January 2018

My Beach Shack dream of creating a place for writers here on Hilton Head Island is starting to build momentum. I’ve just partnered with the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina, to co-present a special memoir and marketing writing retreat and workshop honoring the beloved and bestselling Lowcountry author Pat Conroy March 1-4, 2018.

The workshops will be held on site at the Beach Shack resort Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. Workshops will be open to local commuters as well as visiting retreat participants, and will be available to commuters as a weekend workshop package and individual workshops. The full weekend workshop package will be included in the fee for Beach Shack Writers retreat participants with a four-night stay.

On March 4, the Pat Conroy Literary Center will present the second annual March Forth on March Fourth Celebration honoring this literary great (March 4 is the second anniversary of Pat Conroy’s passing) and all Beach Shack retreat participants will receive passes and transportation to the off-site event at the historic Penn Center as part of their retreat package.  We will also offer a Beach Shack Locals day trip to the event.

I am excited about this partnership with the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the wealth of literary opportunity it brings to the people of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and beyond.  We are already in talks about co-presenting additional workshops for poets and fiction writers in fall 2018 and spring 2019. 

To keep costs for all workshop participants affordably low, and to support our vision, I invite you to make a tax deductible donation in support of this inaugural Beach Shack Writers partnership event for local and visiting writers. The Pat Conroy Literary Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has just celebrated its first anniversary in public operation. The Conroy Center is already recognized as South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum and as an American Library Association Literary Landmark. Beach Shack Writers LLC is in its first year of operation. 

We plan to grow together, bringing great literary events, people, and programs to Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry. 


Donations in support of the first Hilton Head Island Beach Shack Writers retreat can be made through the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s donor portal at http://patconroyliterarycenter.org/support-us. Please add “In Honor of Beach Shack Writers” in the tribute section of the donation form. Donations can also be made in person or by mail, payable to Pat Conroy Literary Center, 308 Charles St., Beaufort, SC 29902. Again, please add “In Honor of Beach Shack Writers” in the memo field of your check. All donations made through the Pat Conroy Literary Center are tax deductible. 

Thank you for your kind consideration and for your support of Beach Shack Writers and its vision to create a vital and vibrant destination writing experience on Hilton Head Island.

Cindy Whitman
Director, Beach Shack Writers