Conference Information

SVWC 2021

Saturday, July 17 – Tuesday, July 20

Sun Valley Resort

Please stay tuned about updates for the 2021 Conference as our plans continue to take shape.


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.

SVWC Past Presenters

Be Inspired.

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

“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