The annual Sun Valley Writers’ Conference became the latest entrant on an ever-growing list of summer events to be cancelled in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, an announcement from the organization confirmed on Friday, April 3.

    The missive, signed by Writers’ Conference Executive Director Robin Eidsmo, said “the wrenching uncertainties caused by the spread of COVID-19 make it impossible for us to safely confirm the travel, logistics and participation of all those who were so looking forward to joining us this summer—our superb group of writers, donors, attendees, staff and volunteers.”

    Each year, the SVWC congregates some of the world’s leading names in fiction and nonfiction writing, with 2020’s conference already boasting an impressive roster, including Tobias Wolff. Hosted each year at the Sun Valley resort, the conference was initially scheduled to take place this year from Saturday, July 18, through Tuesday, July 21.

    Eidsmo’s statement ended on a hopeful note, looking towards a bright future.

    “We are already making plans for next year’s conference in beautiful Sun Valley, July 17-20, 2021,” the statement read.

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