The SVWC Experience

What to Expect

On your first day at registration you’ll see the stunning Sun Valley Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater where many talks are given. Close by, at an old-fashioned Opera House theater, we usually screen a film, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. An hour before the opening event, friends often gather near the Pavilion for an outdoor reception. Summer days are long and usually warm (in spite of the occasional mountain storm or chill) and it will stay light until close to 10pm.

SVWC talks and smaller breakout sessions typically take place at the Sun Valley Pavilion as well as in conference rooms in the Sun Valley Inn and tents around the Resort. The bookstore is located in the Big Tent on the Pavilion field. You can download a pdf of the SVWC Venue Map with all the important locations. Or watch our SVWC Video to get a sense of it all!

Each day begins with continental breakfast on the Sun Valley Lodge terrace. As the day unfolds, talks, sessions, and lively picnic lunches are all within easy walking distance.

The event concludes in the afternoon of the last day with an alfresco lunch on the fabled terrace of the Sun Valley Lodge, which overlooks an outdoor ice rink, home to Olympic Gold medalists as well as local skaters. No wonder E. L. Doctorow has called SVWC “the best summer camp” he’s ever been to.

“The conference was among the most intellectually invigorating experiences I have ever had. I cannot recall a conference that was as well organized. Nor can I recall one where the other speakers were such interesting conversationalists, both on-stage and over drinks and dinner, and represented such a wide variety of disciplines.”


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