Our first Authors in Celebration of Literacy is this October 16th!

We’re hosting Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literacy Center

Admission is free, donating is greatly appreciated

As the first Authors in Celebration of Literacy program, the Palmetto Literacy Council will host Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt for a public presentation, “Pat Conroy’s Reverence for Teaching” on Saturday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m. The program will be held at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center in Surfside Beach, S.C. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for sale.

Admission is free, but donations to Palmetto Literacy Council are greatly appreciated. Sign up via email: [email protected].

Acclaimed southern storyteller Pat Conroy (1945-2016) is best remembered as the author of a dozen beloved books, including The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides. Jonathan’s presentation explores Conroy’s transformational years as a student at Beaufort High School and later as a teacher at BHS and on Daufuskie Island, as Conroy found the mentors and students who changed the course of his life and inspired his storied writing life. Included are audio and video clips, photographs, and both published and unpublished excerpts by and about Conroy (1945-2016). The program also includes a brief overview of the work of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center in honoring and continuing Conroy’s legacy as an educator.

About our Presenter: Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Conroy Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with Pat Conroy, named by Garden & Gun magazine as one of “the top ten things to love about the South.” Jonathan is co-editor of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, the recipient of seventeen-book awards. He is the host of the Live from the Pat Conroy Literary Center podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and a frequent presenter on the writing and teaching life of Pat Conroy. In 2020, Jonathan was recognized with the Doug Marlette Literacy Leadership Award presented by the Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in the U.S.

The event is made possible by a grant from South Carolina Humanities, a nonprofit organization inspiring, engaging, and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture, and heritage.

  • Learn more about the Pat Conroy Literary Center at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.
  • Learn more about South Carolina Humanities at schumanities.org.
  • Learn more about Palmetto Literacy Council at palmettoliteracy.org.

Help raise funds for our cause

While the admission is free, donations are highly appreciated. Our volunteers work hard for these events to bring the community together, any contribution you can provide helps us greatly and reinforces our cause. You can donate here or use the button below.


To improve the literacy of youth and adults in our community by teaching/tutoring basic literacy skills for those who struggle with reading, writing and/or math.


CHAIR: Dodi Hodges: [email protected]
VICE CHAIR: Shawna Roessler [email protected]
TREASURER: Maria Denney [email protected]
SECRETARY: Preston McKever-Floyd [email protected]


FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIRS: Patricia D’Ascoli [email protected], Stephanie Southworth [email protected]
TRAINING COORDINATOR: Carla Taylor [email protected]

MAILING ADDRESS: 1229 38TH Avenue North, #130 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1010 5th Avenue North Ext., Suite 101I Surfside Beach, SC 29575


OFFICE PHONE: 843-945-9278
OFFICE EMAIL: [email protected]
WEBSITE: www.palmettoliteracy.org

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