Founded in 2016 to honor the legendary author of Prince of Tides, the Pat Conroy Literary Center has a mission.
The Center aspires to educate, inspire and empower readers, writers and teachers in the Lowcountry and beyond. It was originally located in a 700-square-foot historic house in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina, where Conroy lived the last few years of his life. Today the center resides in a 3,000-square-foot former bank building that houses a growing collection of Conroy memorabilia, The Center offers space for book clubs, readings, master classes, talks by local and visiting authors. They also offer other programs to engage the community in the power of the written word. The Pat Conroy Literary Center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Conroy’ enchanting descriptions of the Lowcountry and his mesmerizing storytelling ability made him a literary celebrity.
Founders consider the Center a fitting legacy to the man who devoted his life to spreading a love of literature and generously teaching, supporting, encouraging, advocating and mentoring storytellers of all kinds. The Center’s signature annual event, the Pat Conroy Literary Festival, takes place every October. It features writer panels and book signings, live performances, film screenings, readings and workshops.
The Center is actively seeking donations to expand its programming, offer scholarships and conduct outreach to local schools and libraries. For more information or to make a donation, call (843) 379-7025 or visit patconroyliterarycenter.org.