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Hilton Head Island, SC – Town Center

Although Pat Conroy (1945-2016), the beloved author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Water Is Wide, served as a classroom educator for little more than three years, he remained a teacher and mentor to his fellow writers throughout his lifetime. In this presentation, see Conroy in action as a teacher through representative remembrances of him excerpted and contextualized from essays by the 67 contributors to the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, edited by Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt. This presentation also features an exhibition of Seitz’s portraits of the writers and additional excerpts from their essays, on display at Hilton Head Island Town Center as part of the Crescendo arts festival.

This two-hour presentation by Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt is open to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members. Registration will begin in September at

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About our Presenter:

Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the founding director of the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press. He serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and on the advisory board of the South Carolina Humanities and the affiliates steering committee of the American Writers Museum. Haupt’s book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier; Lowcountry Weekly; Fall Lines; Pink magazine; Beaufort Lifestyle magazine; Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine; and the Conroy Center’s Porch Talk blog. He is co-editor with Charleston novelist and artist Nicole Seitz of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.

This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.
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