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.

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