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Eighth Annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, October 26-29, 2023

Join Us in the Storied Lowcountry for the 8th Annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival on October 26-29, 2023! The Pat Conroy Literary 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 8th Annual Conroy Festival will be held on Thursday, October 26, through Sunday, October 29, as a series of free and ticketed events in Beaufort, SC, featuring author discussions, writers workshops, a poetry reading, a screening of the film The Lords of Discipline, and a musical performance. The ribbon cutting for the new Witness Tree Park has been postponed to 2024.

Tickets will be available for all events but the workshops at the door

Presenting writers, poets, and instructors include bestselling authors Ron Rash (The Caretaker), Mary Alice Monroe (The Summer of Lost and Found), Mary Kay Andrews (Bright Lights, Big Christmas), Victoria Benton Frank (My Magnolia Summer), Cassandra King (Tell Me a Story), Homeira Qaderi (Dancing in the Mosque), and Mitchell Zuckoff (The Secret Gate); screenwriter Tom Pope (The Lords of Discipline); Gallery Books executive editor Carrie Feron; poets Jennifer Bartell Boykin (Traveling Mercy), Freya Manfred (When I Was Young and Old), and Tim Conroy (No True Route); English professors and literary scholars Valerie SayersSean Heuston, and Ellen Malphrus; and many more.

October 26 Schedule (click for more information on the Festival website)

12:00 pm TOURS: Pat Conroy Literary Center Pat Conroy Literary Center – Free
2:00 pm WORKSHOP: Say What? A Playful Dialogue Workshop Led by Valerie Sayers Pat Conroy Literary Center – $45

6:30 pm BOOK CLUB: My Losing Season Rhett House Inn – $10

Festival Website Links:

Events Schedule


Festival Facebook Page (where you can watch many author events)


The nonprofit Conroy Center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. (with extended hours during the festival weekend) at 601 Bladen Street in historic downtown Beaufort.

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