Pat Conroy Literary Festival
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Date & Time: Thu, November 4, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Coastal Discovery Museum | 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC (limited seating)
Virtual: None
Cost: Free
Advance registration required. Limited to 20 participants: NOW FULL

Led by award-winning poet and memoirist E. Ethelbert Miller, this free writers workshop will examine how writing can help one cope with a crisis. How might memoir writing serve as a “vaccine” helping to deal with loss and depression? How have events of the last several months influenced what we might want to write? During the workshop, participants will be given “literary medicine” to strengthen the imagination.

Time will be set aside to discuss recent memoirs.

The Coastal Discovery Museum will also host a free book discussion with E. Ethelbert Miller that same evening, Thursday, November 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale. See details at

Part of the Crescendo arts festival and the Pat Conroy Literary Festival, E. Ethelbert Miller’s appearances are sponsored by the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center and by a grant from South Carolina Humanities, a nonprofit organization inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

About our instructor:

E Ethelbert MillerE. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry including The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his work. His newest collection is When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and Other Baseball Stories: Poems, forthcoming in September 2021. For 17 years, Miller served as the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. His poetry has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Miller is a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel. He holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College and has taught at several universities.

Miller is host of the weekly WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV. In recent years, Miller has been inducted into the 2015 Washington DC Hall of Fame and awarded the 2016 AWP George Garret Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. In 2018, he was inducted into Gamma Xi Phi and appointed as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. He was awarded a 2020 grant by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Photos as well as  short bios of all festival presenters are on the Presenter Page.
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