The Transformative Power of Education
The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival will be held on October 19–22 in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina. Join us as we celebrate Pat Conroy’s legacy as student and teacher through this year’s festival theme of The Transformative Power of Education.
Extending the remarkable conversations and experiences which began at the Pat Conroy at 70 festival and birthday celebration in October 2015, the Pat Conroy Literary Festival will continue to honor the writing life of Pat Conroy (1945–2016) in his adopted hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina. As an annual event, the Conroy Festival will also expand the circle to include larger discussions of Southern literature, life, and culture.
Our immersive multi-day gathering features writer panels and book signings, live dramatic performances, film screenings, receptions, readings, tours, exhibitions, and a series of instructive workshops for writers, all centered around the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts.
Each year the festival will highlight a different theme from Pat Conroy’s writing life. The 2017 festival theme, the Transformative Power of Education, is reflected in this year’s programs, recalling Pat Conroy’s lines from The Prince of Tides (spoken by Tom Wingo and reverberating in Pat’s lowcountry heart as well):
“There is no word in the language I revere more than ‘teacher.’ My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I’ve honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.”–The Prince of Tides
The Pat Conroy Literary Festival is presented in partnership between the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the USCB Center for the Arts, with generous support from a pantheon of sponsors, partners, presenters, and our amazing attendees. We look forward to seeing all of you in beautiful Beaufort by the sea this October 19–22.