EVENT RECAP

2014 Highlights

2014: A retreat is born!

The first ever Iceland Writers Retreat hosted over 60 delegates from around the world. Highlights included a reception hosted by the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at Bessastaðir, a reception hosted by the Canadian Embassy, a day-long Golden Circle trip guided by a prominent Icelandic historian and featuring lectures and informal talks by contemporary Icelandic authors, and a pub night with music performed by Lay Low.

FEATURED AUTHORS

2014 Speakers

Andrew Evans

National Geographic Traveler digital nomad
Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks

Pulitzer Prize winner
Gerður Kristný

Gerður Kristný

Icelandic Literature Award winner
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Historian, Writer
Iain Reid

Iain Reid

Award winning author
James Scudamore

James Scudamore

Man Booker Prize nominee
Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden

Giller Prize winner
Randy Boyagoda

Randy Boyagoda

Ryerson University professor
Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler

Travel writer
Sjón

Sjón

Nordic Council Literary Prize winner
Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

New Yorker staff writer

2014 Workshops

21:40 - 21:40
“I remember the only time I ever saw my mother cry. I was eating apricot pie,” wrote Joe Brainard in his classic book “I Remember.” For Marcel Proust it was the madeleine cookie, for Tony So
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The use of direct speech is the yeast of non-fiction. Using handouts to illustrate what works (and what doesn’t), the workshop explores the best ways to use dialogue in travel writing and biograph
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What makes a travel book work? I want to use this session to explore the basic premise of any travel narrative book - it must be about something. It must have a pattern in its carpet. A linear descr
21:40 - 21:40
In this workshop we will try to unleash the creative energy of yearning for home. Graham Greene said that 'a writer's childhood is the bank at which, later in life, he will cash his creative cheques
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Hemingway said ‘the first draft of anything is shit’, and it’s undeniable that the second draft is where we begin to comprehend what we’re writing (insofar as we ever will), and begin to sha
21:40 - 21:40
How reading fiction and non-fiction can sharpen and shape your own voice.
21:40 - 21:40

A different kind of memoir

How the undramatic is a story too.
21:40 - 21:40
From journalist to novelist and what one craft does for, and to, the other.
Note: There is a very short assignment required as preparation for this workshop.
21:40 - 21:40
Tempo, Tone, Color, Themes, Words, and All That Jazz
21:40 - 21:40
How to balance work, writing, family, and everything else.
21:40 - 21:40
Training Your Ear and Eye to Find Telling Details
21:40 - 21:40
Capturing Authenticity and Making Your Narrator Come Alive With Voice. A Journey Through Point of View.
21:40 - 21:40

Creating a Strong Sense of Place

Good writing transports the reader to another place—How does the author best accomplish this? How do we paint vivid scenes and create memorable physical
21:40 - 21:40
Hemingway famously said to write about what you know, and for many writers,their family lives and family histories form a rich and complex body of knowledge. That said, writing about your family carr
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The Unexpected Adventure of Writing

Travel writing may be a genre, but what of the voyage of writing—where does your journey begin and where does it take you? How do journeys, both physi
21:40 - 21:40
Hearing the Unheard in Historical Fiction
Note: There is a very short assignment required as preparation for this workshop.
21:40 - 21:40
Do you remember the third page of a great novel? No. You remember the first page, the opening sentences, the excitement of knowing you're about to begin a great journey into a newly-imagined world,

Iceland Writers Retreat 2018

April 11-15, 2018

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$120

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