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.