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

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

New York Times bestselling author
Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason

Icelandic Literary Prize winner
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
Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul

The New York Times Book Review editor
Priya Basil

Priya Basil

Commonwealth Writers' Prize nominee
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

How waterfalls and the Iceland Writers Retreat restored one writer’s faith in her craft
Jun15

How waterfalls and the Iceland Writers Retreat restored one writer’s faith in her craft

Sara Letourneau is a poet and speculative fiction writer from Massachusetts, USA. This is her story.

A “transformative” experience: IWR Alumni Award winner Nathan Ramsden’s story
Jun7

A “transformative” experience: IWR Alumni Award winner Nathan Ramsden’s story

When I was asked to write about Iceland for the IWR, I didn’t know what to say. I’d applied in

Alumni Award Winner Peter Ngila’s IWR Experience: Part II
May27

Alumni Award Winner Peter Ngila’s IWR Experience: Part II

Several weeks have passed after the retreat, I am back at home in Nairobi. I have just

Alumni Award Winner Peter Ngila’s IWR Experience: Part I
May25

Alumni Award Winner Peter Ngila’s IWR Experience: Part I

9:31 am, I am shirtless, the cold from the opened window biting into my skin. I am seated at

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