The inaugural Pat Conroy Literary Festival will celebrate Place as Character and Muse in Southern Literature.
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 and culture. To be held this October 20–23, our immersive multi-day gathering features writer panels and book signings, live dramatic performances, film screenings, author lunches and receptions, readings, tours, an art exhibition, 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 2016 festival theme is Place as Character and Muse in Southern Literature, a concept reflected in all of this year's programs—and also honoring our host city of Beaufort and the iconic Carolina lowcountry which served as Conroy's beloved home and inspiration.
The Pat Conroy Literary Festival is presented in collaboration between the University of South Carolina Press and the USCB Center for the Arts, with generous support from a pantheon of organizational partners, sponsors, presenters, and our amazing attendees. We look forward to seeing all of you in beautiful Beaufort by the sea this October 20 to 23.
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Jonathan Haupt, festival director and University of South Carolina Press director
Ellen Malphrus, festival deputy director and University of South Carolina Beaufort professor of English
Bonnie Hargrove, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts executive director