"The only word for goodness is goodness, and it is not enough."

~Pat Conroy

"You must appreciate beauty for it to endure."

~Pat Conroy

"The most powerful words in English are, 'Tell me a story.'"

~Pat Conroy

To All Our Many Friends

Exciting things are happening at the Pat Conroy Literary Center, from workshops, retreats, and exhibits to a stellar line-up of visiting writers…. and more. So whether you are a reader or a beginning or advanced writer or storyteller, allow us to welcome you into our Lowcountry home, already a nationally-recognized literary landmark. Check out our calendar of past and upcoming events… and join us!

New site feature: Video Gallery of all our Events… here…
Also please see the new implementation of Events display on this Home page at the bottom.


“Every voice mattered to my dad.”
-Jessica Conroy

The beloved author Pat Conroy believed that stories matter, that language matters, that every voice matters. The Pat Conroy Literary Center honors his fierce love for the diverse voices that tell our crucial stories, the teachers who call those stories forth, and the readers who keep the stories alive. We continue his legacy in the magnificent coastal landscape where his storytelling began and beyond, supporting a vibrant literary community that reflects Pat Conroy’s undying delight in the power of the human voice.


The Pat Conroy Literary Center educates and inspires a community of readers, writers, and teachers in and beyond our home in the South Carolina lowcountry. In honor of our namesake, one of America’s best loved writers and truth-tellers, the Conroy Center continues Pat Conroy’s courageous and generous-hearted legacy as a teacher, mentor, advocate, and friend to storytellers of every kind.

Based in Conroy’s beloved hometown and muse of Beaufort, the Conroy Center will develop an inclusive, sustainable, and highly visible educational presence by hosting exhibitions drawn from Conroy’s writing life, presenting workshops on the writing craft and professionalization, organizing book group discussions, offering presentations by local and visiting writers and literary arts leaders, sponsoring mentorship programs and awards to foster a great love of literature among young and emerging writers, honoring the vital work of educators, holding as our signature event the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, fostering a robust online outreach to our global audience, and partnering with schools, universities, libraries, festivals, fellow nonprofits, and other humanities organizations to enhance the literary arts.

Collectively these ambitious efforts serve as an open invitation to all of those from around the globe who have appreciated and benefited from Pat Conroy’s extraordinary gifts and generosity to join us in championing the transformative power of education and of story itself to reshape our lives and our world for the betterment of all.



We Need Your Help

Your financial support is essential to secure the Center’s future and to allow its influence to grow. Please donate, volunteer and see what a difference you can make. Learn More…

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The Pat Conroy Literary Center has been designated a Literary Landmark by American Library Association. Click here to see the press release on this wonderful recognition… Also the American Writers Museum recognizes our center as an affiliate. Click here for the press release on this great honor…

The Pat Conroy Literary Center is open to the public from Thursday through Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m., and at other times by appointment.

Welcome! Our series of literary events and programs has begun and it is going full steam – see “Events” tab. And the PORCH TALK blog is open, so pull up a chair and join in the conversation. We hope you’ll stop by often. We want to hear from you.

Your support now and in the future means everything.

Featured Events

Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry (Pawleys Island, SC )

When: October 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Where: Waccamaw Library – Pawleys Island, SC

Pat Conroy (1945–2016) wrote that “the poets of the world occupy a place of high honor in my city of books.” Pat’s brother Tim, a poet and retired educator, explores Pat’s lifelong relationship with poetry as a reader, as a self-described failed poet, and as a writer who found a creative outlet for the rhapsody and rhythms of poetry in his iconic lyrical and descriptive prose...

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LLHHI Class: Pat Conroy as Lifelong Learner (Hilton Head Island, SC)

When: October 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: TidePointe, a Vi Community

The author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Water Is Wide, Pat Conroy (1945–2016) is synonymous with the lowcountry. Explore Conroy’s lifelong commitment to education through stories spanning from his formative years as a student at Beaufort High School to his last act as a teacher...

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Upcoming Events

Wed 17

Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry (Pawleys Island, SC )

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Waccamaw Library – Pawleys Island, SC
41 St Paul Place
Pawleys Island
Wed 17

LLHHI Class: Pat Conroy as Lifelong Learner (Hilton Head Island, SC)

October 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
TidePointe, a Vi Community
700 Tidepointe Way
Hilton Head Island