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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.



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 20-22/17 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.

Your support now and in the future means everything.

Next Event

Pat Conroy Literary Center at the Decatur Book Festival

When: September 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Historic DeKalb Courthouse

The Pat Conroy Literary Center is proud to be a Bronze Level Sponsor and a first-time exhibitor at the 11th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival, held in beautiful downtown Decatur, Georgia. Visit us in tent 508 (on E. Ponce de Leon Ave near the historic Dekalb Courthouse) on Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3 to learn more about the year-round programming of the Conroy Center and our annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. Meet Conroy Center executive director Jonathan Haupt and Conroy Center board member and Pat Conroy's daughter Jessica Conroy...

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Upcoming Events

Sep 02

Pat Conroy Literary Center at the Decatur Book Festival

September 2 @ 9:00 am - September 3 @ 5:00 pm
Historic DeKalb Courthouse
101 E Court Sq
Sep 02

Porch Talk Live at the Decatur Book Festival

September 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
First Baptist Church of Decatur
308 Clairemont Avenue
Sep 09
Sep 09

Karen Spears Zacharias in Conversation with Stephanie Edwards

September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Technical College of the Lowcountry
921 Ribaut Road, Bldg 12