Writing Workshops &
Cultural Tours in Iceland

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 2020, we are also launching the Iceland Readers Retreat, which will run concurrently to the IWR at the same locations. Featuring a prominent author, 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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  • "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 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 tours are led by and feature contemporary Icelandic writers.

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

2020 Faculty

You’ll also have a chance to meet and hear from
2020 Iceland Readers Retreat Featured Author ADAM GOPNIK
Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy

New Yorker staff writer
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
Ivana Sajko

Ivana Sajko

Chevalier Medal of Arts and Letters recipient
Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie

Women's Prize for Fiction winner
Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir

Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir

Award-winning writer
Maria Semple

Maria Semple

Bestselling author and journalist
Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale

Sunday Times best-selling author
Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson

Giller Prize Winner
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News & Events

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2020: Scholarship applications now accepted!
Sep1

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2020: Scholarship applications now accepted!

Registration is now open for the Iceland Writers Retreat. In addition to general registration,

Once Upon an Iceland
Aug16

Once Upon an Iceland

Once upon a time the Hallgrímskirkja clock struck 03:00 and, on her way to the bus that would

Successful campaign for Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Aug1

Successful campaign for Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

We did it — thanks to your support! Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful alumni and

Jul27

Fundraising for IWR’s 2020 Alumni Award

We are currently fundraising to offer an Alumni Award again in 2020. These awards are need- and

IWR on Authors Electric
Jul1

IWR on Authors Electric

Jonaki Ray is a 2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award winner, receiving a partial

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Daniel Musgrave’s Experience
Jun3

2019 Alumni Award Recipient Daniel Musgrave’s Experience

If I’m being totally honest, I certainly didn’t expect the most memorable experiences of my

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