Bring a writing project whether it’s in process or just in planning - or just come to get started on writing in the remote beauty of northern Iceland.

The geological forces that formed Lake Myvatn created a sculptural landscape that is home to hundreds of species of migrating water birds, unique geological formations and geothermal baths -- providing the perfect environment to concentrate on writing poetry or prose. We will spend each morning with carefully selected writing prompts, and in the evenings, those who wish to can share more about a project in progress with the group and get feedback. 

During the afternoons, you’ll be free to concentrate on your writing and explore the area. Poet, creative nonfiction writer, and photographer with a lifelong passion for volcanic landscapes, Meg Weston will provide the morning writing prompts, facilitate group sessions in the morning and evening, and provide one-on-one writing consultation for those who want it. And, if interested, you can join Meg for sunrise and sunset photo shoots.  Meg is a certified AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) facilitator of writing groups.

One evening we will soak in the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths and hope to catch the aurora borealis in clear night skies. We will stay at the Hotel Sel Lake Myvatn where meals are served.  It’s a beautiful setting with walking trails by the lake, comfortable accommodations, and good food.

Other costs: Air travel from Boston to Reykjavik.  And domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri in the north of Iceland (serviced by both Icelandair and Air Iceland)

Please note:   You will be arriving at the international airport in Reykjavik (KEF) and leaving from the domestic airport (RKV) to travel to Akureyri (AEY).  Travel between the two Reykjavik airports is done via one of two bus lines:  Flybus or Grayline.  Please allow ample transfer time (suggested 2 hours) between flights. While the drive time is  just 45 minutes, the busses do make frequent hotel stops en route.

Lodging and meals are available at the Hotel Sel.  http://www.myvatn.is  Room rates (approx$120/night) include breakfast.  Due to our semi-isolated location, most meals will also be taken at the hotel, but are not included in pricing.

Transportation will be provided from Akureyri to Lake Myvatn by prior arrangement.   Please arrange your flights to arrive in Akureyri by Sunday afternoon on October 1. Return van will leave on Saturday, October 7.

Companions: Companions are welcome to come and explore on their own; if you are bringing a companion please plan on renting your own vehicle for transportation.

Terms and Conditions for Travel Workshops

1. Reservations & Payments

A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior  to the start date of  your workshop unless stated differently in the course description..  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.

2. Cancellations

Please review our cancellation policy at https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/about/payment-policies

3. Basis of Rates

All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

4. Insurance

It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.

5. Itinerary Changes

The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.

6.  Passports and Visas

A valid passport is required for all international travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered.  Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.

7. Medical Issues

All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.

8. Liability Waiver

Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop.   Click here to download.

9. Responsibility & Photography

To ensure a safe  experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop. 

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Instructors

Meg Weston

Margaret A. (Meg) Weston is a long time Maine resident and respected leader in higher education, business and consulting in international imaging, was appointed President of Maine Media Workshops + College in February, 2012. Prior to this, Meg served as Vice President for University Advancement at the University of Southern Maine and as President and CEO of the University of Southern Maine Foundation. Meg has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University with an interdisciplinary emphasis on creative non-fiction and photography.  She has taught digital imaging at the University of Southern Maine and workshops in Creativity at the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, Mass.

Meg brings over 25 years of leadership experience in imaging and communications businesses, including as president of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram and as president and COO of the U.S. photofinishing operations of Konica Corporation. As president and CEO of PrintLife, an Israeli digital imaging company, she introduced photobooks in the U.S. and Japanese markets in 2000-2001. For eight years, she operated f22 Consulting, Inc., a successful consulting practice focused on helping mature companies make the transition to new global opportunities in consumer digital imaging. Her f22 client list included many digital imaging start-up companies as well as Kodak, Hewlett Packard, and Fuji.

Meg also has a wealth of experience in higher education. She served as Chair of a legislative commission on higher education governance and for ten years on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System, including two years as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Meg’s passion is photographing volcanoes. Her photography work has been showcased in the solo exhibits, “Lava Flows” at the Lyceum Gallery in 2012, and “Lavascapes” in 2008;” in group shows: “Atelier 2007” and the “Next Step” exhibit of alumni of JP Caponigro, as well as on her website, www.volcanoes.com.  She was one of 8 selected poets/artists to present poetry and images at the 2012 Belfast Poetry Festival on October 20, 2012.

Course Dates

Oct 1 to Oct 7

Levels

Tuition

$975

Class Size

10