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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

To All Our Many Friends

As 2017 ended and a New Year began we, at the Pat Conroy Literary Center, realized that we have much to be grateful for. We thank you all for your generous support that made our Conroy Center a reality. Yet this first full year has only been a prologue, and there is much more good we can do…

We thank you from the fullness of our Lowcountry hearts


“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.



308 Charles St

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.

The PAT CONROY LITERARY FESTIVAL web site will continue to be operational until the 2018 festival theme is announced – either click the button at the top or here…

Your support now and in the future means everything.

Next Event

OLLI Class: Pat Conroy’s Reverence for Teaching (Okatie, SC)

When: February 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: USCB Hilton Head Gateway Campus

This two-hour presentation is open to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members and requires advance registration through the OLLI website: https://olli.uscb.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18SLIT211

Explore best-selling author Pat Conroy’s reverence for the art of teaching and his own legacy as a teacher through informative profiles of representative teachers from Conroy’s formative years as a student at Beaufort High School and through profiles of Conroy's own students at BHS and on Daufuskie Island.

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Upcoming Events

Mon 26

OLLI Class: Pat Conroy’s Reverence for Teaching (Okatie, SC)

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
USCB Hilton Head Gateway Campus
1 University Blvd.
Tue 27

A Conversation with Majok Marier and Estelle Ford-Williamson

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, SC
540 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island
Mar 04

Pat Conroy Literary Center 2nd annual March Forth on March Fourth Event

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$22 - $40
Penn Center, Frissell Community House
16 Penn Center Circle East
St. Helena Island
Mar 15

Book Launch Event for The Secret to Southern Charm

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House
705 Washington Street