Iceland Writers Retreat 2020 for Writers Worldwide (Full Funding Available to Reykjavik, Iceland)


DEADLINE: 31 October, 2019

Calling all writers interested in developing their skills and contact! Apply for Iceland Writers Retreat 2020. The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat April 29 to May 3, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Full funding covers participation in the program, accommodations and round-trip flights to Iceland.

The retreat features a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s literary heritage. The main focus will be fiction and nonfiction books.

About the Iceland Writers Retreat

Held for the first time in April 2014, the Iceland Writers Retreat is an event comprised of a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage. Faculty in 2020 include Maria Semple, Kamila Shamsie, David Chariandy, Gretchen Rubin, and Ariel Levy. The Iceland Writers Retreat was named one of the world’s best writers’ retreats by the Sydney Morning Herald, and one of the top 10 “Events to travel for in 2014” by Four Seasons Magazine.

About the IWR Alumni Award

This is the fifth time the IWR Alumni Award has been granted. It is so named because it has been funded by former IWR participants.


There are scholarship slots available for those with financial need. Applicants can compete for either full or partial funding.

  • Full funding covers participation in the program, four nights accommodation at the Retreat hotel (Radisson SAS Saga Hotel), and round-trip flights to Iceland.
  • Partial funding covers only the registration fee, and neither accommodation nor round-trip flights.

Candidates must demonstrate they are unable to afford the cost of flights to Iceland and accommodation to receive full funding.


  • Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 29, 2020 is eligible to apply for an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (anyone is welcome to independently register and attend the event without a scholarship).
  • 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).


Entrants can apply for either full or partial funding.

Click here to apply.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Website of Iceland Writers Retreat