• Thursday, 11/16 - FREE LECTURE SERIES in partnership with                                                                                                                THE PAT CONROY LITERARY CENTER

3:00-4:30pm / Bluffton Public Library (120 Palmetto Way)

Pat Conroy's Love of Place and of Food

presented by Ed Williams 

“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal."  --- Pat Conroy


Learn about beloved author Pat Conroy’s lowcountry heart as reflected in selections of several of his popular books. Also hear about this master southern storyteller and passionate cook through stories and recipes, particularly those that come from the bounty of the tidal waters and marshes of Beaufort County. Presented by Sun City resident Ed Williams, a retired college professor who has been a lifelong fan of Pat Conroy and has read everything Conroy has written. Prof. Williams has taught courses on Pat Conroy for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USC Beaufort for the past two years and is also a patron of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

4:30-6:00pm / Bluffton Public Library (120 Palmetto Way)

A conversation with Pat Conroy’s Story River Books featuring Cassandra King Conroy, Ellen Malphrus, Bernie Schein, and Maggie Schein, moderated by Jonathan Haupt

“Story River Books is a gift to writers and to readers.” --- Pat Conroy


Beloved southern writer Pat Conroy continued to teach long after he left the classroom, serving as a mentor, inspiration, and tribal elder to dozens of writers over his fifty-year writing career. In his final years, he volunteered to serve as editor at larger (or more accurately as “editor at larger-than-life”) of the original southern fiction imprint Story River Books, selecting and championing 22 books by a talented group of writers, both well-known and largely unknown. Join us for a lively conversation with Conroy’s widow and fellow novelist Cassandra King Conroy along with three of Story River’s Beaufort-based writers, Ellen Malphrus, author of Untying the Moon: A Novel; Bernie Schein, author of Famous All Over Town: A Novel; and Maggie Schein, author of Lost Cantos of the Ouroborous Caves, moderated by Conroy Center executive director and former publisher of Story River Books Jonathan Haupt. A book signing will follow the panel discussion.

  • Friday, 11/17 - WRITER WORKSHOPS 


       10:00-11:00am / Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce (217 Goethe Road)

       WORKSHOP #1:  Essence of Haiku presented by Miho Kinnas

       $25 | Advance registration required at https://essenceofhaiku.brownpapertickets.com/ or by phone at 843-379-7025


This poetry workshop offers the overview of the history of haiku through insightful examples written originally in Japanese and English. The participants will be engaged in the appreciation of haiku craft through thought-provoking quizzes and exercises. Participants will also be invited to write new haiku and will leave the workshop with the inspiration to read, write, and enjoy this engaging form of poetry.  Examples:

1.) Pick your favorite and tell about one thing that speaks to you.


Mirror / My face where / I left it   — Bob Baldman


The shadow in the folded napkin   — Cor Van Den Heudel


Straining at the pad lock / garage doors / at noon   — Jack Kerouac


Moss-hung trees / a deer moves into / the hunter’s silence   — Wiona Baker


Five seven and five / seventeen essential oils / for warm winter night   — Stephen Fry


2.) Compare & Contrast


Weight lifter / Slowly lifting / The tea cup   — Garry Gay


All the time I pray to Buddha / I keep on / Killing mosquitoes   — Basho


Miho Kinnas is the author of the chapbook Today, Fish Only. Born and raised in Japan, Kinnas lives on Hilton Head Island where she is a member of the Island Writers Network. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the City University of Hong Kong. Miho’s poems also appeared in Cha: Asian Literary Magazine, 24Pearl Magazine, Real Systems, and Eunoia Review, as well as The Classical Gardens of Shanghai and Quixoteca: Poems East of La Mancha. She was the translator of the poems appeared in Poetry Kanto, Star*Line, and a tri-lingual anthology of haiku, Equatorial Calm.

12:00-1:00pm / Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce (217 Goethe Street)

WORKSHOP #2:  Storyboard South Carolina Writing Workshop: Everybody Has a Story. What’s Yours? presented by Susan Kammeraad-Campbell

$15 | Advance registration required at https://storyboardsc.brownpapertickets.com/ or by phone at 843-379-7025

Few people have a whole book in them, but everyone has life stories—moments of their lives, begging to be captured and shared. Author and publisher Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, creator of Storyboard America, will help you tap into your memories and creativity and show you how you can write your story one “pearl” at a time. Through innovative, often playful, methods developed by Kammeraad-Campbell, participants will be amazed at what percolates to the surface and onto the page. Editorial guidance, publication and broadcast are features of the Storyboard experience. The Storyboard editorial team will help you polish your pearl and record you reading it for potential broadcast on South Carolina public radio. Storyboard South Carolina is going live on public radio in 2017 with twice-weekly broadcasts of Storyboard moments. For more information, go to www.storyboardamerica.org.

An award-winning author and editor of more than 30 books of fiction and non-fiction, Susan Kammeraad-Campbell has spent her career helping others reach their creative potential. Her book, Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School, was made into an NBC movie of the week called A Town Torn Apart. Her book Edisto River: Black Water Crown Jewel has won seven national writing and design awards. She is publisher and editor in chief of Joggling Board Press, based in Summerville, South Carolina, an independent publishing company dedicated to the production of stories that matter. Storyboard grew out of her belief that our stories help us make sense of our world; they tell us who we were, who we are and who we can be.

1:30-2:30pm / Bluffton Boundary Cultural Arts Center (21 Boundary Street)

WORKSHOP #3:  Tapping Your Creative Genius: A Workshop for Fostering Inspiration presented by Susan Madison

$25 | Advance registration required at https://creativegenius.brownpapertickets.com/ or by phone at 843-379-7025


Are you stuck on a strictly a surface level in your writing or other artistic engagement? Have you become complacent in your creativity? You are not alone. Artists of all disciplines often get in a rut. This can occur when we find a formula that works for us but doesn’t also challenge and expand our sense of self. Reconnecting with our creative genius brings us deeper into both our inner child and our higher mind. When we tap the creative genius within, our work can soar to new heights. Join River Journey Guide Susan Madison in this empowering workshop and learn how to use both practical and meditative techniques to create from a joyful and unrestrictive artistic experience for yourself.


Writer, artist, and creativity coach Susan Madison is a resident of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, and a native of Chicago, where she studied fiction and poetry at Columbia College. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul, her chapbook i can’t sing the blues, and Gullah Paths: Voices from the Past. Madison is a member of the Gullah Africa Diaspora Artists Guild and the Low Country Spirit Writers.

3:00-4:00pm / Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce (217 Goethe Road)

WORKSHOP #4:  Book Marketing Essentials presented by Stephanie Austin Edwards

$25 | Advance registration at https://bookmarketingessentials.brownpapertickets.com/ or by phone at 843-379-7025


Book marketing has changed forever. In this workshop, author and consultant Stephanie Austin Edwards will offer insights for writers to effectively and efficiently focus their own marketing efforts on what sells books and builds meaningful visibility in an often crowded marketplace. 


Whether being published commercially or self-published, it is up to the author to promote her or his book. So, if you’re thinking of writing a book, let’s start your marketing plan now. If you’ve written a book, don’t let your marvelous, hard-earned masterpiece languish in obscurity. You can learn to build your marketing plan and platform in minutes a day. What it takes is time, patience, and a little online savvy. This workshop offers an informed overview of pragmatic marketing techniques for writers at any stage of their careers—including brand-building, social media and networking, blogs and website building tools, reader communities, distribution, and DIY content marketing. 


Stephanie Austin Edwards, a former dancer and costumer, is a novelist, writing teacher, and author consultant. Her twenty-two-year career in theater began in San Diego and moved her to New York City. She worked on Broadway and in film and on television with such talents as Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Lauren Bacall, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Bill Cosby, and Michael Bennett. Later, she returned to her roots in the South Carolina lowcountry where, when not writing or cruising down the river with her husband, she facilitates writers groups, teaches writing workshops, and volunteers at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Her debut novel, What We Set in Motion, won a Best Submission Award at the Atlanta Writer’s Club Conference.


3:00-4:00pm / Bluffton Boundary Cultural Arts Center (21 Boundary Street)

WORKSHOP #5:  Welcome to the Children’s Book Market presented by Fran Hawk

$25 | Advance registration at https://childrensbookmarket.brownpapertickets.com/ or by phone at 843-379-7025


Have you ever wanted to write a children’s book of your own? How hard can it be to create a successful 32-page picture book? Let’s find out. Join children’s book author and former children’s librarian and book reviewer Fran Hawk for an insightful, instructive overview from experiences in the ever-changing children’s book market. Open to interested creators at any level of experience. 


Fran Hawk is the author of the children’s book The H. L. Hunley Submarine: History and Mystery from the Civil War, illustrated by Monica Wyrick and published by Young Palmetto Books. She worked as a school librarian for ten years while writing a weekly children’s book-review column for the Charleston Post & Courier. Hawk later served as a librarian at a small alternative school for at-risk children. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Randolph College and a master’s of library science from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, not far from where the Hunley crew lived and worked. Her earlier books are The Story of the H. L. Hunley and Queenie’s Coin, Ten Tips for Raising Readers, and Countdown to Fall.


    • 6:00-8:00pm, Outback Steakhouse Terrace (100 Buckwalter Parkway)

    • Unlimited hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer

    • Featured book to take home

    • Author readings & discussions, prizes, and more!

    • Limited attendance due to demand and space constraints - 

  • Saturday, 11/18 - STREET FESTIVAL

    • 10:00am-4:00pm, Calhoun Street 

    • Free admission to public, rain or shine outdoor event

    • Author readings and signings, books for sale, children's activities (face painting, read-aloud, and more), music, food & beverages for sale, raffles & sweepstakes, other vendors


                         A detailed schedule for the Saturday Street Festival

                               will be posted closer to event date! 

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