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A Retreat for Writers

Join us at the Iceland Writers Retreat from April 23-27, 2025, in Reykjavík, Iceland

Enjoy Our Intimate Workshops and Lectures

  • Small-group writing workshops for all levels, led by well-known writers from around the world
  • Unique panels featuring a variety of Icelandic authors
  • All-inclusive, unique tours to experience Iceland’s inspiring nature
  • Literary walking tour of Reykjavík, a UNESCO City of Literature
  • Additional readings and panels by our faculty
  • Receptions, music, readings, meals, and so much more!

Our next program will be held April 23-27, 2025.

Check back for further details.

Accomplished authors who taught small group workshops as faculty members of the 10th Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2024

2025 Featured Authors

More Faculty to Be Announced at a Later Date

Author Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld

Bestselling author of seven novels

Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Romantic ComedyPrepAmerican Wife, Eligible and Rodham, and one story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It. Her books have been selected by The New York TimesTimeEW, and People for their “Ten Best Books of the Year” lists, picked twice for Reese Witherspoon's book club, optioned for television and film, and translated into thirty languages. Her short stories have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, and The Best American Short Stories anthology, of which she was the 2020 guest editor. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Meng Jin

Creative Capital Award winner

Meng Jin is the author of the novel Little Gods (Custom House) and the short story collection Self-Portrait with Ghost (Mariner). Her short fiction has been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prizes, and her books have been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner, PEN/Open Book Award, NYPL Young Lions Prize, and the LATimes First Fiction Prize. She is currently writing a fake memoir, for which she received a 2021 Creative Capital Award.

Jann Arden

Jann Arden

Award-winning singer and author

Jann Arden is a multi-platinum, award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and author. Arden has released 15 albums with 19 top ten singles. Her most recent album, Descendant, was released in January 2022.

Arden has written six books, the most recent being her debut novel The Bittlemores released November 7th, 2023. Her most recent memoir If I Knew Then: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging follows Arden’s 2017 Canadian best-seller, Feeding my Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss, which spent a combined 44 weeks on the Globe and Mail bestseller lists.

Arden’s accolades include 8 JUNO Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, 10 SOCAN Awards and 4 Western Canadian Music Awards to name a few. In 2021, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Arden has also been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and has been awarded the Order of Canada.

Season 3 of Arden’s CTV hit original comedy series JANN premiered in September 2021. With Arden serving as co-creator and star of the show where she plays a fictionalized version of herself, Season 1 of Jann was the most-watched new Canadian comedy series of the 2018-19 broadcast season. Other screen credits include guest appearances in Wynonna Earp (Syfy), Private Eyes (Fox), The Detour (TBS), and Workin’ Moms (Netflix).

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Winner of Sweden's August Prize

Jonas Hassen Khemiri has written six novels, seven plays, and a collection of plays and short stories. His texts have been translated into more than 35 languages, ​​and his plays are performed worldwide.

His novel One Eye Red (Ett öga rött) received the Borås Tidning Award for Best Literary Debut Novel and became the bestselling paperback in Sweden of any category in 2004. Khemiri’s second novel, Montecore: The Silence of the Tiger, was awarded the prestigious P.O. Enquist Literary Prize, won Swedish Radio’s Award for Best Novel, and was nominated for the August Award. Upon its U.S. publication by Knopf, The New York Times Book Review dubbed the novel “wondrous.” In 2012, following a terrorist bombing in central Stockholm, Khemiri published the powerful short novel I Call My Brothers (Jag ringer mina bröder) to great critical acclaim.

Everything I Don't Remember won the August Prize, Sweden’s highest literary honor. The Father Clause was longlisted for the Pen America Literary Awards and chosen as a finalist for the National Book Award.

In 2013, Khemiri’s open letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice in response to the controversial police project REVA rapidly became one of the most shared articles on social media in Swedish history. The article was translated and published in newspapers around the world, including The New York Times.

Khemiri’s bestselling 2023 novel, The Sisters, was a finalist for the August Prize.

In 2021, Khemiri moved with his family to New York City as a Cullman Fellow. He teaches creative writing at NYU.

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Kevin Chong

Giller Prize finalist

Kevin Chong is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently the novel The Double Life of Benson Yu, which was a finalist for the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a Best Book of Canadian Fiction by the CBC. His creative nonfiction and journalism have recently appeared in Time, Literary Hub, Montecristo, and the Globe and Mail. An associate professor at the UBC Okanagan, he lives in Vancouver with his family.

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