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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  • "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 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
Jón Gnarr

Jón Gnarr

Former mayor of Reykjavík
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
Sigurbjörg Thrastardóttir

Sigurbjörg Thrastardóttir

Nordic Council Literature Prize nominee
Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Golden Circle tour guide
Susan Shreve

Susan Shreve

Guggenheim Award winner
Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis

Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour winner
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Best-selling author

Past Faculty

THE BLOG

News & Events

Our writing competition winner is announced!
Dec11

Our writing competition winner is announced!

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

Four Recipients of 2018 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Dec4

Four Recipients of 2018 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

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

Faculty update
Mar22

Faculty update

We regret to announce that Hilton Als is no longer able to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat

Q&A with Michael Agugom, Alumni Award Recipient
Mar19

Q&A with Michael Agugom, Alumni Award Recipient

Thanks to a generous donation we were able to offer an additional full Iceland Writers Retreat

An Interview with IWR Alumni Catherine Wayne
Mar13

An Interview with IWR Alumni Catherine Wayne

We are profiling some faculty and alumni leading up to the 2018 Retreat. Catherine Wayne joined

An Interview with IWR Alumni Megan Herbert
Mar10

An Interview with IWR Alumni Megan Herbert

We are profiling some faculty and alumni leading up to the 2018 Retreat. Megan Herbert joined

An Interview with IWR Alumni Ian Gunn
Mar5

An Interview with IWR Alumni Ian Gunn

We are profiling some faculty and alumni leading up to the 2018 Retreat. Ian Gunn has been

Getting to Know IWR Faculty Member Adania Shibli
Mar2

Getting to Know IWR Faculty Member Adania Shibli

We are profiling some faculty and alumni leading up to the 2018 Retreat. Adania Shibli will be

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