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"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


“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.



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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…

The Pat Conroy Literary Center received official recognition by American Writers Museum. Click here to see more about this great honor on the NEWS page…

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! The first series of literary events and programs has now begun – 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.

Mark your calendar for next October 19-22/17 when we will gather once again in Beaufort for the second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. Pat Conroy loved stories and revered teachers so this year we will celebrate the Transformative Power of Education as we honor both storytellers and teachers in our programs. So come and join us.  The PAT CONROY LITERARY FESTIVAL web site is now operational – either click the button at the top or here…

Your support now and in the future means everything.

Next Event

Pat Conroy Literary Festival – October 19-22, 2017

When: October 19 @ –
Where: USC Beaufort Center for the Arts

The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival will be held on October 19–22 in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina. Join us as we celebrate Pat Conroy’s legacy as student and teacher through this year’s festival theme of The Transformative Power of Education.
Extending the remarkable conversations and experiences which began at the Pat Conroy at 70 festival and birthday celebration in October 2015, the Pat Conroy Literary Festival will continue to honor the writing life of Pat Conroy (1945–2016) in his adopted hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Upcoming Events

Sun 22

Pat Conroy Literary Festival – October 19-22, 2017

October 19 - October 22
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts
801 Carteret Street
Thu 26

Bernard Powers Discusses David Robertson’s Denmark Vesey

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street
Fri 27

Porch Talk Live: J.C. Sasser in Conversation with Jonathan Haupt

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street
Nov 01

Daniel Cross Turner Discusses Padgett Powell’s Edisto

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street