The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Award winners have been announced, and IWR alumni Megan Ross has won in the fiction category! They said of her work: “A study of intimacy and companionship set in Thailand and South Africa, a reflection on love and language, on foreknowledge and inevitability, “Farang” is wrought in visual prose so lyrical and controlled it moves like a spring.”
Ross was the winner of IWR’s first-ever Alumni Award, and attended the Retreat in 2016. Read about her experience here, and if you are interested in following in her footsteps, you have until next week to apply for the Alumni Award for 2018’s Retreat!
Sara Letourneau is a poet and speculative fiction writer from Massachusetts, USA. This is her story.
Writers are notorious introverts. We’re wonderful in our own heads but sometimes face challenges socializing in groups. So what happens when you put 120 writers together for a four-day writing conference? The answer: the international whirlwind that was the fourth annual Iceland Writers Retreat.
When I was asked to write about Iceland for the IWR, I didn’t know what to say. I’d applied in late 2016, sceptical of my chances, and somehow won a bursary. Continue reading
Several weeks have passed after the retreat, I am back at home in Nairobi. I have just remembered my body, though I am still tired. It’s only now I have gathered the energy to continue writing of my experience in Iceland, but I can’t do the diary thing anymore. It feels off.
9:31 am, I am shirtless, the cold from the opened window biting into my skin. I am seated at Hotel Reykjavík Natura, Room 405 on the fourth floor, typing this diary on my computer, which is placed on a brown table facing a huge rectangular mirror.
Christer Magnusson has lived in Iceland for many years, but attended the Iceland Writers Retreat for the first time this year. This is his story.
Akvile Buitvydaite was a recipient of a partial Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award. This is her story.
Kimmery Martin has shared her experiences about the Iceland Writers Retreat on her blog. She writes that the event had “an invigorating cosmopolitan feel,” thanks to participants who attended from 20 countries. The story has many interesting photographs and practical information on travelling in Iceland, whether for the IWR or not.
You can read the full story on Kimmery’s website.
Victor Yang was one of four recipients of the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award in 2017. This is the story of his experience at the IWR.