The third annual Iceland Writers Retreat begins tomorrow, Tuesday, featuring Mark Kurlansky (author of Cod and Salt) and Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild). The retreat continues through Sunday, April 17.
“We are thrilled to see the start of our third and biggest Iceland Writers Retreat,” commented Eliza Reid, IWR Co-Founder. “We are also especially pleased to be able to offer three events that are free and open to the public during this international gathering of those who love the written word.”
The event will be attended by 100 writers from over 15 countries.
The free public events offered during the retreat are as follows:
Tuesday, April 12, at 8 pm, ten writers from six countries, (including Kurlansky and Strayed), will be giving a public reading at the Nordic House near the University of Iceland. The event will be live-streamed; you can tune in by clicking on this link. If you would like to attend the event in person, please note that seating is limited, so be sure to arrive on time. You can find more information about the reading here.
Thursday, April 14th at 1 pm: In cooperation with the Creative Writing Department at University of Iceland and the UNESCO City of Literature, Kevin Larimer—the Editor-in-Chief of Poets & Writers, the largest nonprofit organization serving poets and literary fiction writers in the United States—presents a talk about how to become a published author. The talk takes place at the University of Iceland. More information about this lecture can be found here.
Thursday, April 14th at 5:30 pm: The Iceland Writers Retreat, in conjunction with the Toronto-based International Festival of Authors and Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature, will be hosting a public reading with Canadian authors Helen Humphreys and Joseph Kertes, as well as the retreat’s Canadian faculty Miriam Toews, Vincent Lam, and Andrew Westoll. The event will be held at the Hafnarhús branch of the Reykjavík Art Museum, and all are welcome to join. You can find further details about the reading here.