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Writing Workshops Iceland 2024

Writing Workshops Iceland 2024 with Christine Pride and Chloe Caldwell brings together fiction and nonfiction writers for an intensive four days of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing. Our program is inclusive, intentionally small, and takes place in the heart of Literary Iceland, rich with history and inspiration.


Each workshop will have no more than 10 participants each. All writers will submit two completed pieces of writing. One submission will be workshopped by your cohort and instructor and a second piece will be submitted for your one-on-one meeting with your workshop leader. Daily craft talks are open to all participants and led by program staff or faculty.


Our workshops are open to writers who want to strengthen their voice, develop a greater understanding of craft, and forge a path to publication along the way. We take your writing seriously and place the highest importance on teaching the craft of writing so that students can produce meaningful and memorable work that has the opportunity to find a readership beyond the workshop. Our mission is to bring your writing out of the wilderness and into community, and we think there is no better place to do this than in Iceland in June every year (see a video reel here).

Halló! Applications for our June 2024 workshop are now open and will close on February 22nd, 2024!

Workshop Dates:


June 24th - 29th, 2024




Though our admissions process is competitive and the quality of writing high, all interested writers are encouraged to apply by February 22nd, 2024.

2024 Workshop Faculty:

Fiction Instructor Christine Pride is a writer, editor, and long-time publishing veteran. She’s held editorial posts at many different imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and Simon and Schuster. As an editor, Christine published many New York Times bestsellers and critically acclaimed books. She's also the author of the novels, written with Jo Piazza: We Are Not Like Them and You Were Always Mine (both from Atria Books).

Nonfiction Instructor Chloe Caldwell is the author of five books: the essay collections I’ll Tell You in Person and Legs Get Led Astray, and The Red Zone: A Love Story. Chloe's next book, TRYING, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2025. Her novella WOMEN will be reissued by Harper Perennial in June 2024. Chloe’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Strategist, Buzzfeed, Longreads, Vice, Nylon, Salon, Romper, The Rumpus, The Sun, Men’s Health, and half a dozen anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class.  Her essay “Hungry Ghost” was listed as Notable in 2018 Best American Non Required Reading. Learn more at Chloe's website.

Lodging at Hotel Kriunes

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at Hotel Kriunes. Overlooking Lake Ellidavatn, this 4-star hotel is located just outside of Reykjavik and only 15 minutes from the city center. The hotel is one of the best kept hideaway secrets in the city area, where we'll combine the benefits of city and country.


Class Size

Each fiction and nonfiction workshop will have no more than 10 participants each, led by the genre faculty instructor. Daily craft talks are open to all participants and led by program staff or faculty. Ahead of our arrival in Iceland, each student will submit two manuscripts. One manuscript will be critiqued in the group workshop and include letters of critique from your peers and instructor; your second manuscript will be discussed in a one-on-one conference with your instructor in Iceland.

Workshop Schedule


Monday, June 24th, 2024
4:00PM: Hotel check-in (if you arrive early you are welcome to drop off your bags at reception).
5:00PM: Meet-and-greet happy hour followed by introductory dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Tuesday, June 25th - Friday, June 28th, 2024
Mornings: Workshops and one-on-one instructor meetings.
Afternoons/Evenings: Lunch Break & free time. Optional afternoon seminar, led by faculty or staff. Optional afternoon activity and dinner.

Saturday, June 29th, 2024
11:00AM: Final check-out at Hotel Kriunes.

Optional Afternoon Activities:

Walking Tour of Central Reykjavik (Tuesday)
Get your bearings and take in the main attractions of Central Reykjavik on the Walk with a Viking Tour led by Your Friend in Reykjavik Tours. The tour lasts approximately two hours and will go rain or shine.

Visit to Öxarárfoss Waterfall and hike in Þingvellir National Park (Wednesday)

Öxarárfoss Waterfall sits on the edge of the boundary line between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and was featured in Game of Thrones. After visiting the waterfall we will take a hike through Þingvellir National Park in Iceland's "Golden Circle."

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa (Thursday)

No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to The Blue Lagoon. We will spend the afternoon swimming in the steamy, mineral-rich water that is known for its healing effects on the skin.

Cohort Readings & Farewell Dinner (Friday)

Example Workshop Schedule Detail

**Details subject to change. Final version will be sent out by May 15th, 2024.**


Workshop Tuition

Tuition is $3,495.00 and includes the following:

  • Lodging in your own room at Hotel Kriunes for 6 days, 5 nights.
  • 4-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 10 writers, led by program faculty.
  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions.
  • Several craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars.
  • One-on-one conference with faculty.
  • Free optional afternoon activities including entrance to The Blue Lagoon and walking tour of Reykjavik.
  • Free use of kayaks at Hotel Kriunes.
  • Daily breakfast is included in your tuition. However, the cost of lunch and dinner are not included in your tuition.


Iceland Testimonials

"This workshop exceed my expectations. I am a former journalist and an academic and it is sometimes hard to get out of my own head. I want to write for a wider public while still showing some of my expertise. I think the times demand it. We must care about the next person. Your workshop gave me some skills that will help me toward that end. I met some incredible writers and Isaac Fitzgerald. What to say? Not only is he an incredible writer, he is an amazing human being. I feel blessed to have met him. He's the world's biggest cheerleader/community builder and knows the craft of writing takes work but is doable." -Sharony G.

"Coming to Iceland for the Workshop helped me achieve an important breakthrough in a project I've been trying to finish. The beauty of the location, the support of the writing cohort, and the quality of the instruction made all the difference!" -Lori F.

"Writing Workshops Iceland allowed me to reconnect with myself as a writer and to be in community with others who naturally understand my love for my craft. I learned. I had fun. I grew as a writer and a person. It was a perfect experience. I can't wait for the next trip!" -Bowie R.

"If you've ever thought about taking time to focus on your writing and building your writing community, don't hesitate to consider one of these writing workshops. The community we built over the week in Iceland was incredible. I'm calling this a 'trip of a lifetime' because it truly was an unforgettable experience. I will cherish this week for years to come. I cannot wait to participate in another workshop in the future. Thank you to Mike and Blake for creating such a unique and rewarding experience." Christine G.

"Writing Workshops is the perfect balance of inspirational travel and classroom camaraderie—a wonderful option for any writer with a sense of adventure who is looking to explore their work in a group setting." Isaac F.

"The Iceland Writing Workshop is a unique opportunity to hone your craft in the company of other dedicated authors, while immersed in the beauty of this intriguing island." - Jennifer C.

"I gained encouragement, inspiration, and plenty of wonderful memories during my time in Iceland!" Brenna H.

"Do this if you are serious about writing." -Jeannette B.

"Hands down the best workshop feedback I’ve ever received. I felt so lucky to be a part of this workshop and really enjoy the friendships I forged." - Ben H.

"For me, as a yet-unpublished writer, it was a great introduction to the world of workshopping. I felt comfortable sharing my stories with this helpful, diverse and dedicated group. And even though I'm daunted by the amount of work I have ahead of me, I'm inspired to start combining my stories into a memoir--something I hadn't considered before." -Sue P.

"This workshop exceeded my expectations. The classroom critiques and instructor one-on-ones were extremely helpful, the people were wonderful, and the atmosphere was inviting. It was an experience I'm so glad I didn't miss." - Carissa C.


Program Staff

Trip Leader Crystal Franz worked as a bicycle tour guide with Fat Tire Bike Tours in Paris and Versailles. She holds an M.F.A. in theatre directing from Texas State University with a secondary focus in Shakespeare Studies. She studied and taught for two summers at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. She taught directing, acting, and Intro to Fine Arts at Texas State University, as well as middle and high school drama at Headwaters School in Austin, TX. Her productions of The Triathlete by Gus Bennett, Lightning Girl by Rita Anderson, and Mother Enough? which she wrote, all won “Best of the Week” in Frontera Fringe Festival in Austin. She was selected as a national finalist in the SDC Directing Initiative and attended the KCACTF National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where she was invited to attend the M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop. Crystal strives to live creatively and seek out new experiences. You will find her outside, globetrotting, reading a book, learning to play the violin alongside her children, making dessert - something chocolate, or scooching her dog Bonzo off her yoga mat.
Trip Leader Danielle Kimzey has an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa, where she received the Mildred Lynch Pelzer Fellowship.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the United States; she is represented by Galleri Urbane in Dallas. Recently, her work has been shown at The Painting Center in New York, The Hawn Gallery at SMU, St. Ambrose University, and the Mesquite Arts Center. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the Nemeth Art Center in Minnesota. In 2012, she was the Artist in Residence at Knox College, where she had a solo show at the Box Gallery and painted a large mural in downtown Galesburg, IL. In 2020, her design for a 30-foot-tall Living Wall in West Palm Beach, Florida, was realized at 205 Datura Street. Currently, she runs the Art Cottage Airbnb in Dallas. Danielle was a bicycle and Segway tour guide with Fat Tire Bike Tours in Nice and Paris, France. She has also worked as an art teacher to students of all ages and stages. She was the middle and high school art teacher at Cambridge School of Dallas. She taught Drawing at The University of Iowa, public art at Knox College, and Design at Texas Christian University. Currently, she teaches Art Appreciation and Painting at Dallas College. Danielle's art or writing has appeared in McSweeney's, D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters, Rust Belt Bindery, and Her Royal Majesty.


Workshop Application & FAQ


What is the application deadline?

Applications for our June 2024 Iceland Workshop open on December 18th, 2023, and will close on February 22nd, 2024. Due to volume, early applications are encouraged.

What is your COVID policy?

It is the responsibility of attendees of Writing Workshops Iceland 2024 to have the appropriate documentation required and to meet any COVID vaccination requirements implemented by the country of Iceland.

If the country of Iceland forbids entry to their country, or if Hotel Kriunes closes, for the dates of June 24th - 29th, 2024, and no comparable location in Iceland can be secured, Writing Workshops will offer a full refund for program fees. Writing Workshops will not reimburse for any airline tickets or additional trip-related expenses incurred. If the Iceland writing workshop takes place on the dates planned, no program fees will be reimbursed, regardless of attendance.

What will my application include? 

  • Brief bio informing us of your involvement in the writing and literary community, as well as any prior or forthcoming publications (500 words max).
  • Purpose statement explaining why you would like to participate in Writing Workshops Iceland. You can also discuss current manuscripts or writing projects that you might choose to workshop. (500 words max.)
  • Writing sample excerpt in fiction or nonfiction. This does not have to be published work, though that is acceptable, nor does it have to be a piece you plan to workshop. Complete works under the word count are not required; excerpts are acceptable. (Fiction/nonfiction: 2500 words max)
  • Applications for our June 2024 Iceland Workshops will open on December 15th, 2023. Early applications are encouraged.

When will I know if I've been accepted to the workshop?

We cap our workshop participation at 10 writers in each genre cohort (fiction, nonfiction) for the week. Our goal is to provide an intimate, rigorous workshop environment so that participants can come to Iceland and find meaningful connections and excellent feedback on their work. Due to the volume of applications and competitive acceptance, writers are encouraged to apply early. We employ a reading committee of professional writers and editors, and applicants will be notified after the application window closes.

How much does the Iceland Workshop cost?

Tuition is $3,495.00. If your application is accepted, full tuition is due within 14 days. Upon acceptance, you will have the option to pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm at checkout.

What is your refund policy for the workshop in Iceland?

Given the intimate nature of our destination workshops and our own, non-refundable deposit schedule as organizers, our refund policy is as follows: 

90+ days before your trip, tuition payment minus a $900 deposit is fully refundable.  

60+ days before your trip: 50% of your tuition is refundable.  

30+ days before your: 25% of your tuition is refundable.  

Less than 30 days before your trip: no refunds can be offered.

What does tuition include?

  • Lodging in your own room at Hotel Kriunes for 6 days, 5 nights.
  • 4-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 10 writers, led by program faculty.
  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions.
  • Several craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars.
  • One-on-one conference with faculty.
  • Free optional afternoon activities including entrance to The Blue Lagoon and walking tour of Reykjavik.
  • Free use of kayaks at Hotel Kriunes.
  • Daily breakfast is included in your tuition. However, the cost of lunch and dinner are not included in your tuition.

Are Payment Plans Available?

Yes. Accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.

Are Scholarships Available?

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to offer scholarships for this workshop. However, we do have payment plans available. 

Where is the hotel and workshop venue?

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at Hotel Kriunes. Overlooking Lake Ellidavatn, this 4-star hotel is located just outside of Reykjavik and only 15 minutes from the city center. The hotel is one of the best kept hideaway secrets in the city area, where we'll combine the benefits of city and country.

How late can I apply? 

We will accept applications through February 22nd, 2024.

What will you do with my email?

We respect your privacy. We won't sell or rent your email to other organizations.

I have a question not answered here.

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