The Iceland Writers Retreat is an event consisting of a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage. It is one of the world’s best writers’ retreats according to the Sydney Morning Herald, and one of the top 10 “Events to travel for in 2014” by Four Seasons Magazine.
Over the course of the retreat, each participant will enroll in a total of five two-hour small-group writing workshops (max. 15 participants) led by internationally acclaimed authors, a Q&A panel with all faculty, and numerous readings and social functions. Each of the Featured Authors teaches two different workshops. Hence, the participants will have plenty of time to interact with faculty, including those with whom the participants do not have any workshops.
Participants of the Iceland Writers Retreat can apply either for a fully funded or partially funded scholarship. The scholarships are possible due to the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni’s endowment.
The fully funded Scholarship covers the Writers/authors’ participation fee, air tickets (round-trip to Iceland), accommodation as well as meals during the retreat. Participants accommodation are available at Radisson SAS Saga Hotel.
However, the partial scholarship only covers the participant’s fee.
In addition to the Writers Retreat, IWR is also holding the Readers Retreat. However, no scholarships are available for the readers’ retreat.
Iceland Writers Retreat is open for general registration (Without Scholarship) for all participants over the age of 18 years. However, in order to apply for an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, the winning candidate(s) must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award.
Candidates do not need to be professional writers but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts. Their writing interests must fit well with the faculty for the 2020 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir).
Also, the candidates should note that, family members of the judges and those who have already attended the IWR are not eligible to apply.
The online form for the 2020 Iceland Writers Retreat Scholarship is available for application. While filling out the form, the candidates should submit two writing samples. Further, the candidates should provide the answer as to why they are in need of financial assistance. The candidates should also provide two references from individuals who are acquainted with the candidate’s writing.
The candidates must submit their application for the 2020 Iceland Writers Retreat by 31 October 2019. Applications arriving after the deadline are not eligible for the Scholarship Award.