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Writing Workshops Iceland 2023

Writing Workshops Iceland 2023 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 during the Summer Solstice in June every year.


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

Halló! Applications for our June 2023 workshop are now open!

Workshop Dates: June 19th - 24th, 2023




Though our admissions process is competitive and the quality of writing high, all interested writers are encouraged to apply by February 15th, 2023.

Workshop Faculty:

Nonfiction Instructor Isaac Fitzgerald is the New York Times bestselling author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts (winner of a New England Book Award). He appears frequently on The Today Show and is also the author of the bestselling children’s book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Guardian, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on his next book, American Dionysus, forthcoming from Knopf.

Fiction Instructor Amber Sparks is the author of four collections of short fiction, including And I Do Not Forgive You: Revenges and other Stories and The Unfinished World, and her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, The Cut and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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
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 - Friday
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
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

**Final Schedules for 2023 Session I & Session II are Forthcoming**


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 pickup and drop off from the airport to our hotel.
  • 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.

2-Day Golden Circle Add-On

2-Day Golden Circle Add-On

For those interested in extending their stay in Iceland we are offering a two-day add-on after the writing workshop concludes. We will stay at Hotel Geysir in Iceland's "Golden Circle." The cost of the add-on is an additional $1,495, which includes lodging for two nights at Hotel Geysir as well as transportation to the hotel and back to the airport or Central Reykjavik at the end of the trip. Breakfast at Hotel Geysier is included in the price of the trip extension. However, the cost of lunch and dinner are not included.

Hotel Geysir is family-run hotel on the doorstop of the geothermal area in the historic Haukadalur valley and is designed with the aim to reflect nature through the choice of materials blending into the nearest surroundings. One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland is the great Geysir, which the hotel is named after, and it is an indescribable spectacle. Nearby is another famous geyser, Strokkur – watch as it spurts water 30 meters into the air every few minutes. As well as geysers, there are hot springs, including the stunning turquoise-coloured Belsi.

2-Day Golden Circle Add-On Activities

Saturday, June 24th
-Breakfast at Hotel Kruines starts at 7:00 a.m.
-Depart from Hotel Kruines at 8:30 a.m.
-Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland's most photographed waterfall.
-Lunch at Friðheimar Farm.
-Check in at Hotel Geysir.
-Strokkur Geysir and Great Geysir, the earliest documented geyser in European literature and source of the English word "Geyser." After seeing the geysers we will hike through the Haukadalur Valley where we will see many smaller geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pots.
-Dinner at Efstidalur II.
Sunday, June 25th
-Breakfast at Hotel Geysir starts at 8:00 a.m.
-Depart from Hotel Geysir at 9:00 a.m.
-Visit the Town of Skálholt, considered by some as Iceland’s first town, and home of the Skálholt Cathedral.
-Visit the Ecovillage of Sólheimar.
-Visit Kerið Crater, a colorful volcanic crater forming a complete oval with a small lake at the bottom.
-Lunch at Kaffi Krús in the town of Selfoss.
-Hike through the Reykjadalur Valley to the Reykjadalur Hot River. This slow-moving river is fed by geothermal springs and keeps a temperature of roughly 100 degrees year round, so it's a great place to take a dip.  
-Dinner at Hotel Geysir restaurant.
Monday, June 26th
-Depart Hotel Geysir and drop people off at the airport or Central Reykjavik.
-Exact departure times will depend on individual flight times.

Our Retreat Testimonials

"Writing Workshops Paris was an unforgettable, dare I say, 'life-changing' experience for me. I was astounded by the quality of instruction, the expertise of the staff, and the talent of my fellow participants. I learned so much during the workshop and made memories that will influence my writing for years to come. I would recommend it to anyone." -Emily N.

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

"The workshop exceeded my expectations. The communication was excellent leading up to it, and Writing Workshops was on top of every detail. The nonfiction workshops was incredibly instructive and helpful, and I feel I learned a lot. The hotel was in a wonderful section of Paris, and the evening activities brought us closer as a group. The whole experience was life-changing (without sounding overly dramatic) and gratifying." -Ethan J.

"I am a published novelist, critic and journalist and taking a nonfiction workshop was really out of my comfort zone. I knew I'd learn something and become a better writer because of it, but I honestly didn't think I'd do anything with creative nonfiction beyond this week. Thanks to Chloe and my wonderful, encouraging cohort, I have changed my mind and am going to pursue creative nonfiction alongside my other writing endeavors. And of course, Paris is a positively dreamy place to write, walk, eat, drink and get inspired!" -Lauren W.

"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.

"Writing Workshops in Paris was so amazing! Getting to spend all week working on essays and then by evening exploring the city on foot or bicycle?! Iconic! Loved getting to meet fellow writers, work with established literary stars, and the reading on the Seine was the perfect farewell! Highly recommend to anyone who is looking to write and explore Paris!" -Emily V.

"I’ve been to a number of workshops in my writing career, and this one was by far the most inspiring! Not only was it right in the middle of literary Paris, but it attracted a diverse and wonderful group of writers. More than the city, their encouragement  and critiques gave me such confidence in my work. I hope to take them, and Paris, along for many stories and novels to come. -Sage M."

"Writing Workshops Paris absolutely made my summer! Both the staff and the participants were lovely, and all of the workshops, seminars, and optional activities were well-planned and well-executed.It was the perfect Parisian vacation, but with a slew of great suggestions on how to improve my writing for publication, and the added take away of what I feel will be lifelong friends and professional connections. I cannot overstate how much fun I had, and I'm returning home inspired and eager to apply all of the feedback I received to my work". - Becky R.

"Writing Workshops Paris was the ultimate vehicle for me to realize my dream of finally seeing Paris, while re-igniting my passion for writing and connecting me with such a wonderful new writing community!" -Dhana M.

"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.

"Immersion into the artistic Parisian culture with a small community of like-minded aspiring writers was nothing short of inspirational. How wonderful it was to escape the ordinary, explore the extraordinary, and revel in the craft of writing --for the sheer joy of it--in the heart of beautiful Paris." -Estee C.

"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.

"WWP was the first workshop I attended. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on my book-in-progress from both Diana and my new writing community! Merci, merci." -Christina K.

"Writing Workshops Paris was my first professional workshop,and it won't be my last! Aside from the magic of being in Paris, which cannot be understated, the amazing people I met were the best part of the week. I left with unexpected friendships that I will have for life,and a fresh motivation to finish my novel. My approach to my writing has been invigorated and my motivation renewed, and I feel connected to this amazing community of writers in a way I never expected. What an amazing week of inspiration and history, great writing and incredible people. Thank you so much for a life-changing week!" -Kerrin S.

"Chloe, I want to thank you again for such a wonderful workshop. I really appreciated the time and skillset you brought as a facilitator and am very grateful for your feedback on my work, as well as recommended resources." -Brenna K.

"The Paris workshop was inspirational.  The setting was liberating as a writer, and leadership was always in good humor, organized and helpful.  The feedback has given me a good direction  for my work." -Janice H.


Program Staff

Executive Director Blake Kimzey worked as a bicycle tour guide in Paris in his 20s. He is the founder of WritingWorkshops.com and has an MFA from UC Irvine. Blake sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and his fiction has been broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Redivider, Short Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, and The Best Small Fictions. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, was published by Black Lawrence Press.

Operations Director Mike Franz was General Manager and Tour Guide at Fat Tire Bike Tours, Paris, for seven years. His tours were featured on Rick Steves-Paris, The Independent-UK, and the television show 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Mike taught government, economics, and public speaking for ten years at Headwaters High School in Austin, Texas, where he won teacher-of-the-year award after his first year of teaching.


Workshop Application & FAQ


What is the application deadline?

Applications for our June 2023 Iceland Workshop ARE NOW OPEN and will close on February 15th, 2023. Due to volume, early applications are encouraged.

What is your COVID policy?

It is the responsibility of attendees of Writing Workshops Iceland 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 19th - 24th, 2023, 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 2023 Iceland Workshops ARE NOW OPEN and will close on February 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 ten 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. There will be no refunds after tuition is paid. We have this refund policy because the balance of our hotel deposit and all group expenses are due and are also nonrefundable.

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 pickup and drop off from the airport to our hotel.
  • 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 15th, 2023.

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.

Please contact us and we’ll reply promptly.


Optional Two-Day Golden Circle Add-On FAQ


Can I bring someone else along on the add-on trip?

Yes, the add-on is open to friends/partners of anyone attending the Writing Workshop.

If I bring a second person along on the add-on trip and we share a room at Hotel Geysir, can we get a discount?

Yes, please let us know if you are interested in doing this and we can provide price and room details.

Can I bring my entire family along on the add-on trip?

Yes. Please let us know if you are interested in doing this and we can provide price and room details.

How much does the Optional 2-Day Iceland Trip Extension Cost?

The cost of the 2-day add-on excursion is an additional $1,495, which includes two nights stay at Hotel Geysir as well as transportation to the hotel and back to the airport or Central Reykjavik at the end of the trip. Breakfast at Hotel Geysier is included in the price of the trip extension. However, the cost of lunch and dinner are not included.

Can I attend the add-on even if I don't attend the Writing Workshop?

No, the add-on is only open to attendees of the Writing Workshop and their guests.

I have a question not answered here.

Please contact us and we’ll reply promptly.