Focus on your writing in the remote beauty of northern Iceland
Dates: Sep 29, 2019 - Oct 5, 2019
Levels:All Workshop Fee: $1095
Class Size: 10
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.
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) Discount carrier WOW also serves Reykjavik from over 12 ciites in the US as well as Europe.
Lodging – see below.
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. Learn more here. Email: [email protected] Room rates (approx$140/night) include breakfast. Due to our semi-isolated location, most meals will also be taken at the hotel, but are not included in pricing. Maine Media has reserved 10 rooms with this hotel. Don’t worry – there’s room for you! You will need to contact the hotel directly, however and identify yourself as one of the Maine Media participants. Booking online may show no availability. From the US: 011.354.464.4164 From other countries – your international access code, then 354.464.4164
Transportation will be provided from Akureyri to Lake Myvatn by prior arrangement. Please arrange your flights to arrive in Akureyri by Sunday afternoon on September 23. Return van will leave on Saturday, September 29.
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.
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Header Image: Meg Weston
Instructor: Meg Weston
Meg Weston earned her MFA degree in Creative Writing at Lesley University in 2008. Her upcoming memoir, The Volcano Tourist, follows her geologic journey as she pursues a passion that’s been with her since childhood. As President and core faculty of MMW+C, she mentors students in their creative writing projects, and is trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists method for facilitating writing groups.
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