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.

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

“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