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Workshop: Tell Me a Story… in Verse: The Continuing Appeal of Narrative Poetry

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

“Well, if I’m Athena, you’re my Apollo—the god of poetry, truth, and music. Your natural language is poetry. You write sentences that are like an incantation. You observe every nuance of human behavior and dig deep down to the truth, presenting it in all its glorious and stubborn complexity.”—Barbra Streisand, letter to Pat Conroy (2015) According to Pat Conroy, “the most powerful words in English are ‘Tell me a story.’” But to tell a story most powerfully, most memorably, he well understood that we need [...]

$25

Panel discussion: Pat Conroy’s Story River Books Novelists

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

This panel features books with themes of education and learning. Panel Members: Bren McClain, Nicole Seitz, and Deno Trakas Moderator: Novelist Ellen Malphrus Advance registration required, this is a ticketed event - Buy Tickets Here

$10

Reading: Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry

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

Reading featuring Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry editor Daniel Cross Turner and teaching poets Kate Daniels, Ray McManus, and Adam Vines introduced by poet Tim Conroy. Ticket information: This is a ticketed event - Buy Tickets Here  

$10

Workshop: Writing and Illustrating for the Children’s Book Market

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

Have you ever thought about writing a children’s book? Or illustrating one? How hard can it be to create a successful 32-page picture book? Let’s find out. Join children’s book author and artist (and Pat Conroy’s daughter) Melissa Conroy as she shares instructive stories from her own paths to publication and discusses the children’s book market as she was experienced as both the author and artist of Poppy’s Pants and also the author of Grandma Is an Author. Open to interested creators at any level [...]

$25

Panel discussion: Teaching Pat Conroy’s Writing at the Citadel

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

This panel features Teaching Pat Conroy’s Writing at the Citadel . Panel Members: Citadel English professors Sean Heuston, Michael Livingston, and Lauren Rule Maxwell Moderator: Pat Conroy biographer Catherine Seltzer Advance registration required, this is a ticketed event - Buy Tickets Here

$10

Screening: The Lords of Discipline and more…

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

Screening of The Lords of Discipline, adapted from Pat Conroy’s novel—featuring the public premier of the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s new short video created by filmmakers Daniel Monico and Luke Parker Bowls, as introduced by Luke Parker Bowles. Advanced registration required, this is a ticketed event and includes screening, reunion panel, and reception FRIDAY BUNDLE TICKET: Use this one ticket for 3 events: 1. Movie Screening of the Lords of Discipline 2. Citadel Class of 1967 Reunion Panel Discussion 3. Reception and Book Signing at [...]

$45

Panel discussion: Citadel Class of 1967 Reunion Discussion

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

This panel features Citadel Class of 1967 Reunion discussion, featuring Pat Conroy’s Citadel classmates . Panel Members: Scott Graber and John Warley Moderator: Writer and Citadel research fellow Maggie Schein Advanced registration required, this is a ticketed event and includes screening, reunion panel, and reception FRIDAY BUNDLE TICKET: Use this one ticket for 3 events: 1. Movie Screening of the Lords of Discipline 2. Citadel Class of 1967 Reunion Panel Discussion 3. Reception and Book Signing at the Pat Conroy Literary Center Buy Bundle Ticket Here

$45

Panel discussion: Children’s Authors and Artists Panel

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

This panel features children’s authors and artists followed by a book signing. Panel Members: Melissa Conroy, Florence Minor, and Wendell Minor Moderator: Kim Shealy Jeffcoat, director of the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy This is a ticketed event - Buy Tickets here

$10

Workshop: Creative Organization for Writers

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

Finding time for writing is a challenge for many, so let’s learn to make the most of limited time through being better organized for creativity. This class offers productivity advice and tools on how to get started and keep going for maximum creative flow and minimum technical frustration. Novelist and writing teacher and consultant Stephanie Austin Edwards will guide participants through making and maintaining a writing schedule; organizing documents and files for consistent easy access; formatting work for submission to editors, agents, and publishers; discussing [...]

$25

Conversation: The Transformative Power of Education in the Life of Robert Smalls

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

The Transformative Power of Education in the Life of Robert Smalls, features Cate Lineberry, author of Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero, in conversation with Michael Boulware Moore, president and CEO of International African American Museum and great-great grandson of Robert Smalls, introduced by Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor commissioner Victoria Smalls, followed by a book signing. Ticket information: Advance registration required, ticketed event - Buy Tickets Here

$15

Screening: Corridor of Shame: The Neglect of South Carolina’s Rural Schools

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

Screening of Corridor of Shame: The Neglect of South Carolina’s Rural Schools (featuring a video introduction by Pat Conroy), presented by filmmaker Bud Ferillo  Ticket information: Advance registration required, ticketed event - Buy Tickets Here

$10

Workshop: Book Publishing & Marketing – An Insider’s Guide

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

You’ve written a book! Now what? Rockelle Henderson, a New York publishing insider and founder of the Bluffton Book Festival will outline the steps toward publishing successfully among today’s many options. This workshop will teach writers how to position their books for the appropriate target audience by first understanding and committing to that audience. The class offers insight into what it really means to be published in a market in which publication can take an increasing number of forms, and how marketing and distribution play [...]

$25

Panel discussion: Cookbook Author Panel

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

This panel features Debbi Covington, Nathalie Dupree, Matt and Ted Lee (The Lee Bros.), and Sallie Ann Robinson. A book signing follows. Moderator: Southern writer Ellen Malphrus Ticket information: Advance registration required, ticketed event - Buy Tickets Here

$15

Performance: the musical Conrack

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

Performance of the musical Conrack, written and directed by Granville Burgess, produced by Bonnie Hargrove, presented by the Beaufort Community Theater and featuring an all-local cast. Based on the book The Water Is Wide, by Pat Conroy. Advance registration required, ticketed event includes Musical, Conversation with William Dufford and Cake Reception & Book Signing SATURDAY BUNDLE TICKET: Use this one ticket for 3 events: 1. Conrack, the Musical 2. William E Dufford in conversion with Carl B. Epps III 3. Cake reception and book signing [...]

$40

Conversation: William E. Dufford and Carl B. Epps III

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

Pat Conroy’s Beaufort High School principal William E. Dufford, author of My Tour through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist’s Memoir, in conversation with his former student, attorney Carl B. Epps III. Advance registration required, ticketed event includes Musical, Conversation with William Dufford and Cake Reception & Book Signing SATURDAY BUNDLE TICKET: Use this one ticket for 3 events: 1. Conrack, the Musical 2. William E Dufford in conversion with Carl B. Epps III 3. Cake reception and book signing Buy Bundle Ticket Here

$40

Reception and Book Signing: Cake reception with William E. Dufford

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

Cake reception and book signing with William E. Dufford. Advance registration required, ticketed event includes Musical, Conversation with William Dufford and Cake Reception & Book Signing SATURDAY BUNDLE TICKET: Use this one ticket for 3 events: 1. Conrack, the Musical 2. William E Dufford in conversion with Carl B. Epps III 3. Cake reception and book signing Buy Bundle Ticket Here

$40

Book Fair: Children’s Authors & Artists Book Fair

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

Children’s Authors & Artists Book Fair featuring Melissa Conroy and lowcountry children’s book authors and artists Patricia (Nolia) Biggerstaff,  Amey Lewis, Katie Stagliano, Nina Leipold, and others. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Free

Performance: Final performance of the musical Conrack

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

Final performance of the musical Conrack, written and directed by Granville Burgess, produced by Bonnie Hargrove, presented by the Beaufort Community Theater and featuring an all-local cast. Based on the book The Water Is Wide, by Pat Conroy. Please note that Pat Conroy Literary Festival passes include admittance to the Saturday, October 21, performance. Tickets for the Sunday, October 22, performance must be purchased separately through the USCB Center for the Arts box office. Ticket information: Advance registration required, ticketed event - Buy Tickets Here

$30

Workshop: Welcome to Travel Writing

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

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a globetrotting travel journalist—or what it takes to become one? Travel journalists Lynn and Cele Seldon (www.seldonink.com) have the answers. With more than 45 years of experience between them, the Seldons travel the globe and average more than 100 feature articles annually for a wide variety of publications

$30

Workshop: Write into Your Heart – Look Within and Grow

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

You already have all the answers to the questions that arise on your life’s path. Does hearing this make your eyes roll…especially when you’re trying to answer one of those seemingly unsolvable questions on the road to emotional, mental and spiritual growth?

$30

Workshop: Creative Organization for Writers

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

Finding time for writing is a challenge for many, so let’s learn to make the most of limited time through being better organized for creativity. This class offers productivity advice and tools on how to get started and keep going for maximum creative flow and minimum technical frustration.

$30

Workshop: More than One Write Way – Independent Publishing

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

Innovative changes in publishing options available to authors and would-be authors make this an exciting time to be a writer and a reader. The self-publishing industry offers independent writers the opportunity to retain creative control and rights to their work.

$30

Workshop: Celebrating Southern Cooking – Demo and Luncheon – SOLD OUT

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

Join caterer and cookbook author Debbi Covington for a gourmet boxed luncheon and cooking demonstration featuring some of her favorite lowcountry recipes. You’ll get to sample some southern oldies-but-goodies with new twists, be privy to easy shortcut secrets...

$50

Workshop: Life Stories – Approaches to Memoir Writing, Part 1 -SOLD OUT

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

"The strands are all there: to the memory nothing is ever really lost," Eudora Welty says, and memoir writing is a great way to discover and explore some of the strands in the rich tapestry of memory we all carry. These two sessions will introduce you to the process of writing memoir by focusing on an important person or moment in your life.

$50

Workshop: Introduction to Screenwriting

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

Chris Offutt has written screenplays for the award-winning cable TV series True Blood, Treme, and Weeds. Offutt’s Screenwriting Basics workshop offers participants an overview of the skills necessary to write a successful screenplay for TV or film. Topics will include (but are not limited to): software and formatting, techniques for using...

$30

Workshop: Tiny Cracks – Writing for Character Development – SOLD OUT

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

Here’s the deal: Any one thing contains its opposite. It’s true of characters, too. No one is all good or all bad. All weak or all strong. I got this expression from Pulitzer-Prize winning author Rick Bragg, who used it in an interview about his biography of rock n’ roller...

$30

Workshop: Pat Conroy – The Book Collector

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

Learn how Pat Conroy became a book collector and what you need to know to become one too. Immortalized in Conroy’s My Reading Life, Cliff Graubart of the Old New York Book Shop treats you to the ins and outs of collecting, how to spot a first edition, and the pitfalls to avoid when...

$30

Workshop: Life Stories – Approaches to Memoir Writing, Part 2 – SOLD OUT

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

"The strands are all there: to the memory nothing is ever really lost," Eudora Welty says, and memoir writing is a great way to discover and explore some of the strands in the rich tapestry of memory we all carry. These two sessions will introduce you to the process of writing memoir by focusing on an important person or moment in your life.

$50

The Red Clay Ramblers

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

Join us for a BBQ reception and cash bar, followed by a musical performance by the Tony Award-winning North Carolina string band The Red Clay Ramblers who appears prominently in Pat Conroy’s novel Beach Music...

$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: 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
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