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.

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