The Iceland Writers Retreat welcomes one Social Media and Marketing Intern each year. This intern helps maintain social media and promote the various aspects of the Iceland Writers Retreat. This year’s intern is Adriana Sgromo.
IWR: How did you become an intern for the Iceland Writers Retreat?
Adriana: I am a Master’s student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I applied for this position through my program, Literatures of Modernity, to fulfill a practicum requirement. I jumped on the opportunity as soon as I heard about it; it was too amazing to pass up!
IWR: How do you feel about being involved with the Iceland Writers Retreat?
Adriana: I am very excited about being involved, but it feels very surreal at the same time. I have loved to write for as long as I can remember. Working behind-the-scenes is amazing because I get to tap into international writing communities. I get to tell other writers about this amazing opportunity. Participating in the Retreat next April will be a dream come true because I never thought I would have the chance to meet, much less engage with, so many successful writers. I am hoping some of their brilliance and talent will rub off on me by the end of the event.
IWR: What do you like to write?
Adriana: Poetry is my first and foremost love. To me, poetry is what the mind knows and what the body feels. I also wrote short stories for children’s workbooks at my job before I returned to school. As a student, however, academic writing has become more of a priority than creative writing. I think that is why Iceland Writers Retreat is so important—it carves out time to be inspired and to write. I don’t feel like myself if I haven’t written in awhile but it’s hard to make time for writing when there are so many other things to do, like laundry (which I personally don’t find inspiring at all).
IWR: If you weren’t a student/intern right now, what would you be doing?
Adriana: I would either be travelling or wishing that I were travelling. I get antsy if I am in the same spot for too long. I love to learn, and travelling is great way to do that. I have wanted to go to Iceland for a long time. I had no idea that Reykjavik has such a colourful literary tradition but that just goes to show how much more I will be able to learn and experience once I am there. I can’t wait to absorb all the city has to offer—including some heat from the geothermal activity!