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.

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

“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