Iceland Writers Retreat

"Extremely inspiring ... Superbly run"

Singapore Straits Times, 4 May, 2014

"For a writer, it doesn't get much better than this"

Huffington Post, 21 May, 2015

"The perfect place to discover literary inspiration"

The Daily Beast, 26 May, 2014

One of the world's best writers' retreats:

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 Sept, 2014 

*Develop your writing

*Explore wild and wonderful Iceland, the land of the sagas

*Find inspiration and time to write in an unforgettable setting

*Meet and mingle with famous authors and like-minded writers

The third annual Iceland Writers Retreat will take place in Reykjavik April 13 - 17, 2016. 

You're invited to participate in 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. We also offer an optional two-day "Relax & Write" extension (see our Event page for details), including open mike night for participants.

Our workshops are led by acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writers from around the world. The faculty in 2015 was comprised of award-winning travel writer Marcello Di CintioNew Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik, Orange Prize for Fiction winner Barbara Kingsolver, Man Booker Prize nominee Alison Pick, bestselling food writer and editor Ruth Reichl, Granta "Best Young British Author" Taiye Selasi, Nordic Council Literary Prize winner Sjón, critically acclaimed Norwegian author Linn Ullmann, and Governor General's Prize winner John Vaillant. Previous faculty include Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, Scotiabank Giller prize winner Joseph Boyden, and Man Booker Prize nominee James Scudamore. We will be announcing our 2016 faculty soon.

The local authors who delivered talks or readings in 2015 were Einar Kárason, Gerður Kristný, Jónína Leósdóttir and Andri Snær Magnason. We will announce the line-up for 2016 later this year.

The IWR is based out of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, which is next to a popular wooded area, just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and five minutes from a geothermal beach. 

The Iceland Writers Retreat is for published and aspiring authors, and anyone with an interest in writing. We have some frequently asked questions here.

Iceland Writers Retreat 2014 Highlights from Iceland Writers Retreat on Vimeo.