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Children's Book Fair--Presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center
Santa Elena History Center
Beaufort, SC
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Children's Book Fair--Presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center
Join us for the Children's Book Fair sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Lowcountry children's book authors will be present for workshops, book signings and readings from 10-4 at the Santa Elena History Center! Free and open to the public.

The event is free and open to the public, sponsored by local businesses Motor City Pops, Stephen Murray T-shirts, Budget Print, and the Storybook Shoppe in Bluffton.

Open to readers and book lovers of all ages, the Childrens Book Fair is a day-long gathering slated with interactive events that include a scavenger hunt, make your own bookmark, and a mermaid conservation presentation, and also book signings and readings.

Highlighted speaker: Lisa Anne Cullen is the author or editor of eight childrens books and a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing for children and pairs this passion with her love of illustration, art, photography, and screenwriting. Cullen has won awards for her artistic and written works and finds pure joy in connecting with the natural world. Her author-illustrated, picture book folktales Little Orange Honey Hood and Three Wild Pigs are being released through the University of South Carolina Press/Young Palmetto Books spring and fall of 2018.

Special Guest: Melissa Conroy is the daughter of Pat Conroy and the author and illustrator of Poppys Pants, which is being reissued September 30. She also wrote Grandma Is an Author and The Lowcountry Coloring Book. Melissa earned masters degrees in painting and textile design from the University of Georgia and Philadelphia University.

The Fair will also feature nine other childrens book authors (Rebecca Chamberlain, Nancy Raines Day, Ann Eilers Lilly, Nina Leipold, Sheri Levy, Susan Diamond Riley, Chelsea Rowe, and Helen Wilbur), one poet (Miho Kinnas), and a select group of young Camp Conroy authors. There will be book readings and signings throughout the day.

Five free workshops are being offered: Telling Stories through Pictures, Write Your Garden, Find Your Lost Treasure, Make Your Own Character, and Haiku Tanka, Linked Haiku, and Halibu Prose.

Pat Conroy Childrens Book Fair Workshops:
10:00am-11:00am - Rebecca Chamberlain Telling Stories Through Pictures- Conference Room. This workshop touches on the process of illustrating a standard 32-page picture book for children. Participants preview thumbnail sketches and original artwork from Maralee and the Turtles of the Sea as they create quick one-inch thumbnail sketches from a story idea. Discover how to develop a character and explore how to add movement, emotion, and action into illustrations. A picture book template is provided to each participant. This course is suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to experienced artist. Standard pencils and erasers are needed for this workshop.

11:00am-12:00pm- Helen Wilbur Write Your Garden  Conference Room. Participants work on their skills with a hands-on exercise using their five senses to build a word garden. In this session for budding writers, author Helen Wilbur shares her story of a young girl's determination to grow her garden in Lily's Victory Garden. With the right tools, discover how an idea as small as a seed can be nurtured to grow into a story.  Young writers will build a word garden.  Ages 8 and older.

1:00pm-2:00pm Susan D. Riley -Find Your Lost Treasure- Meet in the Events Room. Following a reading from her soon-to-be published chapter book, The Sea Islands Secret, participants will be sent on a treasure hunt to find previously hidden messages in bottles. Once found, the messages will be decoded to reveal their hidden meanings. Ages 8 and older.

2:00pm-3:00pm Melissa Conroy  Make Your Own Character  Conference Room. Following a reading from her re-issued book Poppys Pants, Melissa will guide participants in designing and sewing their own doll. Materials will be provided. Ages 8 and older.

3:00pm-4:00pm Miho Kinnas -Haiku Tanka, Linked Haiku, and  Halibu Prose  Conference Room. From a Haiku to a book with audience participation, participants learn the stages of creativity and production of the poetic form of Haiku. Ages 14 and older.

The Fair is hosted by the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, South Carolinas first affiliate of the American Writers Museum and second American Library Association Literary Landmark. To learn more about the Conroy Centers year-round educational programs for readers and writers, including the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, please visit www.patconroliterarycenter.org.


Santa Elena History Center (View)
1501 Bay Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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