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.

  • "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

Our writing competition winner is announced!
Dec19

Our writing competition winner is announced!

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

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Dec1

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

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

Iceland Writers Retreat at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, DC
Feb14

Iceland Writers Retreat at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, DC

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Iceland Writers Retreat booth at the 2017 AWP

Paula McLain joins 2017 faculty
Feb3

Paula McLain joins 2017 faculty

Bestselling author Paula McLain will lead workshops at the 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat in April. 

Visiting the “Island of Storytellers” with Claudia Casper
Jan27

Visiting the “Island of Storytellers” with Claudia Casper

An interview with Claudia Casper, IWR 2017 faculty Claudia Casper is a Canadian author and IWR

Q&A with Pulitzer Prize Winner Geraldine Brooks
Jan19

Q&A with Pulitzer Prize Winner Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks—winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction—led a workshop at the inaugural

The eight things you’ll miss most about Iceland
Jan7

The eight things you’ll miss most about Iceland

Words and Photo by Elliott Brandsma. Starkly beautiful and geographically unique, Iceland is a

A Day in the Life of an Icelandic Writer: Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir
Jan5

A Day in the Life of an Icelandic Writer: Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir

The Iceland Writers Retreat asked several Icelandic authors to describe what an average day of

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
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

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  • 20x Free Entrance
  • 20x Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi




VIP Pass

$199

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  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Seating
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