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.

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

“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