"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

From the beginning of time stories have been created and shared as a way to make sense of our world. And we never outgrow the need to hear them.
Many of our donors have shared meaningful and touching stories about Pat, about reading and writing, and about their lives. You will find some of these stories under “Donor Stories” on the menu bar above.

Allow us to introduce you to the  stories of our devoted volunteers as well. See our gift of recognition and meet them in all their glory  on the  Main Menu under “Volunteers”. Then under “About” you’ll meet our talented and hard working staff and our distinguished Boards.

VISION

“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.

MISSION

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…

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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…

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.

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

Featured Events


Book Club Discussion: THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE – Led by Sean Heuston


When: July 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Pat Conroy Literary Center

The fourth Conroy Center Book Club meeting will be led by Citadel English professor Sean Hueston as we discuss Pat Conroy's second novel, The Lords of Discipline, published in 1980 and later adapted for film...


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OLLI Class: Pat Conroy as Reader


When: July 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: USCB Hilton Head Campus -Hilton Head, SC

The author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Water Is Wide, Pat Conroy (1945–2016) is synonymous with the lowcountry. Jonathan Haupt will discuss Conroy’s love of reading—focusing on the importance of his mother Peggy Conroy in fostering Pat’s love of reading...


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