Registration for the fifth Iceland Writers Retreat (11-15 April, 2018) is going very well. Remember that anyone is welcome to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, but spots fill on a first come, first served basis. You can register via our website.
We're pleased to announce that once again our generous alumni and friends have contributed enough to be able to offer at least two Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Awards to attend our event next April. You can find out all the details on who is eligible and how to applyhere. Please remember that competition is fierce for these awards and review all of our rules and guidelines carefully. You can apply until October 31.
We will also be running a writing competition again. We'll open that at the beginning of October and details will be available at that time.
We will be offering a new, unique tour during the IWR next April: The Geology, Ecology, and Literary Inspiration trip begins near geological wonders in the Reykjanes peninsula, including the spectacular Lake Kleifarvatn (made famous in Arnaldur Indriðason’s novel The Draining Lake) and the Krýsuvík geothermal area. We’ll also have a reading at the Strandakirkja Church, a visit to the Sólheimar Eco Village, and a stop at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa to sample some delicious rye bread baked in the hot geothermal ground.
All IWR participants are able to choose between three all-day, literary-themed tours. Details of the Literary Golden Circle, and Literary Borgarfjörður, are already on our website and the third tour's description will be there soon. All tours are led by a local author and include a stop and reading at Gljúfrasteinn, the former home of Nobel Prize winning author Halldór Laxness.
IWR will be on the road again this autumn. Co-Founder Eliza Reid will be speaking in New York (September 30) and Toronto (mid-November) as part of the Taste of Iceland festivals. Everyone is welcome to attend these free talks. We'll keep you posted on more events as they are finalized. All the best,
Eliza & Erica
Iceland Writers Retreat Founders