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.

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

“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