In the 2004 Pat Conroy Cookbook, Pat Conroy describes his “Bill Dufford Summer” spent between his junior and senior years on the campus of Beaufort High School. It was a transformative summer for Pat, of which he wrote, “I had everything—the best summer of my life.” That has been and remains the goal of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Camp Conroy, to give young writers and artists the best summers of their lives.

Camp Conroy is a two-week day camp build-a-book experience for young writers and artists, ages 9 to 14. Participants create independently and collaboratively as they research, write, illustrate, edit, design, and ultimately publish a book together. The 7th annual Camp Conroy will be held at Robert Smalls Leadership Academy on June 10 to 21, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a closing reading on the final day of camp.

The $325 registration fee for Camp Conroy includes two weeks of instruction, camp activities, and healthy daily snacks. Students must bring their own lunches and drinks each day. (This is a day camp; overnight lodging and meals are not included.) After the camp, participants will each receive a copy of their published anthology.

Registration closes on May 15. A limited number of merit-based and need-based scholarships are available as well. To register a camper or to learn more about applying for or sponsoring a camper scholarship, please visit: