Discover the World of Keowee Valley

Katherine Scott Crawford is an award-winning writer, newspaper and magazine 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 columns have appeared in newspapers across the United States and abroad, including U.S.A. Today, The Greenville News (S.C.), the Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.), The Detroit Free PressThe Herald (Scotland), and many more.

“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

“Katherine Scott Crawford is a fresh and valuable new voice in Southern Literature.” -Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena and Saints at the River

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Looking for a writer’s retreat this winter? Or a gift for the writer in your life? Our Winter Retreat is live!

* I have published a brand-new Keowee Valley Christmas story! $0.99 on Kindle (FREE for Kindle Unlimited members.) Quinn and Jack are back in the Valley! Click here for more info. 

MountainTop Writers Retreat_InstagramGive yourself–or the writer in your life–the gift of retreat this holiday season! 

Join us at Winter MountainTop, our newest retreat for writers and creatives of all stages, January 30 – February 2, 2020.

Hosted at Earthshine Lodge in the gorgeous mountains of Western North Carolina, Winter MountainTop is a retreat for writers and creatives in need of quiet and time, with an optional itinerary of activities, including brainstorming/mentoring sessions and craft talks/workshops with visiting authors, hiking, yoga, meditation, and more. Perfect for writers of all genres and stages who are working on new or continuing projects. Though we will share communal spaces in the Lodge, and some meals, any and all time spent with other writers and visiting authors is by choice. Our goals are quiet, coziness, productivity, and inspiration. This is your retreat!

Winter MountainTop 2020 is excited to host Visiting Author Kimberly Brock, author of the bestselling SouthernKBrockheadshot4 Gothic novel, The River Witch. Kimberly is a guest lecturer, speaker, essayist, and more. She is the founder of Tinderbox Writers Retreat, a member of Tall Poppy Writers, and was 2013 Georgia Author of the Year. Most recently, Kimberly was a faculty member of the 2019 Pat Conroy Literacy Center’s Anchorage Writers Retreat Weekend.

For more information about what is included in your package, your private (or shared) accommodations, and to register, click here.

Holiday special pricing with $100 off now through December 25th!


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Evergreen and Expectations: A Keowee Valley Christmas Story

Quinn and Jack are back in the Valley!

I am ever so happy to bring you “Evergreen and Expectations: A Keowee Valley Christmas Story.” Whether it’s your first visit, or a return, I hope you enjoy the 1700s, and the wild Carolina backcountry! It is Christmas, and it is snowing, and Quinn and Jack–and a few surprises–are waiting for you.

Available on Kindle for $0.99. Free to Kindle Unlimited members!

To buy, click here.

EvergreencoverIt is Christmas in the Keowee Valley. Over a year since Quincy MacFadden Wolf and her half-Cherokee husband, Jack, returned from adventures abroad, it should be a season of celebration and good cheer. Quite unlike herself, Quinn is surly and sad, longing for the good company of friends and family. But the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring surprising revelations and unexpected guests, and Quinn will discover she is capable of great purpose–and that she is more at home on the frontier than ever before.

Katherine Scott Crawford returns with a short story filled with characters from her awarding-winning historical novel. Set on the wild Carolina frontier in the years before the American Revolution, the Keowee Valley is still beautiful and mysterious, and Quinn and Jack a pair of lovers as rare and real as they ever were.

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A Keowee Valley Christmas Story … Coming soon!

My desk, with an old friend

My desk, with an old friend

So, dear readers. I’m doing this thing. I’m writing a Keowee Valley Christmas story: something I’ve wanted to do for years. I figure, if I put it out there that I’m doing so, it’s a way of contracting with myself.

Quinn and Jack are back, of course, and maybe Ridge Runner, too–and other characters old and new. It’s been lovely to wander the Valley again, to listen in as these two very different characters whisper in my head.

I’m hoping to publish online by December 1st, most likely via Kindle Direct Publishing for around 99 cents.

Now, all you need to do is cross your fingers that everyone leaves me alone so I can write.

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News: Winter MountainTop Writers Retreat 2020

wintersunsetWinter is my favorite season to be a writer. It’s a time to hunker down, to simplify. To let stories run like a waking dream beneath the frozen ground.

I write best in winter. Maybe it’s simply that, in winter, I let go of other things in my busy life. Maybe it’s because I have an excuse to hibernate.

This is why MountainTop Writers Retreat is happy to announce a retreat for writers and creatives in early 2020. Winter MountainTop 2020 will be open to all writers and creatives (ages 21 and older), hosted at gorgeous Earthshine Lodge in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Details forthcoming within a week, so be sure to check back in! In the meantime, happy writing!

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What Would Quinn Do?

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To go directly to my guest post at Bell Bridge Books, “What Would Quinn Do?” click here

Fall may be my favorite season. It’s more than the trees and mountains around my town awash in red, orange, and gold, and the skies so blue they’re almost hard to look at for long–though these are highlights. It’s the shift in seasons. Fall, I think, is the most dramatic of the year. It hints at hunkering down–something I love to do. There is no denying life is changing, and the earth with it.

That being said, every Fall I can’t help but think about Quinn (Quincy McFadden, to be sure), the heroine of my historical novel, Keowee Valley. Quinn is an unusual woman: a bluestocking, ahead of her time but still of it; a woman who becomes a willing–and, at times, unexpected–adventurer. When she leaves the bustling port of Charlestown, South Carolina and journeys into the wild Carolina backcountry during the dangerous 1760s, her entire life and the lives of all with whom she comes into contact are changed, even upended.

Right now, Keowee Valley is on sale on all ebook platforms for only $0.99. (That’s 99 cents!) Get your copy beforeKeowee-Valley-screen the promotion ends on November 15th.

Because of this, I’ve found myself lately wondering, “What would Quinn do?” I’ve written about it over at my publisher’s blog. To access the blog post and read more, click here.

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MountainTop Writers Retreat in Bold Life magazine + Keowee Valley for a steal

Photo by Karin Strickland

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Recently I had the honor of being interviewed and photographed by Bold Life magazine, an awesome publication covering arts, culture, food and more in Western North Carolina. To read the article, which focuses on my goals for MountainTop Writers Retreat, click the title below:

A Twist in the Plot – Bold Life 

* Don’t forget my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley, is only $0.99 on all ebook platforms! Now through Nov. 15th. It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book!

To buy Keowee Valley for only 99 cents, click herekeowee graphic

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Keowee Valley on sale now through 11.15.19 for only $0.99!

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Frost has settled on the hills and mountains of the high country. Fires are burning bright. It’s the first of November, and Autumn is finally here. It’s the perfect time to cozy up with a good book!

To hear what folks like Pat Conroy, Ron Rash, Adriana Trigiani, Beverly Swerling, and more have to say about Keowee Valley, click here.

Get Keowee Valley now for only $0.99! Available on all ebook platforms. To buy, click here

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Last day for the Early Bird Special to MountainTop Writers Retreat’s inaugural retreat for women writers and creatives!

picToday at 11:59 PM is the last time to register with the Early Bird Special for Fall MountainTop, MountainTop Writers Retreat’s inaugural retreat for women writers and creatives, hosted Nov. 8-11, 2019 at beautiful Earthshine Lodge in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

  • Don’t forget to use the code MTNWRITE for an addition 10% off the weekend. 
  • Also: registration has changed so that you will pay half the fee for the weekend upon registering, and half upon arrival.

Fall MountainTop is for women writers and creatives seeking a weekend of peace, reflection, inspiration, quiet, and time. This is a true RETREAT from the world and from your busy life. There are no classes or workshops, and any time you spend with others–whether at night around a roaring fire, while dining, on a hike in the forest, or under the stars–is your choice. You can hole up in your gorgeous rustic-elegant room all weekend if you like, and not talk to a soul. It’s completely up to you. 

Earthshine Lodge is an incredible, 76-acre property located at 3,000 feet in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina and IMG_5323bordered by the Pisgah National Forest. For more information about the weekend, see the MountainTop Writers Retreat page on this website, and the subsequent tabs beneath for Frequently Asked Questions, Director Bio, and more. To register for Fall MountainTop, click here.

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MountainTop Writers Retreat News: Early Bird Special extended, new (additional) discount, and more!

IMG_6853I’m thrilled to announce three changes to MountainTop Writers Retreat’s inaugural retreat for women writers and creatives: Fall MountainTop, November 8 – 11, 2019.

  • First, we’ve extended the Early Bird Special through 11:59 p.m. October 17, 2019. 
  • Second, we’ve added an additional discount code. At registration, use MTNWRITE for 10% off. 
  • Third, you will now pay half the retreat fee when you register, and half when you arrive at the retreat.  

It’s going to be a glorious Fall weekend in the mountains. A perfect getaway before the rush of the holiday season, which keeps many of us writers from being able to write as much as we’d like.

And it will be quiet … oh, the lovely quiet. Please share with your creative friends!

For more information about the retreat itself, see all the information beneath my MountainTop Writers Retreat page, above. To register for 2019 Fall MountainTop, click here

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Last day for the Early Bird Discount to MountainTop Writers Retreat, Nov. 8 – 11, 2019

earlybirdHi, all!

Today is the last day of the Early Bird Discount for MountainTop Writers Retreat’s inaugural retreat for women writers, Fall MountainTop: Nov. 8-11, 2019

Invest in your writing. Write your book. Give yourself this gift of uninterrupted creative time in a gorgeous, peaceful, and inspiring place.

Come write in the mountains this Autumn, high among the trees, ancient mountains at your feet. Breathe deep. Open yourself to the mystery. Write. Write more. 

For more information, see our MountainTop Writers Retreat page (and subsequent pages beneath). If you still have questions, I’m happy to answer them. Contact me at thewritingscott at gmail dot com.

To register for Fall MountainTop, click here


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