Passes & Registration

Because the character of the conference calls for a certain degree of intimacy Full Conference Passes, which include smaller sessions and meals, are limited. Since 1995, our first year, we have followed a first-come, first-served policy with regard to ticket sales. We appreciate that many people have attended the conference year after year, but we are also mindful of those who have not been able to purchase a Full Conference Pass in the past and who would benefit from the experience.



A Full Conference Pass includes admission to all Pavilion events, smaller and more intimate breakout sessions with individual writers, and continental breakfast and barbecue lunch each day during the conference.

Passes will go on sale to the general public in early March, while donors have a chance to buy passes during a special donor pre-sale in February. Additionally, donors at certain levels have an opportunity to donate late in 2015 with benefits enjoyed in 2016.

Questions? Email us at: or call: 208-726-5454.



A limited number of Single Event Tickets are sold each year to a selection of individual talks. They will go on sale online via our website in mid-June.


Your Full Conference Pass(es) can be picked up at our Registration Desk, located in the big white tent near the outdoor Pavilion at the Sun Valley Resort, on Friday beginning at 9:00 AM. A film is shown at the Resort's Opera House Friday afternoon and the keynote talk takes place in the Pavilion that evening. Saturday and Sunday are filled with breakouts and talks as well as continental breakfasts and picnic lunches. The program wraps up at 1:00 PM on Monday and is followed by a celebratory lunch with our guest speakers and Full Conference Pass holders.

Students and Educators
We make a special effort to reach out to students and educators and they will be seated in the Pavilion free of charge on a stand-by basis. School ID is required.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel a FULL CONFERENCE PASS and you let us know by May 1, we will be happy to send you a refund. We regret that no refunds may be issued after that date. A $35 charge will apply to canceled orders.
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    Richard Ford

    "Find what causes a commotion in your heart. Find a way to write about that."
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    Stacy Schiff

    "Cleopatra stood at one of the most dangerous intersections in history; that of women and power. Clever women, Euripides had warned hundreds of years earlier, were dangerous."

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