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IWR 2021 Online
The 2021 Iceland Writers Retreat and Iceland Readers Retreat will be virtual, allowing you to take part from anywhere in the world, either live or later a time convenient to you. Stay tuned for details about:
- Live, interactive workshops with many of our most highly reviewed faculty of the previous seven years.
- Q&A panel(s) for the opportunity to ask your favourite writers about what you’ve always wanted to know.
- A virtual “book club” with authors discussing some of their own works.
- Iceland at your doorstep: Panels, readings and fun events that showcase literary Iceland.
We’ll share more specific details with you in January, including the price and how to sign up.
If you have a chance to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, leap at it roaring.”– Lauren Groff, National Book Award nominee and 2018 faculty
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IWR participants take part in an exclusive full-day outing into the Icelandic countryside, in addition to a literary walking tour of Reykjavík (the latter is for all participants). IRR participants attend two unique all-day tours. All the day tours are led by and feature contemporary Icelandic writers, and include a stop and reading at Gljúfrasteinn, the former home of Nobel Prize winning author Halldór Laxness.
Literary-themed Golden Circle Tour
A unique variation on Iceland’s most popular excursion that includes stops at Geyser geothermal fields, Gullfoss waterfall, and the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), as well as a visit to Iceland’s ancient seat of learning, Skálholt. All IWR and IRR can take this tour.
This trip travels west to the Borgarfjörður region, setting of the famous Egil’s Saga, as well as numerous other Icelandic sagas. We’ll circle the picturesque Hvalfjörður “Whale” fjord and visit the cultural centre Reykholt, where chieftain and writer Snorri Sturluson lived in the 13th century. Natural wonders on this tour include Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver, and the waterfalls Barnafoss (“Children’s Falls”) and Hraunfossar (“Lava Falls”). Update for 2021: Either this tour or the next one will be available to IRR participants. Details will be confirmed later in 2020.
Geology, Ecology, and Literary Inspiration
This trip begins near geological wonders in the Reykjanes peninsula, including the spectacular Lake Kleifarvatn (made famous in Arnaldur Indriðason’s novel The Draining Lake) and the Krýsuvík geothermal area. We’ll also have a reading at the Strandakirkja Church, a visit to the Sólheimar Eco Village, and a stop at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa to sample some delicious rye bread baked in the hot geothermal ground. Update for 2021: Either this tour or the one above will be available to IRR participants. Details will be confirmed later in 2020.
Reykjavik Literary Walking Tour
During the retreat, all participants are also invited to join a literary walking tour of Reykjavik, organized by the UNESCO City of Literature.
Ritlistarnámskeiðið Iceland Writers Retreat verður haldið í sjöunda sinn dagana 28. apríl – 2. maí, 2021. Í þetta sinn verður námskeiðið stafrænt á netinu. Á námskeiðinu gefst rithöfundum og fólki sem hefur bók í bígerð kostur á að taka þátt í námskeiðum og vinnustofum sem þaulreyndir höfundar og ritstjórar sjá um. Námskeiðið verður á ensku.
Auk námskeiða og vinnustofa fá ráðstefnugestir að kynnast hinum ríka bókmenntaarfi Íslendinga í gegnum kynningar af ýmsu tagi.
Iceland Writers Retreat er ætlað að höfða til erlendra gesta sem vilja æfa sig í skrifum og kynnast um leið sögu, menningu og náttúrufegurð Íslands. Heimafólk getur líka skráð sig á námskeiðið.
Ég held að IWR sé mikill hvalreki fyrir íslenska bókmenningu. Leiðbeinendur á heimsmælikvarða ásamt þáttakendum færa heim fjölbreytt og góð áhrif.”–Andri Snær Magnason