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.

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