Iceland Writers Retreat is getting closer

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The fifth installation of the Iceland Writers Retreat will again be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 11-14, 2018. This year has another exciting list of international authors and writing professionals participating.

Icelandic authors like Jón Gnarr (former Reykjavik mayor), Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (international bestselling crime fiction writer), and Sigurbjörg Thrastardóttir (author and poet) are just a few surprises lined up for those attending the upcoming retreat. In addition, Linda Wolff, August Prize winner; Lauren Groff, National Book Award finalist; and Hilton Als, New York Times staff writer; will serve as faculty workshop leaders. Alice Hoffman, Rory Maclean, Adania Shibli, Priya Basil, Susan Shreve, Craig Davidson, Andri Snær Magnason, Terry Fallis, Pamela Paul, and Gwendoline Riley make up the remaining faculty. All are accomplished writers who look forward to sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Attendees can select from 24 different workshops that tackles everything a writer might need to unlock their own powerful and impactful manuscripts. Check out the full description of workshop options. Anyone who has a love of writing can participate.

The Sydney Morning Herald regards the retreat as one of the world’s best writers’ retreats. Having it in Reykjavik makes sense. The city is the world’s first non-native English speaking UNESCO City of Literature, and is heavily known for its literary tradition. A person is likely to find more statues and buildings dedicated to Icelandic authors than political figures.

Another workshop leader is Hallgrímur Helgason. Prior to the retreat he will be participating in a U.S. book tour promoting the English translation of his novel Woman at 1,000 Degrees. He will be at Harvard Book Store (Cambridge/Boston) January 16th, Politics & Prose (Washington, DC) January 17th, and McNally Jackson (New York City) January 18th.

And when participants aren’t attending sessions Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir will again serve as tour guide, as all will have a chance to view some of the many wonderful attractions in Iceland.

And if that isn’t special enough, one of the retreat’s co-founders, Eliza Reid, will be attending the Catalyst Conference (part of the Spectra Festival) in Aberdeen, Scotland.

It’s advised to register soon because space goes quickly.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to stay up to date with news about the group; you can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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