Travel Recommendations

Beaufort Holiday Inn & Suites, www.holidayinn.com/beaufortsc, 843-379-3100
Anchorage 1770, www.anchorage1770.com, 404-358-8167
City Loft Hotel, www.citylofthotel.com, 843-379-5638
Cuthbert House Inn, www.cuthberthouseinn.com, 843-521-1315

Island Town House, Historic District www.homeaway.com/190654

Magnolia Court Guest Suites, www.magnoliacourtsuites.com, 843-812-5175
The Rhett House Inn, www.rhetthouseinn.com, 888-480-9530

Sleep in History, http://sleepinhistory.com/

For additional visitor information about Beaufort, please see www.beaufortsc.org.


​​Purchase Tickets to the Awards Dinner: $55/person or $90/couple.  

Online ticket sales have now ended for the 2018 SCAA induction dinner. For availability, please contact the Pat Conroy Literary Center at 843-379-7025.

Join the South Carolina Academy of Authors in Beaufort, South Carolina, on April 27–29 for the SCAA’s 32nd annual induction weekend, honoring cookbook author Nathalie Dupree, novelist Mary Alice Monroe, novelist Valerie Sayers, and dramatist John Blake White. The SCAA induction weekend includes a tour commemorating the writing life of Beaufort’s past SCAA honoree Pat Conroy, a series of free public events celebrating the work of this year’s honorees, and a ticketed awards dinner with current and past SCAA honorees, the SCAA board of governors, and the winners of the 2018 SCAA writing awards in fiction and poetry.



The South Carolina Academy of Authors is our state's literary hall of fame, each year inducting a new group of honorees in a weekend of educational events and culturally enriching gatherings. Since its formation in 1986, SCAA has inducted 77 writers, living and deceased, from across the breadth of the genres and geographies represented in South Carolina’s literary life. The statewide educational mission of the nonprofit SCAA is performed by an all-volunteer board of governors and by past inductees.

Copyright © South Carolina Academy of Authors. All rights reserved. 

Mailing address: 701 Gervais Street, Suite 150-195, Columbia, SC 29201

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, 4/27

Noon-4:00 p.m., Pat Conroy Literary Center (308 Charles Street, Beaufort)
Free tours of exhibition materials related to the writing life of Pat Conroy, a past SCAA honoree.
www.patconroyliterarycenter.org

2:00–3:30 p.m., Beaufort Tours’ “Pat Conroy’s Beaufort” van tour (departs from Beaufort’s downtown marina, 1006 Bay St.)
Visit sites in Beaufort related to the life, writing, and film adaptations of Pat Conroy.
Advance reservation required. $30. www.beauforttoursllc.com/pat_conroys_beaufort.html

6:00–8:30 p.m., Technical College of the Lowcountry, MacLean Hall (Bldg 12, 921 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort)
Screening of the 2002 film Due East, adapted from Valerie Sayers’ novels Due East and How I Got Him Back, followed by a conversation between the author and Lowcountry Weekly publisher and columnist Margaret Evans, with a book signing thereafter. Free and open to the public. 

SATURDAY, 4/28

Noon-4:00 p.m., Pat Conroy Literary Center (308 Charles Street, Beaufort)
Free tours of exhibition materials related to the writing life of Pat Conroy, a past SCAA honoree.
www.patconroyliterarycenter.org
 
2:00–3:00 p.m., Technical College of the Lowcountry, MacLean Hall (Bldg 12, 921 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort)
In conversation with journalist and publicist Angela May, Mary Alice Monroe will discuss her use of fiction and storytelling to educate readers on issues of conservation connected to her adopted home of the lowcountry. Followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public. 

3:30–4:30 p.m., Technical College of the Lowcountry, MacLean Hall (Bldg 12, 921 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort)
In conversation with chef and cookbook author Debbi Covington, Nathalie Dupree will speak about her cooking, teaching, and writing lives, sharing her own education in southern foodways and her passion for educating others. Followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public. 


6:30–9:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Conference Center ballroom (2225 Boundary St., Beaufort)
SCAA induction ceremony and dinner, honoring Nathalie Dupree (introduction by Josephine Humphreys), Mary Alice Monroe (introduction by Marjory Wentworth), Valerie Sayers (introduction by Cassandra King Conroy), and John Blake White (remarks by Jon Tuttle). Proceeds benefit the year-round educational mission of the SCAA.


$55/person or $90/couple. 


Sunday, 4/29

10:00 a.m.–noon, Technical College of the Lowcountry Fellowship Hall
Private event: SCAA board of governors fellowship brunch and presentation of SCAA writing awards in fiction and poetry.

Noon-4:00 p.m., Pat Conroy Literary Center (308 Charles Street, Beaufort)

Free tours of exhibition materials related to the writing life of Pat Conroy, a past SCAA honoree.
www.patconroyliterarycenter.org


2:00–3:30 p.m., Beaufort Tours’ “Pat Conroy’s Beaufort” van tour (departs from Beaufort’s downtown marina, 1006 Bay St.)
Visit sites in Beaufort related to the life, writing, and film adaptations of Pat Conroy.
Advance reservation required. $30. www.beauforttoursllc.com/pat_conroys_beaufort.html


Sponsors & Partners


The SCAA induction weekend is sponsored in part by a grant from South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

The SCAA induction weekend is also sponsored by a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.​

To become a sponsor and support the 2018 induction weekend and the SCAA’s year-round educational mission, please consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.  Thank you.


The Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors wishes to thank the following for their generous support.

 PARTNERS ($1000 and above)

The South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Humanities

The Pat Conroy Literary Center

The Penelope Coker Hall/Eliza Wilson Ingle Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation

PATRONS ($500–$999)

The Anchorage 1770 Inn

Technical College of the Lowcountry

SUSTAINERS ($300–$499)

City Loft Hotel

Lorene and Jonathan Haupt (in honor of Nathalie Dupree, Mary Alice Monroe, and Valerie Sayers)

Lowcountry Weekly

Harriet McDougal Rigney

Reece Williams

Sleep in History – Erica and John Dickerson

Wilson W. Farrell Sr., WWF-CKF Charitable Giving Fund (in honor of Thomas L. Johnson)

 STEWARDS ($100–$299)

Beaufort Tours, LLC.

The Birchwood Center

Elizabeth Bernardin

Mike and Buffy Berry

Oliver Bowman and Robert Sauers

Claudia Smith Brinson

Catering by Debbi Covington

Lesley M. (Lee) Coggiola

Cassandra King Conroy

Gayle B. Edwards (in honor of Marybeth Evans and Jill Hendrix)

Friends of the Summerville Library

Veronica Gerald

Jill Hendrix

Ellen E. Hyatt

Charles M. Israel

Thomas L. Johnson

Jo Koster

Valinda Littlefield

Tom Mack and Michael Budd

Ray McManus

Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County

Betsy Teter and John Lane

Jennifer Thomas and Jeff Baggett

Daniel Cross Turner

Jon and Cheryl Tuttle

Trish Ward

 SUPPORTERS (To $99)

Marybeth Evans

Kendra Hamilton

 
SPECIAL THANKS

Beaufort Bookstore

Beaufort Holiday Inn & Suites

Budget Print

The Camellia Garden Club

Maura Connelly

Debbi Covington

Margaret Evans

Sean Henrickson

Josephine Humphreys

Billy Keyserling

Angela May

NeverMore Books

Bill Reynolds

Marjory Wentworth

And the volunteers of the Pat Conroy Literary Center