Beginning National Library Week, the Beaufort Human Library will be held as a free public event on Sunday, April 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., hosted by the Beaufort County Library (311 Scott St.) in partnership with the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, Beaufort High School's Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization, and community volunteers.
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In honor of National Poetry Month, join Jonathan Haupt and Beaufort High School students Holland Perryman, Alisha Arora, and Millie Bennett as they explore Pat Conroy’s lifelong relationship with poetry as a reader, as a self-described “failed poet,” and as a writer who found a creative outlet for his Great Love of poetry in his lyrical and descriptive prose.
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.
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.
Set in our beloved Beaufort, Carolina Moonset, the thrilling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Matt Goldman, will be published on Tuesday, May 31. Join us that evening, at 5:00 p.m., for a launch event at Beaufort Bookstore, presented in partnership with the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center.