Registration open for 3rd annual Camp Conroy

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The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s third annual Camp Conroy will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 15 to 26.

Presented in partnership with Beaufort Middle School, the collaborative experience will provide campers (ages 8-14) with a hands-on opportunities to create a book from start to finish. This year’s theme will focus on trees as a way to learn and share stories of ourselves, our families, and our environment.

Campers will work together with a trio of talented instructors — Lisa Anne Cullen, Miho Kinnas, and Robin Prince Monroe — to develop their skills in writing, illustrating, photographing, editing, and storyboarding toward their goal of publishing a book.

Throughout Camp Conroy, participants learn from the instructors and camp counselors to create, revise, and compile their creative writing and art for publication. Young writers and artists get to experiment with their own stories, essays, poems, artwork, and photographs.

The campers will also learn to critique one another’s work, a key and engaging part of the collaborative process. 

The camp will include one field trip day in downtown Beaufort and several workshops with special guest instructors. At the end of the camp, the Conroy Center will host a reading and a display of the campers’ work, with family and friends invited to attend and be the first to see a mock-up of the campers’ new book. 

Camp Conroy is limited to 30 participants. The $299 registration for Camp Conroy includes all materials, instruction, the field trip, and daily snacks. Campers must bring their own lunch and drink each day. Registration is now open online at https://campconroy2020.bpt.me/.

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. To apply, please submit a sample of the student’s work (essay, poem, artwork, or photography) with a brief statement of financial need by Friday, May 8, to the Pat Conroy Literary Center, 905 Port Republic St., Beaufort, S.C. 29902, Attention: Camp Conroy. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by May 29.