Like Iceland, Writing & Sjon?

Like Iceland, Writing & Sjon?


Join us the evening of September 28th to celebrate the acclaimed author Sjon’s visit to Washington, the Iceland Writers Retreat, and the rich literary traditions of Iceland. After Sjon reads at 7pm from his latest work at Politics and Prose, we’ll head next door to Bucks Fishing and Camping to continue the conversation, raise a glass, and talk more about writing and Iceland. We hope to see you then.

Refreshments sponsored by the Embassy of Iceland and the Iceland WritersRetreat.…/sj-n-moonstone-boy-who-neve…

Please help us spread the word and feel free to invite others with an interest in Iceland and writing!

Poets & Writers editor, Kevin Larimer highly recommends the Iceland Writers Retreat!

Poets & Writers editor, Kevin Larimer highly recommends the Iceland Writers Retreat!

Kevin Larimer reminisces about his visit to Iceland in his editorial for Poets & Writers, with some wonderful words of praise for the Iceland Writers Retreat: “It’s by far the most geographically diverse—so beautiful yet stunningly bizarre—place I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. And Eliza Reid and Erica Green’s program is an ideal occasion to make the trip, as it combines a compelling lineup of lectures, workshops, and readings with opportunities to explore the country’s incredible geothermal pools, geysers, glaciers, and lava fields.” Read more about his trip in Editor’s Note: The Lunatic Dialogues.

Win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat!

Win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat!
We’ve partnered with Iceland Travel to offer one person a free spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat in April 2017.  The winner will receive the full retreat package, including a free hotel stay, tours, most meals, and all workshops for the duration of the event, from 5 to 9 April.*
This contest has now closed. The winner will be announced on December 15.

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Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award: Applications now accepted!

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award: Applications now accepted!

The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2017. The deadline for applications for the 2017 award has now passed. We will announce the winner on 1 December, 2017. 

Who can apply

Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 5, 2017 is eligible to apply. The winning candidate(s) must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award.* Candidates do not need to be professional writers, but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts. Their writing interests should fit well with the faculty for the 2017 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir).

Family members of the judges and those who have already attended the IWR are not eligible to apply.*

What does it cover?

Entrants can apply for either full or partial funding. Full funding covers all participation in the Iceland Writers Retreat, as detailed on our website (including accommodation). The scholarship also includes round-trip flights to Iceland.

Partial funding covers the participant fee only, and neither accommodation nor round trip flights.

The award does not include airport transfers, travel insurance, travel visas (if applicable), other incidentals or meals not listed in the itinerary, or the Relax & Write extension.

How will the recipients be chosen?

The recipients will be chosen based primarily on two factors: a) The potential s/he demonstrates (or has demonstrated) as a writer and b) his/her need for financial support to be able to attend. We will also evaluate based on the other questions in the application, so make sure to tell us about yourself and why you think you’d be the perfect match for the Iceland Writers Retreat.

The applicant should also be available for media interviews before and during the Retreat, and be able to explain how s/he would help to share their experience with others after the fact. This may include being asked to prepare a short report on their experience to be published on the IWR website.

Applications will be reviewed by a group of IWR alumni. The final decision on the award recipient will be made by the IWR Founding Directors.

Deadline for applications: Monday, 31 October, 2016. Midnight, PST. 

*If this financial stipulation does not apply to you, or if you have already attended the IWR, please consider entering our writing competition, which is open to all. We will provide details of this event soon.

Reykjavik pond ©RomanGerasymenko

About the Iceland Writers Retreat

Held for the first time in April 2014, the Iceland Writers Retreat is an event comprised of a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage. Faculty in 2017 include Sara Gruen, Nadifa Mohamed, Vilborg Davíðsdóttir, Madeleine Thien, David Lebovitz, and Meg Wolitzer. The Iceland Writers Retreat was named one of the world’s best writers’ retreats by the Sydney Morning Herald, and one of the top 10 “Events to travel for in 2014” by Four Seasons Magazine.

About the IWR Alumni Award

This is the second time the IWR Alumni Award has been granted. It is so named because it has been funded by former IWR participants. We are extremely grateful for their generosity.

The 2016 recipients of the Award were Megan Ross and April Wolfe.

IWR Alumni Award winners 2015 ©romangerasymenko

IWR Alumni Award winners 2016 ©romangerasymenko

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