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
Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma

Man Booker Prize finalist
Elizabeth Renzetti

Elizabeth Renzetti

Bestselling author and journalist
Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote

Hilary Weston Roger's Trust prize nominee
Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières

Commonwealth Writers' Prize winner
Priya Basil

Priya Basil

Commonwealth Writers' 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

Farewell to IWR 2018
Apr17

Farewell to IWR 2018

Iceland Writers Retreat is done for another year! Thank you to all of our participants and

Almost Poetic Romance: IWR Alumni Winner Puja Changoiwala’s Story
Jul4

Almost Poetic Romance: IWR Alumni Winner Puja Changoiwala’s Story

Life, if you’re extremely fortunate, blesses you with a few defining experiences — journeys

Rust Soil and Literary Souls in Iceland: IWR Alumni Award Winner Fatin Abbas’ Story
May28

Rust Soil and Literary Souls in Iceland: IWR Alumni Award Winner Fatin Abbas’ Story

What you take from Iceland: soil the color of rust. Grey sky-hue of Hallgrimskirkja. Mountains

IWR 2018 Participant Janine Vici’s Story
May15

IWR 2018 Participant Janine Vici’s Story

What if I told you how brave, accomplished, and assertive I felt when I registered way back

IWR 2018 Participant Roberta Bajada’s Story
May5

IWR 2018 Participant Roberta Bajada’s Story

Throughout the years I had been hoping for an opportunity to get away from my hectic lifestyle

In Bed With Reykjavík: IWR Alumni Award winner Michael Agugom’s story
May4

In Bed With Reykjavík: IWR Alumni Award winner Michael Agugom’s story

Michael Agugom was a recipient of an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award in 2018

Better Than Paradise: IWR Alumni Award Winner Nora Shychuk’s Story
May3

Better Than Paradise: IWR Alumni Award Winner Nora Shychuk’s Story

Here is something: I am learning to be brave. This is not the same thing as learning to be

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