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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

To All Our Many Friends in This Season of Giving

At the Pat Conroy Literary Center, we have much to be grateful for this year. Your generous support has made our Conroy Center a reality and empowered us to better the lives of countless readers and writers through our programs and outreach. Yet this first full year has only been a prologue, and there is much more good we can do—with your continued support.

In this season of giving, we ask your kind help in preserving and fostering Pat Conroy’s literary legacy. Your tax-deductible donations support us as we share Pat’s great love for language and as we educate and inspire writers to share the stories they were born to tell, the stories that define us, transform us, and connect us to one another.

We thank you from the fullness of our Lowcountry hearts.

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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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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 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…

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! 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.

The PAT CONROY LITERARY FESTIVAL web site will continue to be operational until the 2018 festival theme is announced – either click the button at the top or here…

Your support now and in the future means everything.

Next Event


Nicole Seitz in Conversation with Bill Thompson


When: November 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Beaufort County Library

The Pat Conroy Literary Center's Visiting Writers Series welcomes Nicole Seitz, author and artist of The Cage-maker, an illustrated and epistolary historic mystery set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century New Orleans. Nicole will appear in conversation with freelance writer and former Charleston Post and Courier books editor Bill Thompson.


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Upcoming Events

Sat 25

Nicole Seitz in Conversation with Bill Thompson

November 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street
Beaufort
Tue 28

Rebecca T. Godwin Discusses her novel Keeper of the House

November 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street
Beaufort
Dec 01

Night on the Town Book Signing with Cynthia & Cliff Graubart

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NeverMore Books
702 Craven Street
Beaufort
Dec 15

The First Lowcountry Book Club Convention

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Technical College of the Lowcountry
921 Ribaut Road, Bldg 12
Beaufort