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Katherine Scott Crawford is an award-winning writer, newspaper columnist, and college English teacher. She’s the author of Keowee Valley, an historical adventure set in the Revolutionary-era Carolinas and in the Cherokee country. Her parenting/outdoor life column appears in The Greenville News (S.C.) every Thursday, and is often picked up in newspapers across the country.

“A glorious debut from a gifted author.”
-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker’s Wife

Keowee Valley is a terrific first novel by Katherine Scott Crawford–a name that should be remembered.”
-Pat Conroy, bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad

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New column: “Autumn has ‘a mysterious influence upon the heart’”

I don’t know about where you live, but here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it does not yet feel like Fall. The upper 70 and 80 degree days we’ve been experiencing lately are most definitely not the norm here in October, and I’m ready for the crispness this season promises.

Cataloochee Valley, NC

Cataloochee Valley, NC

The 19th century newspaperman, artist and angler Charles Lanman once wrote that, “Autumn has a most mysterious influence upon the heart.” I couldn’t agree more. So that’s what my newspaper column is about this week. I sure hope y’all enjoy it.

To read, click here.

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New column: “The best laid plans of husbands and wives”

In my newspaper column this week, I’m mourning plans for a dream vacation that were thwarted by Fate. Fate, in the forms of a drug cartel and a Category 5 hurricane.

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New column: “How to break the heart of a modern college student”

dances2This week in my newspaper column, I’m talking about Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” and what’s it has been like to share the film with my college students, who weren’t even born yet when the movie came out.

After 13 years of teaching college students, I should never be surprised at the things they do … but I am.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Where were you on September 11th?”

An aerial view of the September 11th memorial in downtown New York City.

An aerial view of the September 11th memorial in downtown New York City.

Hi, friends. My column this week is both memory and reminder. Where were you on September 11, 2001?

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New column: “It’s fun–and important–to mark life’s special moments”

eclipseMy column this week in The Greenville News is about the recent full solar eclipse, and my family’s experience of it, marking life’s special moments, parenting, simple things, and more. I hope y’all enjoy it.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Kindness is key, even (especially) when we disagree”

kindnessHi, all! It has been a wet, wild week for the Southeast, and the forecast is keeping us all on our toes. I’ve been thinking about and praying for everyone in the Caribbean, Florida, and for my family in the Carolinas. Please be overly-cautious and safe!

This week, I’m considering tone. How we say something matters, now more than ever. This, kindness, letter writing, and more, in my column this week in The Greenville News. I hope y’all enjoy it.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Here’s to the teachers, and here’s to us!”

photoboothstripBy far, the bravest thing I do each year in late August is to watch my children walk away from me, and into school. So this week in my column in The Greenville News, I’m raising my glass, so to speak, to the countless educators and support staff who make the academic year possible for my children and all children, of all ages.

I hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here.

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New column: “A Confederate flag story, a story I’m embarrassed to tell”

stock-photo-columbia-south-carolina-july-confederate-activist-attend-a-flag-raising-event-held-in-677335648This week in my column in The Greenville News, I wrote about something I did as a 13 year-old: something that has haunted me ever since. It involves race, friendship, history, a letter to the editor, and the Confederate flag. Since the print version of the column came out just this morning, I have received many, many emails. Most have been exceedingly kind. Others, unmannerly, full of vitriol. I wish I could say I had not expected it.

I am a proud Southerner. I am a proud South Carolinian. I can be all of these things, and also ashamed, also sorry, also willing to dig into my history and be unafraid of what it has to show me. I believe this of each of us.

My friends–the people I love, the people I’ve known since childhood and with whom I’ve gone to school and church and more–are all so very different in their politics, religious beliefs, and upbringings. I love them all, in part BECAUSE of these differences.

I will not, however, step forward as a writer into a world that does not allow me, my friends, or anyone else, to be anything less than fully-fledged humans: full of mistakes, complications, fear, and hope. I have daughters to raise, and they are watching. I also have a privileged voice, and I’m damn well going to use it.

To read the column, click here.

 

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New column: “August is a time of bittersweet transition”

August signifies the end of summer, no matter what the calendar may claim, no matter whether we have school-age children or not. There is just something in the air. So this, and more, in my column this week in The Greenville News.

I sure hope y’all enjoy it!

To read, click here.

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New column: “Play the tourist in your own town”

I am lucky to live in a vacation destination. This means dealing with tourists. Thankfully, my 8 year-old reminds me of the joy in this.

To read my column this week in The Greenville News (with tons of big, pretty photos) click here.

I hope y’all enjoy it!

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