Conference Information

2021 Dates

Saturday, July 17 – Tuesday, July 20

Sun Valley Resort & Pavilion

The mission of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is to invite readers and writers into a realm of intellectual intimacy. In an annual program, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction, readers and writers come together as a community to be educated, enlightened, challenged and inspired.

Although the 2020 Conference has been cancelled, we will be sharing the voices of many of our 2020 presenters in new and creative ways. Stay tuned to our website for updates!

SVWC Past Presenters

Be Inspired.

Simon Winchester
Ridley Pearson
Richard Ford
David Halberstam
Anne Enright
Billy Collins
Judith Freeman
Juliette Kayyem
Michael Ondaatje
2003: Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds
Craig Johnson
Frank McCourt
Jeffrey Brown
Mitch Albom
Peter Matthiessen
Dave Eggers
Naomi Shihab Nye
Anne Lamott
John Burnham Schwartz, Literary Director
John Burnham Schwartz
Sally Bedell Smith
Dave Barry
Annette Gordon-Reed
Jeffrey Toobin
Mark Salzman
David Brooks
Jessica Yu
Thomas McGuane
Liaquat Ahamed
Tom Brokaw
Doris Kearns Goodwin
E. O. Wilson
Edwidge Danticat
David McCullough
A. Scott Berg
Strobe Talbott
Thomas Friedman
Alexander McCall Smith
Bryan Stevenson
Van Gordon Sauter
Anna Quindlen
Walter Isaacson
John Lewis
Abraham Verghese
Alexandra Fuller
Maira Kalman
Colson Whitehead
Anne Taylor Fleming
Karl Fleming
Anthony Doerr
Sandra Day O’Connor
Rick Atkinson
John Lithgow
Calvin Trillin
William Styron
W. S. Merwin
Mary Karr
Robert Gates
Thomas Cahill
Justice Stephen Breyer
Salman Rushdie
Ian McEwan
Firoozeh Dumas
Isabel Wilkerson
Ayad Akhtar
Robert Caro
Robert Caro
Ethan Canin

“SVWC is everything I love in one place, during one week…I find that the most unique part of the conference is its enormous heart. The conversations and interactions renew me spiritually and make me want to keep reaching, however impractical and distant the goal might be. SVWC is my church.”

– Firoozeh Dumas