Live Watch Party

Join us at The Argyros July 20-22

$30 for 3 days to celebrate our 30th Anniversary


You’re invited! We want to celebrate 30 years of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference with you—join us for a Live Watch Party, July 20-22. We will livestream exclusive content from the 2024 Conference straight to The Argyros theater, including several talks that are not available for at-home livestreaming, lawn talks, or single event tickets. We will also have books available for purchase, SVWC gift items, special guest appearances, drinks, music, and more. Join us for this fun and festive celebration in downtown Ketchum!

Our annual programming for free at-home livestreaming is still available (registration required). Visit to sign up.




Watch Party Passes are $30 for 3 days, on sale now. If the event hasn’t sold out, there will also be same-day passes available to purchase at the door ($10 for a single-day Watch Party Pass). These single-day passes will go on sale at 11:50am each day from The Argyros ticket counter (no online sales).


Doors to The Argyros will open at 12pm each day. With any type of Watch Party Pass, you are able to come and go as you please. SVWC 2024 passholders are welcome to attend at no additional cost (if there are seats available and the event hasn’t sold out).


See the schedule of talks available at the Watch Party below. We hope to see you there!

The below talks are available for viewing during the Live Watch Party. Please check back regularly as we make updates to the schedule. To read more about each talk, please see our Schedule & Program.

Saturday, July 20

12:30 – 1:30 PM  |  Kristin Hannah with Jenny Emery Davidson

2:00 – 3:00 PM  |  Anne Lamott

3:30 – 4:45 PM  |  Paul Muldoon

5:15 – 6:15 PM  |  Margaret Atwood with Ayad Akhtar



Sunday, July 21

1:00 – 2:00 PM  |  Justice Stephen Breyer with Jeffrey Rosen

2:30 – 3:30 PM  |  Judy Blume with Jeffrey Brown

4:00 – 5:00 PM  |  Niall Ferguson with Evan Osnos

5:15 – 6:15 PM  |  Erik Larson



Monday, July 22

1:30 – 2:30 PM  |  Margaret Atwood with Louise Dennys

3:00 – 4:00 PM  |  Niall Ferguson, David Miliband & Clarissa Ward with Jeffrey Goldberg

4:30 – 5:30 PM  |  Anne Lamott









Why We’re Doing This…

The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference (SVWC) has already set records during its 30th Anniversary year—Conference Passes sold out in less than 15 minutes, eager fans purchased the single event tickets for Pavilion Talks at breakneck speed, and all seats for the free Community Speaker Series talks—Judy Blume on July 17 and John Vaillant on July 23 at The Community Library—filled up within hours.


To help meet growing demand over the years, SVWC has opened up access to their content in a variety of ways. This includes free livestreaming, free lawn seating at the Sun Valley Pavilion, and free online content in their digital media library. In addition, they have increased outreach in Blaine County schools, with a Student/Author Luncheon during the Conference and a School Speaker Series with Javier Zamora on May 23. The Community Scholars Program for teachers and students and the Writing Fellows Program for young writers have also been expanded this year.


But even with so many community events and free programming, the demand and enthusiasm in 2024 has been unprecedented. In response, SVWC decided to create a brand-new special offering for their 30th Anniversary — a Live Watch Party at the Argyros Performing Arts Center! We hope you will join us!

“This year we are really excited to add the Live Watch Party at The Argyros as a way for people to come together to engage with our content and with each other. We have such a fantastic lineup of presenters this year and we can’t wait to share it with more of our community.”
-SVWC Creative Director James Tooley