Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference 2016

Since 1995, the Sun Valley Writers' Conference has brought together some of the nation's best-known writers, poets, filmmakers and philosophers to engage an audience in provocative and thoughtful conversations.

The event takes place over four days in August on the grounds and rooms of the Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn.

Dialogue host Marcia Franklin has been a regular attendee. In 2016, she interviewed seven authors at the conference.


David Miliband
David Miliband
"These are people, and they've been through hell to get here. And what they want is a chance. And that is something that this country has historically given them. And it would be a tragedy for that to be ended."  Learn more . . .

Aired September 16, 2016
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Creating 'Game of Thrones', Part One
"You know, this is not Tolkien in a kind of sexless world, where, as far as we know, the hobbits have never once contemplated anything erotic. It's just not this world. And this is a world where it's not humans against orcs, it's humans against humans, and doing horrible things to each other. And that's the story."  Learn more . . .

Aired November, 4 2016
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Creating 'Game of Thrones', Part Two
"People always ask us, "Who's the bad egg in the cast? Like, there's got to be someone you just don't like. Who's the jerk?" And there's no one. I mean, they're just all really, truly people that I like hanging out with."  Learn more . . .

Aired November 11, 2016
Walter Robinson
Walter Robinson
"There's no story I've ever been involved in where the gulf between good and evil was so wide and so apparent that you couldn't help but be horrified at what this institution that purported to represent God on Earth could do to so many helpless victims."  Learn more . . .

Aired November 18, 2016
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
"You know, at the end of the day, the question is who are we? Who are we as a species? What are we doing here? How are we going to treat these other astonishing creatures that we are fortunate enough to share this planet with?"  Learn more . . .

Aired November 25, 2016
Claire Vaye Watkins
Claire Vaye Watkins
"I don't know of a region of America that buys its that believes its own propaganda so much as the American West, you know. It was always a lie. It was always a ghost. It was always a myth, a story, it's not real."  Learn more . . .

Aired December 9, 2016
Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid
"At some point you'd think the people who are racist will just get tired of it. I mean, we who are black can't get tired of being ourselves. We just are. We're black; we don't know what to do about it."  Learn more . . .

Aired December 4, 2015