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.

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