Ice­land Writ­ers Re­treat of­fers schol­ar­ships

Weekly Trust - - Weekend Magazine - Nathaniel Bi­van

Ice­land Writ­ers Re­treat is of­fer­ing tal­ented writ­ers from around the world the chance to at­tend its pro­gram for free.

The pro­gram which is slated for April 2018 of­fers writ­ers ei­ther full or par­tial fund­ing. The full fund­ing schol­ar­ship in­cludes a round-trip air­fare plus the full re­treat pack­age, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, tours, most meals and all work­shops for the du­ra­tion of the event. Par­tial fund­ing cov­ers the par­tic­i­pant costs only and does not in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion or flights.

Ap­pli­cants are ex­pected to demon­strate that they do not have the fi­nan­cial means to at­tend the con­fer­ence with­out the award. Can­di­dates do not need to be pro­fes­sional writ­ers, but are re­quired to be se­ri­ous about the craft and in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing their skills and con­tacts.

In 2017 there were four schol­ar­ship win­ners. Held for the first time in April 2014, the Ice­land Writ­ers Re­treat is an event com­posed of a se­ries of small-group writ­ing work­shops and cul­tural tours de­signed to in­tro­duce par­tic­i­pants to Ice­land’s rich lit­er­ary her­itage. In 2018 the teach­ing staff in­clude Hil­ton Als, Hall­grí­mur Hel­ga­son, Priya Basil, Su­san Shreve, Terry Fal­lis, and Gwen­do­line Ri­ley. 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.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Oc­to­ber 31 and all sup­port­ing ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing writ­ten ref­er­ences, must be sup­plied by this date.

Chil­dren writ­ing dur­ing the Rain­bow Book Club es­say con­test.

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