EVENT RECAP

2021 Highlights

2021: A Virtual Retreat

In 2021, with the pandemic and travel bans still underway, we knew safety had to come first, but that we had to find a way to keep our precious writing community together. And so, from our homes around the globe, we gathered for the first ever virtual Iceland Writers Retreat and Iceland Readers Retreat. Some of our most dynamic former faculty joined to teach workshops to over 200 people from 26 countries. We offered thirty different workshops, across three days, which included a Q&A panel of Icelandic authors, book talks from renown authors, writing intensive workshops in both fiction and nonfiction, and more. Between classes, we offered brief informational talks, we opened up chat rooms for alumni or newcomers, and showed videos of past retreats and about Icelandic literature. Despite our distance, we found a way to unite, to write, to learn, and ultimately, to connect.

ONLINE OPTIONS

Our 2021 Faculty

 We have asked some of our most popular former instructors to reprise their workshops from their time in Iceland, or to lead an interactive “book club” style discussion.

Click on the author’s name to read their bio and find out about what they are teaching.

W= Writing workshop

B= Book-club style discussion

Q= Taking part in an author Q&A discussion

IWR 2021 Schedule

April 23: Note Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson is now teaching “The Poet’s Jacket” in slot 2 on Friday and Randy Boyagoda is now teaching “Life, Death, and Dante” in slot 3 on Saturday. This pdf will be updated shortly. Also note that there will be no chat rooms before the event begins.

All times GMT (Iceland). That's: +1 for UK / -4 for EST / -7 for PST. Schedule subject to amendments if we need to make a faculty change.

Past Faculty

Iceland Writers Retreat 2022

April 27 – May 1, 2022

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Á Íslensku

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

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