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.

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