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July 20 - July 22

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference


Thirty years ago, the founders of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference sat around a kitchen table and dreamt up what would become today’s premier literary conference. Over the last three decades, more than 500 poets, playwrights, historians, novelists, and musicians have graced the stage at SVWC, including novelists Alice McDermott and Hernan Diaz, poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Rita Dove, and longtime friend of the Conference, Frank McCourt. “Thirty years is a long time,” writes SVWC Associate Director Anne Taylor Fleming, “but it feels as if we have kept our soul intact.”

Join us to commemorate this momentous occasion Saturday, July 20 through Monday, July 22 at the stunning Sun Valley Resort and Pavilion. As always, this year’s ground-breaking presentations fuse together a thoughtfully curated mix of today’s top issues and insights, offered by the brightest thinkers and writers of our time. Presenters in 2024 include Margaret Atwood (recipient of the SVWC Writer in the World Prize), Judy Blume, Justice Stephen Breyer, Jonathan Eig, Niall Ferguson, Kristin Hannah, Padma Lakshmi, Anne Lamott, Erik Larson, Dennis Lehane, Ayana Mathis, Tiya Miles, David Miliband, Paul Muldoon, Maggie O’Farrell, Tommy Orange, John Vaillant, Clarissa Ward, and many more.

Passes sold out in less than 15 minutes, but stay tuned for more information about single event tickets, free community speakers, free livestreaming, free Pavilion lawn talks, a special 30th Anniversary celebration, and more! If you haven’t already, join our email list for important updates at svwc.com/subscribe

Schedule of Free Events:

Below is a guide to all the free events & community programming we have this year. You can also visit our Schedule & Program page and filter in the top right corner for things like “free lawn talk” or “free livestream.”

Free Community Speaker Series

July 17 & 23 | The Community Library
SVWC is partnering with The Community Library to host free lectures throughout the year, including two bookending this year’s Conference. Talks will be held at 5:30pm on July 17 (Judy Blume) & July 23 (John Vaillant). In-person registration is full, but you can join the waitlist or livestream the events from home.

Live Watch Party at The Argyros

$30 for 3 Days for our 30th Anniversary
Join us for a Live Watch Party, July 20-22, in downtown Ketchum! We will livestream exclusive content from the 2024 Conference straight to The Argyros theater. We will also have books available for purchase, SVWC gift items, special guest appearances, drinks, music, and more. Tickets are $30 for 3 days, on sale now.


July 20
July 22
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Sun Valley Writers’ Conference
(208) 726-5454


Sun Valley Pavilion
300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
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