Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Iceland Writers Retreat booth at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington DC this weekend. This was the first time we’ve attended this incredible event and we were thrilled to be able to meet so many interesting people and tell them about the Iceland Writers Retreat and our fabulous 2017 faculty. We had so much fun and even met some of our great IWR alumni! This year’s AWP was a massive success with over 12,000 people in attendance and around 800 exhibitors, with lots of lovely books, of course. Apart from our popular IWR bookmarks and flyers, and the wealth of literature on Iceland provided by Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature, the Icelandic Literature Center, and Iceland Naturally, all those who stopped by our booth got to sample some delicious OMNOM chocolate from Iceland and could pick up some handy notebooks and pens from Icelandair.
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For the third year in a row, we have partnered with Iceland Travel to run a competition to win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat. This year’s theme was “Iceland — Regard The Moon” and we received over 350 submissions from the around the world.
The winner of the competition is Heidi Ball from the UK, with her story “White Light”. Continue reading
“It’s an event for everyone who enjoys writing, not just for published authors“, say’s Eliza Reid, co-founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat in her recent interview for Frjáls Verslun, Iceland’s leading business magazine. The two-page story, which lists the Iceland Writers Retreat as one of their top 100 most interesting start-ups, details the event’s story from inception to first reception in 2014, and highlights how the program, with its compelling combination of workshops led by well-known authors and literary-themed adventures into the Icelandic countryside, has been attracting new groups of visitors from all over the world and helping to establish Iceland as a great destination for those who love writing and literature.
Iceland Writers Retreat Co-Founder Eliza Reid will be in Toronto soon talking about why Iceland is a great destination for people who love writing and literature. Continue reading
Join us the evening of September 28th to celebrate the acclaimed author Sjon’s visit to Washington, the Iceland Writers Retreat, and the rich literary traditions of Iceland. After Sjon reads at 7pm from his latest work at Politics and Prose, we’ll head next door to Bucks Fishing and Camping to continue the conversation, raise a glass, and talk more about writing and Iceland. We hope to see you then.
Refreshments sponsored by the Embassy of Iceland and the Iceland WritersRetreat.
Please help us spread the word and feel free to invite others with an interest in Iceland and writing!
The third annual Iceland Writers Retreat kicks off next week, and if you are in Iceland from April 13th-17th, you will have the opportunity to attend three free public events during the retreat.
-On Tuesday, April 12th at 8pm (GMT), the 2016 IWR faculty will be giving a public reading at the iconic Nordic House near the University of Iceland. The event will be live-streamed; you can tune in by clicking on this link. If you would like to attend the event in person, please note that seating is limited, so be sure to arrive on time. You can find more information about the reading here.
-On Thursday, April 14th, in cooperation with the Creative Writing Department at University of Iceland and the UNESCO City of Literature, Kevin Larimer—the Editor-in-Chief of Poets & Writers, the largest nonprofit organization serving poets and literary fiction writers in the United States—will present a talk about how to become a published author through a variety of outlets, from literary magazines to book publishers. The talk, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the University of Iceland at 1pm. More information about this lecture can be found here.
-At 5:30pm on Thursday, April 14th, the Iceland Writers Retreat, in conjunction with the Toronto-based International Festival of Authors and Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature, will be hosting a public reading with acclaimed Canadian authors Helen Humphreys and Joseph Kertes, as well as the retreat’s Canadian faculty Miriam Toews, Vincent Lam, and Andrew Westoll. The event will be held at the Hafnarhús branch of the Reykjavík Art Museum, and all are welcome to join. You can find further details about the reading here.
These events promise to be both enriching and enlightening to all who attend. We hope to see you there!