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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


The Pat Conroy Literary Center will cultivate a passionate and inclusive reading and writing community in honor of the beloved Beaufort author Pat Conroy, who dedicated his life to spreading his love for literature and education to future generations.

Pat Conroy cast a wide net as he dedicated his life to spreading his love for reading, writing and storytelling.

The Pat Conroy Literary Center, in his hometown of Beaufort, SC, is a new community-building gathering place. Part classroom and part museum, we are a nonprofit organization fully committed to creating an inclusive reading and writing community that will honor Pat Conroy’s memory and extend his love of teaching, language and literature to future generations. A series of lectures, special events and classes are scheduled this year, and our small museum is presently open on weekends.

We need your help. You 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.
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308 Charles St

The Pat Conroy Literary Center is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Do 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

Women of Carolina: Julia Eichelberger Discusses Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees

When: March 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Beaufort County Library

On March 30th, Julia Eichelberger discusses the New York Times best-selling novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. "This sweeping debut novel, excerpts of which have appeared in Best American Short Stories, tells the tale of a 14-year-old white girl named Lily Owen who is raised by the elderly African American Rosaleen after the accidental death of Lily's mother.

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Upcoming Events

Fri 24

Reading as “Reading the Room” (March 17, 24, April 7)

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wells Fargo Meeting Room
1011 Bay St, 2nd Floor
Apr 04

Write, Read, Respond, Revise, Repeat: A Critique Group (April 4, 11, 18, 25)

April 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wells Fargo Meeting Room
1011 Bay St, 2nd Floor
Apr 08

Kerry Egan in Conversation with Maggie Schein

April 8 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Technical College of the Lowcountry
921 Ribaut Rd