Schedule / Program

An example of our typical program appears below.

You can choose a day from the drop-down menu below to view the different time blocks. 

More detailed information–authors, titles, talk descriptions–will be posted here each spring.


Please Note: The views, opinions, and positions expressed by SVWC speakers and attendees are the speakers’ and attendees’ own and do not necessarily reflect those of SVWC, its founders, board members, staff, or volunteers.

10:00 AM
Registration Opens

Big Tent

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Musical Performance
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
No-Host Cocktail Reception

Upper Green

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Keynote Presentation


SVWC Full Program

2020 Writers & Presenters

Be Inspired.

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