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

IWR 2017 Workshop Reflection: “How to laugh at bad critics” with Chris Cleave
Apr19

IWR 2017 Workshop Reflection: “How to laugh at bad critics” with Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave, award-winning British novelist, was a faculty member at the fourth Iceland

Featured author David Lebovitz on Reykjavík bakeries
Apr10

Featured author David Lebovitz on Reykjavík bakeries

The fourth Iceland Writers Retreat has just come to an end. While we sift through the photos

IWR Chats with Former Faculty Member Kate Williams
Mar28

IWR Chats with Former Faculty Member Kate Williams

Last year, British novelist, broadcaster, and historian Kate Williams gave readings and hosted

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

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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Stack Entry

$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