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.

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

“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