Join Us in the Storied Lowcountry for the 8th Annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival – 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.
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 Sayers, Sean Heuston, and Ellen Malphrus; and many more.
The 8th Annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival is made possible by the generous support and collaboration of
- Robert S. Handler Charitable Trust
- South Carolina Arts Commission
- Oyster Cay Collection
- Eugene A. Rugala & Associates
- Patricia A. Denkler
- Hahn Family Wines
- Lowcountry Real Estate
- The Cunningham Team – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
- Bank of America
- Bay Street Jewelers
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.