“Writers of the world, if you’ve got a story, I want to hear it. I promise it will follow me to my last breath.”—Pat Conroy
To paraphrase Pat, we told many of our donors that if they had a story to share we want to hear it. How about you? If you are a donor TELL US YOUR STORY.
From the beginning of time stories have been created and shared as a way to make sense of our world. And we never outgrow the need to hear them.
Since starting The Pat Conroy Literary Center we have come to know many of our donors. And it is no surprise to us that they are both fascinating and diverse. While Pat liked telling stories, he most liked hearing them. There was never a more eloquent listener than Pat Conroy, a man who drew stories out of everyone he met. He collected them the way some collect stamps or gems; he hoarded them, and used them to sustain him through hard times. He taught us the profound importance of listening.
Many of our donors have shared with us meaningful and touching stories about Pat, about reading and writing, and about their lives. Some of these stories are below, in our “Donor Stories” section. For it is through listening to our donor friends — a far flung tribe of passionate readers and writers — that the Center can better define its mission, its challenges and its future.