Unless otherwise noted, all events are ticketed and held at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts (805 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC). For ticketing information and purchases, visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com after July 1, 2016, and click on Shows & Tickets.

Thank you to our sponsors , partners, and presenters, without whom the festival would not be possible.

THURSDAY, 10/20/16

9:30–11:00 a.m. (Ticketed)
Writers' Workshop #1, Putting Your Passion in Print: How to Share Your Vision and Influence with a Greater Audience with Shari Stauch and Bren McClain (This workshop will be held in classroom space at the USCB Center for the Arts.)

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
USCB Lunch with Authors Series featuring Mary Alice Monroe (A Lowcountry Wedding and A Lowcountry Christmas) and Ron Rash (The Risen, Above the Waterfall, and Poems: New and Selected). Location: USMC Air Station Officers Club

2:00–3:30 p.m. (Ticketed)
Writers' Workshop #2, The Power of Connection: Putting Your 90% Factor to Work for You with Shari Stauch and Bren McClain (This workshop will be held in classroom space at the USCB Center for the Arts.)

2:00–4:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Bus Tour of Pat Conroy's Beaufort, with Bernie Schein and Maggie Schein, hosted by and ticketed through Historic Beaufort Foundation, http://historicbeaufort.org, 843-379-3331. (This tour will depart from the USCB Center for the Arts; tickets must be purchased in advance.)

4:00–5:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
A Rash of Stories, performed by actress Barbara Bates Smith with musician Jeff Sebens, featuring scenes from Ron Rash's short stories "Lincolnites," "Burning Bright," "Casualties and Survivors," and "The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth"

5:00–7:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Film screening of The World Made Straight,adapted from Ron Rash's novel, with opening short film "Yard of the Month," adapted from Rash's short story, shown in partnership with the Beaufort Film Society

7:00–8:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Discussion with Ron Rash moderated by Ellen Malphrus

8:00–9:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Opening reception and book signing with Ron Rash


FRIDAY, 10/21/16

8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Daufuskie Island Tour with Sallie Ann Robinson, hosted by and ticketed through Historic Beaufort Foundation, http://historicbeaufort.org, 843-379-3331. (This tour departs from Hilton Head Island. The location will be shared with participants when they purchase tickets in advance.)

9:30–11:00 a.m. (FREE)
Summoning the Dead: A Discussion of the Writings of Ron Rash featuring southern literary scholars Jesse Graves, Daniel Cross Turner, Randall Wilhelm, and Zackary Vernon

9:30–11:00 a.m. (Ticketed)
Writers' Workshop #3, Part I, Life Stories: Approaches to Memoir Writing with Pam Durban (This workshop will be held in classroom space at the USCB Center for the Arts.)

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
USCB Lunch with Authors Series featuring Jill McCorkle (Life after Life) and Elizabeth Cox (A Question of Mercy). Location: Belfair Plantation, Bluffton

2:00–3:30 p.m. (Ticketed)
Writers' Workshop #4, From Stone to Gemstone: Revising, Editing, and Polishing Your Manuscript with Carla Damron (This workshop will be held in classroom space at the USCB Center for the Arts.)

2:00–3:30 p.m. (FREE)
Panel discussion with contributors to State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love featuring editor Aïda Rogers with Ronald Daise, Nathalie Dupree, Margaret Shinn Evans, Shani Gilchrist, Josephine Humphreys, and Ben McC. Moïse

3:30–4:00 p.m.
Book signing

4:00–5:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Beaufort in the Age of Pat Conroy: A talk by historian Lawrence S. Rowland

5:00–5:30 p.m.
Book signing

6:00–7:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Performance Reading of Sounds of the Cigar Factory, featuring an all local cast with special appearance by Ronald Daise, introduced by author Michele Moore

7:00–7:30 p.m.
Book signing

7:00–9:00 p.m. (FREE)

Open House at the Pat Conroy Literary Center (308 Charles Street). See materials from the USC Libraries Pat Conroy Archive and the Conroy family personal collections, a screening of Pat Conroy video clips provided by the Beaufort Film Society, and a preview of programs coming from the Center in 2017. Light refreshments will be served. www.patconroyliterarycenter.org


SATURDAY, 10/22/16

9:30–11:00 a.m. (Ticketed)
Writers' Workshop #3, Part II, Life Stories: Approaches to Memoir Writing with Pam Durban (This workshop will be held in classroom space at the USCB Center for the Arts.)

10:00–11:00 a.m. (FREE)
Lowcountry Local Favorites Panel featuring James McTeer II (Minnow), Ellen Malphrus (Untying the Moon), Sallie Ann Robinson (Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way), and Nicole Seitz (When You Pass through Waters), moderated by John Warley

11:00–11:30 a.m.
Book signing

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.  (FREE)
Poetry and Prose Reading from Found Anew featuring Ray McManus, Pam Durban, Susan Laughter Meyers, Mark Powell, and Marjory Wentworth

12:45–1:15 p.m. 
Book signing

1:00–2:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Video screening of the Conroy Family Panel from the Pat Conroy at 70 festival (Box lunches included)

2:00–3:00 p.m. (FREE)
Story River Books panel with novelists Katherine Clark (The Harvard Bride), Carla Damron (The Stone Necklace), Michele Moore (The Cigar Factory), and Elizabeth Cox (A Question of Mercy), moderated by Jonathan Haupt

3:00–3:30 p.m. 
Book signing

3:30–5:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Carolina Writers at Home panel with photographer Rob McDonald and contributors Elizabeth Cox, Josephine Humphreys, and Jill McCorkle.

5:00–5:30 p.m. 
Book signing

5:30–6:30 p.m. (Ticketed)

Pat Conroy's Lowcountry Heart: Look forward to a lively conversation between Cassandra King and moderator Ellen Malphrus (with special guests), including a discussion of and reading from A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life, the new collection by Pat Conroy, which will make its much anticipated debut at the Pat Conroy Literary Festival—before its official publication date the following week.

6:30–8:00 p.m. (Ticketed)

Closing Reception and Book Signing: The talk will be followed by a book signing and a reception celebrating the writing life of Pat Conroy and the release of his new book A Lowcountry Heart. Join us for heavy hors devours, wine, beer, soft drinks, and a very special cake. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Pat Conroy Literary Center.


SUNDAY, 10/23/16

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
USCB Lunch with Authors Series featuring Dorothea Benton Frank (All Summer Long) and Cassandra King (Moonrise). Location: The Carolina Room at the Dataw Island Club

2:00–4:00 p.m. (Ticketed)
Bus Tour of Pat Conroy's Beaufort, with Bernie Schein and Maggie Schein, hosted by and ticketed through Historic Beaufort Foundation, http://historicbeaufort.org, 843-379-3331. (This tour will depart from the USCB Center for the Arts; tickets must be purchased in advance.)