"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 casted 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, part museum, but a nonprofit organization that is 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. The house’s small museum is open on weekends now, but a series of lectures, special events and classes are being planned to begin in 2017.

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 programs has now begun. 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: Susan Millar Williams Discusses Julia Peterkin’s Scarlet Sister Mary

When: March 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Beaufort County Library

On March 2nd, Susan Millar Williams will discuss Julia Peterkin's Scarlet Sister Mary, the once-banned Pultizer Prize-winning 1928 novel set among the Gullah people of the South Carolina Lowcountry at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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Upcoming Events

Mar 04

March Forth/ March Fourth: A Day to Wander and Love the Land

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Penn Center, Frissell Community House
16 Penn Center Cir W
St. Helena Island
Mar 16