Conference Information

SVWC 2021

Saturday, July 17 – Tuesday, July 20

Sun Valley Resort

Please stay tuned about updates for the 2021 Conference as our plans continue to take shape.


The mission of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is to invite readers and writers into a realm of intellectual intimacy. In an annual program, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction, readers and writers come together as a community to be educated, enlightened, challenged and inspired.

SVWC Past Presenters

Be Inspired.

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

“SVWC is everything I love in one place, during one week…I find that the most unique part of the conference is its enormous heart. The conversations and interactions renew me spiritually and make me want to keep reaching, however impractical and distant the goal might be. SVWC is my church.”

– Firoozeh Dumas