Schedule / Program

An example of what our typical program will look like for the 2021 Conference 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.

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