EVENT RECAP

2016 Highlights

2016: Northern lights!

Beneath nights with the aurora borealis glowing in the sky, our third IWR became a fully established a fixture on the Reykjavik literary scene. Attendance increased by 25%, with participants from 15 countries, meaning we had a wait-list. For 2016 we added three free, public events held during retreat, two alumni-funded scholarships, and two travel-writing contest slots. In addition to a larger faculty we added a new literary-themed day tour to Borgafjordur.

FEATURED AUTHORS

2016 Speakers

Adelle Waldman

Adelle Waldman

Bestselling author
Andrew Westoll

Andrew Westoll

Charles Taylor Prize winner
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

Lecturer, Nonfiction Writer
Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Author of Wild
Elina Hirvonen

Elina Hirvonen

Author, journalist, and filmmaker
Gerður Kristný

Gerður Kristný

Icelandic Literature Award winner
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Historian, Writer
Hallgrímur Helgason

Hallgrímur Helgason

Icelandic Literary Prize winner
Kate Williams

Kate Williams

Historian, novelist, and broadcaster
Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky

Journalist and bestselling author
Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews

Governor General’s Award winner
Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee

Man Booker Prize nominee
Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Golden Circle tour guide
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Author, Ethnologist, Journalist
Vincent Lam

Vincent Lam

Giller Prize winner

2016 Workshops

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Classical mythology and the great body of works founded on myths from the Mediterranean formed the motive reservoir of Western literature for centuries. With better knowledge of other cultures and tra
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Crime stories are not only among the most popular, but also the most versatile literary genres of our times. They elements of the crime story, such as the quest for truth or the urge to cross the boun
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Most writers try to create unique worlds and characters – and tend to repeat same themes. Many writers develop some themes because themes reflect something in ourselves and the way we see the world.
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In this workshop we will explore the ways the writers can use the real world and its people as an inspiration. The workshop consists of many short writing exercises. The goal of the exercises is to pr
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The most important line in any piece of writing is the first one. It might be the only one some readers look at, if it is not done well. If it is done well it is the portal through which everything fl
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Since I believe that all prose, fiction or nonfiction, even journalism, succeeds or fails on the strength of its story telling, I think it is worthwhile to set aside some time to reflect on stories. W
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The ghosts of our own families sometimes form our personal 'creations myths'. We gravitate towards these narratives. Such family histories have been a source of fascination, obsession, and material fo
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Whether it is the world of a prisoner of war camp, that of competitive sports, or a busy hospital, there are tightly wound realms which seem impenetrable to the out
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This will be a workshop on that most extraordinary of the foundation stones of realist fiction: individual consciousness, or interiority. How does a writer denote this? When we read something in a nov
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One of the great strengths of fiction, unsurpassed by any other form, is its capacity for building a world. How does one describe a world in all its details and density? What did Henry James mean when
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When your narrator is also the protagonist in your novel, there is greater pressure on the author to write with distinctive style, to possess a strong character voice. The first-person narrator is alw
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There are two sides to the writing life: the solitary production of personal stories with all its intimate rituals; and the business of writing—working with an agent, an editor, signing contracts, c
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Fitzgerald once said, "begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created
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What does revision mean to you? If it means, getting back someone’s notes on your manuscript and going through your document, implementing those changes—a cut there, a move here—and then reachin
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We write about our lives for many reasons: to understand, to honour, to exonerate, to entertain, to heal. But when we finally sit down to begin, we often find ourselves overwhelmed by the magnitude of
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True stories, vividly told. This is my favourite definition for creative nonfiction, a genre of literature that has consistently defied easy categorization. But while this definition is elegant and co
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We all remember our favourite beginnings of novels - they captivate us, seize us into the story. Opening lines and scenes are vital - if readers aren't gripped by the first few pages, they might give
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The historical novel is currently enjoying a renaissance. We are fascinated by the past. But how can we best capture the voices of the past? What are our responsibilities to historical fact and veraci

Iceland Writers Retreat 2018

April 11-15, 2018

Registration Opens July 2017
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Stack Entry

$120

Per Person

  • 1 Free Entrance
  • Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi




Student Pass

$99

Bulk Order

  • 20x Free Entrance
  • 20x Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi




VIP Pass

$199

VIP's only

  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi