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Pat Conroy Festival: Workshop Finding a Storytelling Voice

Online Virtual Event Online, Beaufort, SC

Whether you're writing a novel, a memoir, stories, or narrative nonfiction, the voice you use to tell your story is crucial. We'll look at examples of great storytelling voices, including the inimitable Pat Conroy's, and try out short scenes in different voices.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: Before We Were Writers Panel Discussion

Online Virtual Event Online, Beaufort, SC

Broadway dancer. Undercover FBI agent. Urban planner. U.S. Army Special Forces officer. This group of novelists lived interesting lives before deciding to pursue their dreams of becoming fulltime writers.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Workshop Writing What Haunts

Online Virtual Event Online, Beaufort, SC

Exploring the work of poets Robert Hayden, Terrance Hayes, Sonia Sanchez, and others, we will find avenues into writing what we work so hard to keep locked away.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: Characters Who Grow from Where They’re Planted

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC

Guided brainstorming will be implemented to build characters for our fiction work; we’ll practice with timed drills to flesh out aspects of their personality and generate possible plot angles. After writing examples of these aspects of character, participants will read some of their work and give each other feedback; Participants will leave with tangible detail of at least one character that will enable them to begin constructing a story or fleshing out a character in a novel or short story.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: The Healing Art

Online Virtual Event Online, Beaufort, SC

Research has shown that mindful reflection and a daily writing practice can facilitate the immediate processing of our emotions, even during the most turbulent times.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival Author Event: Remembering Dorothea Benton Frank

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 711 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

As part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, we will host a panel discussion remembering bestselling and beloved novelist Dorothea Benton Frank and her special friendship with Pat Conroy, featuring contributing writers to Reunion Beach: Cassandra King, Patti Callahan, Marjory Wentworth, and Gervais Hagerty

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Songwriting with Jennifer Daniels & Jeff Neal

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC

Join Jennifer Daniels and Jeff Neal for ninety minutes of fast-paced, interactive tips and tricks for songwriting. We'll run exercises that will empower you to pursue your own unique voice with confidence.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival Book Signing: Jennifer Daniels Neal & Estelle Ford-Williamson

NeverMore Bookstore 910 Port Republic Street, Beaufort, SC

Presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Festival as a First Friday special event at NeverMore Books, meet singer/songwriter/novelist Jennifer Daniels Neal, author of The Locke Box, and local novelist Estelle Ford-Williamson, author of Rising Fawn. This is an in-person book signing at NeverMore Books in downtown Beaufort.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Young Writers Reading with Holland Perryman

Online Virtual Event Online, Beaufort, SC

Presented as part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, we will host a reading by some of the young writers and artists who participated in our 4th annual Camp Conroy summer camp, reading their work from To Be Free, the 2021 Camp Conroy anthology. They will be joined by the winner of the 2nd annual Ann Head Literary Prize for Short Story at Beaufort High School, Holland Perryman.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival Author Event: Jennifer Daniels Neal & Estelle Ford-Williamson

Technical College of the Lowcountry 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC

Singer/songwriter Jennifer Daniels Neal is the author of the debut novel The Locke Box AND the inspiration for a character in Estelle Ford-Williamson's novel Rising Fawn. Join Jennifer and Estelle for a conversation about their books and the intersections of their writing lives.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Poetry as Superpower

Technical College of the Lowcountry 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC

Learn how poets slow down time, travel back into the past, reflect the world, and illuminate stories previously invisible. In this workshop, we explore the benefits of poetry for readers, writers, and communities.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: Sense of Place

Technical College of the Lowcountry 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC

In this workshop, we will navigate multi-sensory poems, play with poetic synesthesia, and explore a writer's sensorium to activate your creative writing.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival Author Event: Author & Photographer Andrew Feiler

Technical College of the Lowcountry 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC

Presented as part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, join photographer and author Andrew Feiler for an in-person presentation on his newest book, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Creating the Discipline

Technical College of the Lowcountry 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC

So you want to be a professional writer? Join us as we share the tools we use to win the battle we all love so much—getting the stories and poems out of our heads, onto the page, and into publication.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival Author Event: Conversation with Ashley M. Jones, Anjali Enjeti, and Cinelle Barnes, in partnership with DAYLO

Technical College of the Lowcountry 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC

As part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, Beaufort High School's DAYLO (Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization) will host a conversation with Hub City Press authors Cinelle Barnes (A Measure of Belonging), Anjali Enjeti (The Parted Earth), and Ashley M. Jones (Reparations, Now!). This session will be moderated by DAYLO members Holland Perryman, Alisha Arora, and Millie Bennett.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival Author Event: Carrie McCray Nickens Poetry Fellowship Reading

Technical College of the Lowcountry 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC

As part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, we will host the Carrie McCray Nickens Poetry Fellowship Reading featuring fellowship winner Elizabeth Robin and finalists Miho Kinnas, Derek Berry, Danielle Verwers, Ann-Chadwell Humphries, and Yvette R. Murray, moderated by Ellen Malphrus, USCB writer in residence.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival Open Mic Night with Ashley M. Jones

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 711 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC

The Pat Conroy Literary Festival's Open Mic Night will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual readings, headlined by Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones, author of Reparations, Now!, and featuring fellow festival presenting authors.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival Author Event: Patti Callahan in Conversation with Margaret Evans

Lowcountry Presbyterian Church - Bluffton, SC 10 Simmonsville Rd., Bluffton, SC

As part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, bestselling author Patti Callahan will discuss her newest book, Once Upon a Wardrobe, in conversation with Lowcountry Weekly publisher Margaret Evans at and in partnership with Lowcountry Presbyterian Church of Bluffton.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Personal Growth through Journaling

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC

What do we invite into our life? Let's frolic in the creation of a fruitful, customized practice to observe and write in ways that welcome and celebrate opportunities for peace, passion and joy!

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: Make a Scene, Why Don’t You!

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC

Scenes are the building blocks of stories and novels. Mastering scene-writing is a powerful way to develop characters and to increase tension and suspense. In this workshop, you will gain a deeper understanding of how you can use scenes, alongside summary, to build stories and novels that have dramatic power and emotional impact.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: Willie Morris Award Winners Panel

USC Beaufort Center for the Arts 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

Panel discussion with four winners of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction: Nathan Harris (The Sweetness of Water), De’Shawn Charles Winslow (In West Mills), Bren McClain (One Good Mama Bone), and Mindy Friddle (Secret Keepers).

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: The Water Is Wide Panel

USC Beaufort Center for the Arts 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

Honoring the 50th anniversary of Pat Conroy’s 1972 teaching memoir The Water Is Wide, the panel discussion will include Conroy’s Daufuskie Island student turned celebrity chef and cultural historian Sallie Ann Robinson, historian Larry Rowland, and two of Conroy’s teaching colleagues, George Westerfield and Peter Walter, moderated by Ellen Malphrus

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Conrack Film Screening

USC Beaufort Center for the Arts 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

FILM SCREENING OF CONRACK, also featuring live vocal performances by Marlena Smalls, teacher recognitions, and a new scholarship announcement, at the USC Beaufort Center for the Arts

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Fiction Can Fix Things

Pat Conroy Literary Center 601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC

This is a generative workshop, so bring your "what really happened" and let's apply some real pressure. Let's put your characters in the driver's seat and see what they're capable of. I'm telling you -- that's the sweet, sweet glory.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: Memoirist Judy Goldman

Zoom

Judy Goldman, author of the memoir Child, live-streamed on the Conroy Center’s Facebook page and also accessible on Zoom with advance registration.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Novelist Thrity Umrigar

USC Beaufort Center for the Arts 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

Thrity Umrigar, author of the novel Honor, in conversation with Margaret Evans. Book signing to follow, at the USC Beaufort Center for the Arts

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Novelist George Dawes Green

USC Beaufort Center for the Arts 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

George Dawes Green, author of the novel The Kingdoms of Savannah, in conversation with Scott Graber. Book signing to follow, at the USC Beaufort Center for the Arts.

Free

Pat Conroy Festival: Kick-Start Your Manuscript

USC Beaufort Center for the Arts 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

Thinking of writing a book? Whether you’re contemplating a novel, a memoir, or a collection of stories, embarking on a book-length manuscript of prose can be daunting.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: An Evening of Storytelling and Music

USC Beaufort Center for the Arts 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

STORYTELLING EVENT: With Moth founder George Dawes Green, featuring MC Jon Goode, Scott Gibbs and the Beaufort Mass Choir, Steve Faulkner of Alibis, Peter Zamuka, and several local storytellers.

$25

Pat Conroy Festival: Hunting Island Trail Walk

Hunting Island State Park 2555 Sea Island Parkway, St Helena Island, SC

Whether it’s your first time in the forest, or you’re an avid nature-lover, learn techniques to deepen your personal ease and heighten your connection with the intuitive guidance within nature.

$100

Pat Conroy Festival: Memories to Memoir

Zoom

Award-winning writer and veteran workshop instructor, Judy Goldman, will tell you everything you need to know to begin writing memoir — or, if you’re already engaged in writing memoir, how to take your work to a deeper level.

$45

Pat Conroy Festival: Children’s Authors Panel

Lowcountry Presbyterian Church - Bluffton, SC 10 Simmonsville Rd., Bluffton, SC

Children’s Authors Rebecca Dwight Bruff (Stars of Wonder) and Susan Montanari (The Halloween Tree) in conversation with Sally Sue Lavigne of the Storybook Shoppe.

Free
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