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Workshop: Authenticity through Research with Marjorie Lewis

Online - ZOOM

Authenticity through Research for the Historical Fiction Writer is an interactive Socratic class exploring the use of research when writing historical fiction; open to writers at all levels of experience.

$45

Workshop: Repetition and Evolution with Amber Wheeler Bacon

Online - ZOOM

In this workshop, we take a close look at the children’s book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly , the Marc Richard short story, “Strays,” and Donald Barthelme's "The School" to see what they can teach us about how to structure a work in progress.

$45

Poetry Workshop: Mapping Mother Relationships

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

This free in-person poetry workshop will open with passages written by Pat Conroy that explore his relationship with his mother, Peg Conroy. Participants will then take an active role in reading selected poems by Jamaica Kincaid, Li Young Lee, Dorianne Laux, Kiki Petrosino, Raymod Antrobus, and Sharon Olds for discussion.

Free

Workshop: Art of Writing Suspense with Kerry Peresta

Online - ZOOM

In this workshop, we will explore how to write a cliff-hanger and how to know when to wrap up a scene. We'll also discuss the importance of complex characters and how to lop off those wonderful setting descriptions and cling to the action. We will discover as writers how to write our own page-turners.

$45

Workshop: Pitching Personal Essays and Op-Eds with Beverly Willett

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to craft your pitches for personal essays and op-eds, and lift them out of the slush pile. Op-eds are not just for PhDs, celebrities, and those with discrete technical knowledge. Everyone has an expertise and we’ll explore how to find yours.

$45

Workshop (Part One): Find Your Storyteller’s Voice with Telling Trails

Online - ZOOM

This special pair of workshops is designed to engage with writers and creators searching for their storytelling voice. Instructor Iris Jackson will share experiences from her Telling Trails photos, poems, and writings, providing time for comments and conversation, with the goal of students creating and sharing their own narratives.

$60

Workshop: How to Publish Your Book with Mary T. Jacobs

Online - ZOOM

In this workshop, Mary will share the stories beyond her books, including how she developed and published them. Through Mary's stories of the missteps she took, the lessons she learned, and the approaches which now guide her publishing journey, she will offer advice and guidance for writers seeking to craft and publish their own books.

$45

Workshop (Part Two): Find Your Storyteller’s Voice with Telling Trails

Online - ZOOM

This special pair of workshops is designed to engage with writers and creators searching for their storytelling voice. Instructor Iris Jackson will share experiences from her Telling Trails photos, poems, and writings, providing time for comments and conversation, with the goal of students creating and sharing their own narratives.

$60

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Workshop (Part 1): Demystifying the Poetic Form with Charlene Spearen

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

Poetry 101 is a free two-part in-person introductory poetry writing workshop led by Charlene Spearen at the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center. Part I will explore not only examples of artistic expression in Conroy’s work but also the art of writing haikus, sonnets, as well as pastoral and ballad poetry as a vehicle of imaginative awareness.

Free

Workshop: How to Publish Your Book with Mary T. Jacobs

Online - ZOOM

In this workshop, Mary will share the stories beyond her books, including how she developed and published them. Through Mary's stories of the missteps she took, the lessons she learned, and the approaches which now guide her publishing journey, she will offer advice and guidance for writers seeking to craft and publish their own books.

$45

Workshop (Part 2): Imaginative Awareness and Risky Business with Charlene Spearen

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

Poetry 101 is a free two-part in-person introductory poetry writing workshop led by Charlene Spearen at the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center. In Part 2 participants will learn how to cross barriers and take risks as they create poems that move their audience deeply into their own individual worlds and experiences.

Free

2022 Festival Day One

Beaufort, SC

The annual Conroy Festival began as Pat Conroy’s 70th birthday celebration in October 2015 and now continues as an annual signature event of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center. The festival is made possible each year by a generous gift from the Robert S. Handler Trust and through collaborations with a pantheon of community partners

2022 Festival Day Two

Beaufort, SC

The annual Conroy Festival began as Pat Conroy’s 70th birthday celebration in October 2015 and now continues as an annual signature event of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center. The festival is made possible each year by a generous gift from the Robert S. Handler Trust and through collaborations with a pantheon of community partners

2022 Festival Day Three

Beaufort, SC

The annual Conroy Festival began as Pat Conroy’s 70th birthday celebration in October 2015 and now continues as an annual signature event of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center. The festival is made possible each year by a generous gift from the Robert S. Handler Trust and through collaborations with a pantheon of community partners

Workshop: Creating Couplets and Ekphrastic Poetry with Glenis Redmond

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

SC Academy of Authors inductee, Upstate South Carolina poet, and teaching artist Glenis Redmond explores the power of poetry through the legacy of David Drake, also known as Dave the Potter, an enslaved potter-poet from Aiken, South Carolina.

$45

Workshop: Creating Your Writing Practice

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

UPDATE: This workshop is now Sold Out. Four award-winning novelists--Mindy Friddle, Rebecca T. Godwin, J.C. Sasser, and Michel Stone--will share their instructive insights on how to cultivate resilience, stoke your creativity, and find success as a writer.

$45
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