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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  • "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 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 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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2018 Faculty

Adania Shibli

Adania Shibli

Award winning author and teacher
Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason

Icelandic Literary Prize winner
Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson

Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee
Gwendoline Riley

Gwendoline Riley

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction nominee (2017)
Hallgrímur Helgason

Hallgrímur Helgason

Icelandic Literary Prize winner
Hilton Als

Hilton Als

Pulitzer Prize winner
Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff

National Book Award finalist
Lina Wolff

Lina Wolff

August Prize winner
Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul

The New York Times Book Review editor
Rory Maclean

Rory Maclean

Bestselling travel writer
Susan Shreve

Susan Shreve

Guggenheim Award winner
Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis

Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour winner

Past Faculty

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News & Events

Record number of applications for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Nov1

Record number of applications for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

The deadline to apply for the third Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award has now passed. We

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

Nov21

Iceland Writers Retreat in BusinessWorld India!

BusinessWorld India has published their Luxury 2017 edition and named Iceland Writers Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat at Taste of Iceland Toronto
Nov3

Iceland Writers Retreat at Taste of Iceland Toronto

Iceland Writers Retreat co-founder Eliza Reid and author, journalist, and 2016 IWR

Record number of applications for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Nov1

Record number of applications for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

The deadline to apply for the third Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award has now passed. We

IWR alumni wins Brittle Paper Literary Award
Oct31

IWR alumni wins Brittle Paper Literary Award

The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Award winners have been announced, and IWR alumni Megan Ross

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

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award: Applications now accepted!
Sep1

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award: Applications now accepted!

The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support

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