July.


*Develop your writing

*Explore wild and wonderful Iceland, the land of the sagas

*Find inspiration and time to write in an unforgettable setting

*Meet and mingle with famous authors and like-minded writers

The following information applies to the third Iceland Writers Retreat, which was held in April 2016. We will update soon with details of 2017.

You're invited to participate in 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. We also offer a popular two-day "Relax & Write" extension (see our Event page for details), including open mike night for participants.

Our workshops are led by acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writers from around the world. Our 2016 faculty features Gerður Kristný, Elina Hirvonen, Mark Kurlansky, Vincent Lam, Neel Mukherjee, Cheryl Strayed, Miriam ToewsAdelle Waldman, Andrew Westoll, and Kate Williams

Previous faculty include Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, Orange Prize for Fiction winner Barbara Kingsolver, New Yorker staff writers Susan Orlean and Adam Gopnik, Scotiabank Giller prize winner Joseph Boyden, bestselling food writer and editor Ruth Reichl, Nordic Council Literary Prize winner Sjón, and Man Booker Prize nominee James Scudamore.

Several Icelandic authors will deliver talks and readings during the IWR, including Vilborg Davíðsdóttir, Hallgrímur Helgason, and Steinunn Sigurðardóttir.

The IWR is based out of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, which is next to a popular wooded area, just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and five minutes from a geothermal beach. 

The Iceland Writers Retreat is for published and aspiring authors, and anyone with an interest in writing. We have some frequently asked questions here.

Iceland Writers Retreat 2014 Highlights from Iceland Writers Retreat on Vimeo.