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Sun Valley Writers' Conference


Sat, Jul 21, 2018 (All day) to Tue, Jul 24, 2018 (All day)

The Sun Valley Writers' Conference is a festival of ideas and literature with some of the most extraordinary writers and thinkers in the world, the most generous audience one is ever likely to encounter – close to 1,000 people, a good number of whom wield considerable influence in business, politics, media, and entertainment circles, but all of whom love to read – in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the American West. The conference started in 1995 and is now considered by many to be the best literary festival in the U.S.

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 inspired, surprised, challenged, and enlightened.

We often liken SVWC to a four-day literary house party that takes place in Sun Valley, Idaho, a gorgeous Western resort nestled under the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. As the event unfolds you will become aware of our unique staff, which is a never-say-no group that makes all things possible; if you ask for help you’ll get a guiding hand and a big smile. You’ll meet the members of our exceptional audience – individuals who flock here from all over the country. Like you, they believe in the importance of books in all forms, of civil discourse and teaching, of coming together to laugh, cry, listen, and learn from the authors of the written word. And you will get to know some of our generation’s finest writers.

For further information: or 208-726-5454.

Take a Look...a Preliminary List of 2018 Presenters:

  • Ken Auletta
    Author and New Yorker Contributor
  • Steve Coll
    Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Author, and Dean of the Columbia Journalism School
  • Karen Crouse
    Sportswriter and Author
  • Edwidge Danticat
    Author, MacArthur Fellow, and National Book Award Finalist
  • Wade Davis
    Anthropologist, Author, and Explorer
  • Thomas L. Friedman
    Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist
  • Terrance Hayes
    National Book Award-winning Poet, MacArthur Fellow, and NYU Distinguished Writer-in-Residence
  • Adam Johnson
    Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist and Stanford University Creative Writing Professor
  • Nicole Krauss
    Novelist and National Book Award Finalist
  • Maile Meloy
    Novelist and Short-story Writer
  • Fareed Zakaria
    Foreign Policy Advisor, Journalist, and Author


Sun Valley Writers' Conference


Sun Valley Resort
83353 Sun Valley , ID
Ph. 208-726-5454