Writing Workshops &
Cultural Tours in Iceland

Registration is now open for the 2022 Iceland Writers Retreat & Iceland Readers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland! Click here to register.

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.

The Iceland Readers Retreat will run concurrently to the IWR. Featuring New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik (in 2022), the IRR is an event for avid readers to delve into the oeuvre of an internationally recognized author, as well as the extensive literary traditions and heritage of Iceland.

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  • "Absolutely superb in every way."

    Rozalind Dineen, Features Editor at the Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

  • "Quite possibly the world's most special creative writing course."

    Travel writer Rory Maclean, 2018 faculty

  • "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, 2019 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 three exclusive full-day outings into the Icelandic countryside.  All day tours are led by and feature contemporary Icelandic writers. (All participants can attend one all-day tour.)

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, Read & Write” option that includes two group dinners, an open mike night, and the option of an additional two 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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FEATURED AUTHORS:
We will add additional authors as they are confirmed.

Faculty

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna

Commonwealth Writers' Prize winner
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Bestselling author of "The Nest"
Dan Kois

Dan Kois

Editor at Slate
David Chariandy

David Chariandy

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner
Elnathan John

Elnathan John

Betty Trask Award Winner
Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

New York Times bestselling author
Heather Harpham

Heather Harpham

Writer, teacher and theatre artist
Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir

Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir

Award-winning writer
Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale

Sunday Times best-selling author
Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson

Giller Prize Winner
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Internationally bestselling author
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Dec1

The Start of My Career as an Author: IWR interview with Alexander Weinstein

Alexander Weinstein made a number of connections at the 2016 Iceland Writers Retreat,

New book by IWR Co-Founder Eliza Reid released on Feb 8, 2022
Nov18

New book by IWR Co-Founder Eliza Reid released on Feb 8, 2022

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Oct29

A Broad Talent Pool, Refreshing Ideas, and an Excuse to Visit Iceland: IWR Talks with Author Jeanne Blasberg

IWR spoke with author Jeanne Blasberg about the highlights of the 2017 retreat, the workshops

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Oct14

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A Once in A Lifetime Experience This is possibly the most compelling reason to come to Iceland.

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Sep27

From a Surprise Gift to a Book Contract: A Profile of IWR Alum and Accomplished Author Mara Rutherford

Mara Rutherford attended the 2015 Iceland Writers Retreat. Since then, she’s published three

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Sep15

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