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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  • "Quite possibly the world's most special creative writing course."

    Travel writer Rory Maclean, 2018 faculty

  • "If you have a chance to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, leap at it roaring."

    Lauren Groff, National Book Award nominee and 2018 faculty

  • "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, 2018 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 three exclusive full-day outings into the Icelandic countryside. All 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 group dinners, an open mike night, and the option of an additional two 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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2019 Faculty

Additional faculty announced in the coming months
Alda Sigmundsdóttir

Alda Sigmundsdóttir

Writer, journalist and speaker
Ann Hood

Ann Hood

NYT bestselling author
Auður Jónsdóttir

Auður Jónsdóttir

Icelandic Literary Prize Winner
Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma

Man Booker Prize finalist
Dagur Hjartarson

Dagur Hjartarson

Tomas Gudmundsson Prize Winner
Elizabeth Renzetti

Elizabeth Renzetti

Bestselling author and journalist
Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote

Hilary Weston Roger's Trust prize nominee
Lina Meruane

Lina Meruane

Chilean writer and scholar
Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières

Commonwealth Writers' Prize winner
Paul Yoon

Paul Yoon

Harvard University lecturer
Priya Basil

Priya Basil

Commonwealth Writers' Prize nominee
Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson

Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson

Icelandic Literary Prize nominee
Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss

Creative Writing Prof and award-winning author
Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley

Windham Campbell prize winner

Past Faculty

THE BLOG

News & Events

Five Recipients of 2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Dec3

Five Recipients of 2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

This year is the fourth year the Iceland Writers Retreat has offered Iceland Writers Retreat

Win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat 2019!
Nov1

Win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat 2019!

We’ve once again partnered with Iceland Travel to offer one person a free spot at the Iceland

Faculty Update
Jan23

Faculty Update

Alexander Maksik is unfortunately no longer able to appear at the Iceland Writers Retreat in

2019 Writing Contest Runner-up
Jan18

2019 Writing Contest Runner-up

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

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Carien Smith
Jan15

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Carien Smith

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

Our writing competition winner is announced!
Jan14

Our writing competition winner is announced!

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

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Jonaki Ray
Jan7

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Jonaki Ray

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

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Lola Opatayo 
Dec26

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Lola Opatayo 

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

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