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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

Important Announcement (9/14/2017)

The Pat Conroy Literary Center reopened Thursday September 14, 2017 and we will resume public programming with same day presentation of “I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries at the Calhoun County Library in St. Matthews. Coming Saturday to Beaufort’s Santa Elena History Center, Tuesday to Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Forest Library, and Wednesday to MB’s Socastee Library. See details on these and future tour stops here under Events.


“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…

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

Writing as Healing: Poetry and Grief

When: September 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Technical College of the Lowcountry

Therapists often suggest journaling as a way forward when grieving the loss of a loved one. For a writer, the choice seems a natural one. Yet Elizabeth Robin found expressing emotions in this way impossible when her only brother and her beloved husband both fell ill and died within a two-year span. Then she discovered she could store and express those feelings in two ways: through poems and in essays written in third person. The poems became her first book, Silk Purses and Lemonade. This workshop models the journaling process, how this transforms to poetry, and why poems offer a useful outlet for grief, and a way to offer solace to others grieving similar losses...

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Upcoming Events

Tue 26

OLLI Class: Pat Conroy’s Reverence for Teaching

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
USCB Beaufort Sandstone 124
801 Carteret Street
Tue 26

African American Women, Literary Voices, and Spiritual Wholeness

September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Grace Chapel AME Church
502 Charles St
Oct 10

Elizabeth Robin Discusses Pat Conroy’s The Water Is Wide

October 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street
Oct 19

Pat Conroy Literary Festival – October 19-22, 2017

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