Wanna Write a Novel? Move to Iceland

The great Halldor Laxness, but you knew that already.

We know all of you out there in Journo-Land are burning with literary ambition. Hell, the only reason half you are even in this profession is because you just never got around to finishing your Thomas Wolfe knock-off inspired Great American Novel. But maybe it’s not too late. There’s always Iceland. Seriously.

According to the BBC, 1 in 10 Icelanders will publish a book. That’s right, 10% of the (granted, rather small) nation of Iceland will publish a book. Apparently their preferred genre is crime novels, though there are quite a few poets and erotic fiction writers as well. And, according to NPR, not only do Icelanders write, they read -more books per capita than any other country in the world.

But what does this have to do with you? Glad I asked. For the first time ever, the country of Iceland is offering an Iceland Writer’s Retreat and the Ambassador of Iceland, Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson, wants to recruit DC writers and journos.

Now, for the reasonable-ish price of $2100, you can travel to beautiful Reykjavik for a week of “intimate workshops,” scintillating conversation, and naked hotspringing -all while learning to perfect your craft in the most book-hungry country in the world. Plus, Bjork! And who knows, if you fall in love with the place, and stick around, you may even end up being the next Halldor Laxness.

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

Between intimate workshops and lectures, we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

Our workshops will be led by published writers from around the world whose works feature a theme of travel or journeys. These include Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, Scotiabank Giller prize winner Joseph Boyden, Ryerson University professor and author Randy Boyagoda, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans, award-winning memoirist Iain Reid, acclaimed travel writer Sara Wheeler, and Man Booker Prize nominee James Scudamore. 

Hurry though, Early Bird registration closes January 31st! And you know this thing is gunna sell out…