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.

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