Pablo Cartaya signs books for local families following his free public talk at The Community Library as the SVWC Fall School Speaker.
Pablo Cartaya presents to over 750 middle school students from Wood River Middle School, Ernest Hemingway STEAM School, and The Sage School for the 2019 Fall School Speaker program.
Pablo Cartaya poses with students from Wood River Middle School after his vivacious, bilingual presentation as the inaugural SVWC Fall School Speaker.
Former State Department members Strobe Talbott and Victoria Nuland talk Russia during their 2019 talk “Democracies in Retreat, Dictatorships on the Move.” Photo credit: Nils Ribi
Jenny Emery Davidson, Executive Director of Ketchum’s Community Library, interviews Barry Lopez in front of a standing-room-only crowd for the 2019 “Library Talk.” Each year, SVWC sponsors a writer to speak at the Community Library in a free talk open to the public the week before the conference. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
SVWC Literary Director and Author John Burnham Schwartz signs books after his 2019 talk about his newest book “The Red Daughter: The Remarkable Life of Stalin’s Daughter.” Photo credit: Nils Ribi
Carl Hiaasen had a packed Pavilion audience laughing for the entirety of his 2019 talk titled “The Case Against Intelligent Design: True Stories from Florida.” Photo Credit: Nils Ribi.
Dave Eggers discusses social media with local high school students at our annual Student Luncheon. Students from high schools across the county were given free copies of Eggers’ book The Circle and invited to lunch with him during the 2019 conference. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
SVWC staff and volunteers celebrated on stage at the end of our 25th conference. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
The Chamber Singers of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus regaled a packed Pavilion audience and lawn at the 2019 conference. Photo Credit: Nils Ribi
Naomi Shihab Nye jumped in for some spontaneous poetry-writing with the talented folks of Typewriter Rodeo, who wrote hundreds of improv poems for attendees in 2019 as a celebration of the Conference’s 25th anniversary. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
Thomas Friedman signs books after his 2018 talk. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
An attendee takes a second to read while waiting for a Pavilion talk in 2017. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
SVWC Artistic Director Barbi Reed poses by some of the beautiful flowers from 2018. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
Listeners enjoy the sunshine while watching Jeffrey Toobin’s 2017 talk on the Pavilion lawn. Each year, several talks are chosen to be broadcast to the lawn and are open to the public to attend for free. Photo credit: Ryan Romero
Attendees got to interact with birds of prey, presented by the Peregrine Fund to accompany Helen Macdonald’s 2017 talk about her book H is for Hawk. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
The 2017 SVWC Fellows. Each year, scholars from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the MFA program at Boise State University receive free admission to the conference, as well as opportunities to meet the writers. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
A volunteer stands by during the “Newbie Orientation” in 2017. Each year, we offer a free orientation to the event and the campus for first-time attendees where volunteers and staff introduce the event, give attendees a lay of the land, and finish with a tour of the Sun Valley Resort premises that the SVWC calls home. Photo credit: Nils Ribi
In the heart of the Sun Valley Resort, the beautiful Sun Valley Opera House hosts many of the breakout sessions during the conference. Bald Mountain, the largest of two ski areas in the Sun Valley Resort, serves as a stunning backdrop to the Conference. Photo credit: Nils Ribi