Escape. Learn. Explore. Create.

Reykjavik, 9-13 April 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

Join us April 9-13, 2014 in Reykjavik for the Iceland Writers Retreat. You're invited to participate in a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers. The 2014 retreat will be loosely focused on the theme of travel and journeys.

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The retreat will be based out of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, a recently renovated, modern four-star hotel next to a popular wooded area, just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and five minutes from a geothermal beach.

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.

Our workshops will be led by published writers from around the world whose works feature a theme of travel or journeys. These include Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, Scotiabank Giller prize winner Joseph Boyden, Ryerson University professor and author Randy Boyagoda, National Geographic's Digital Nomad Andrew Evans, award-winning memoirist Iain Reid, acclaimed travel writer Sara Wheeler, and Man Booker Prize nominee James Scudamore. Local authors giving readings or lectures during the retreat include Sjón, Ragna Sigurðardóttir, and Einar Kárason.

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