Writing Workshops &
Cultural Tours in Iceland

The 2021 Iceland Writers Retreat and Iceland Readers Retreat will be virtual, allowing you to take part from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, either live or later at a time convenient to you. Click here for details. Registration will open around February 1, 2021.  

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.

In 2021, we are also launching the Iceland Readers Retreat, which will run concurrently to the IWR. Featuring New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik (in 2021), 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. Find out more here.

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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. (Note: In 2021 there may be fewer day tours on offer. 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

2021 Faculty

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
Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie

Women's Prize for Fiction winner
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
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Sep9

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Spotlight September

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IWR & IRR Delay due to Covid-19
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IWR & IRR Delay due to Covid-19

Following this week’s developments, that in Iceland now include a minimum 4-week ban on public

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Michelle Walshe
Feb24

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Michelle Walshe

This year is the fifth year the Iceland Writers Retreat has offered the Alumni Award. Over the

Faculty Amendment
Feb18

Faculty Amendment

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney will be leading workshops at this year’s Iceland Writers Retreat.

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Jo McClelland Phillips
Feb9

Q&A with Alumni Award Recipient Jo McClelland Phillips

This year is the fifth year the Iceland Writers Retreat has offered the Alumni Award. Over the

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