Discover the World of Keowee Valley

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.

“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: “Loving college football is a Southern family tradition”

Today’s new column in The Greenville News is all about Southerners’–and my–collective obsession with college football. This love has certainly changed over the years, from the time I was a kid tossing a football with my buddies in Clemson University’s Memorial Stadium parking lot to today, when I’m usually watching on TV from my home in N.C. while my own babies nap.

But a college football game on a chilly Fall Saturday? There’s nothing like it in the world.

Read today’s column here.

Hope you enjoy!

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Baby, it’s cold outside

caesarsheadIt was 18 degrees in my little Western North Carolina town when I woke this morning. Not so unusual–if it were January. But it’s only mid-November. I’m curious about what the winter forecasters have to say about it. No doubt about it, it’s COLD.

I am happily headed out this morning to an even higher elevation: Caesar’s Head, South Carolina. There I’ll visit with a very unique group of women who are reading Keowee Valley. I can’t wait!

Caesar’s Head has an historic past. Of course, originally part of the Cherokee nation, after it was ceded to the U.S. government (which is a very academic and mild way to put it) it became a resort spot for travelers heading up and over the mountains into North Carolina. In addition to the history, Caesar’s Head boasts an incredible state park, waterfalls, wildlife and more. Any visit to the Upcountry of South Carolina should include it.

Hope y’all enjoy this gorgeous, frigid Saturday. I know I will!

 

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Today’s newspaper column: “Voting with your kids is always an adventure”

votebuttonHi, folks! Today’s column is up at The Greenville News, and it’s all about the joy of exercising your grand American right to vote. I joyfully exercised my right to vote with my 5 year-old and 17 month-old in tow. It was awesome.

I hope you enjoy, and if you do, I do hope you’ll share. Read here.

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A song for Friday – “Walk Unafraid”

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This cover of REM’s song ”Walk Unafraid,” by the Swedish band First Aid Kit, has me longing to take to the hills this morning.

It’s from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (etc)–and starring Reese Witherspoon.

The lyrics are gorgeous, the melody stunning, and this version has me reaching for my hiking boots NOW.

Listen for free here.

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Today’s newspaper column: “Stuff of our lives was once contained in writing letters”

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Today’s new column in The Greenville News is all about letter writing, written correspondence, and what–perhaps–we’ve lost. Remember writing real letters, or passing notes in class? Remember WiteOut?

Anyone?

I’m not sure my current college students have even ever licked a stamp.

I do hope you enjoy the column, and if you do, I hope you’ll tell me about it–and share.

Read here.

Happy Thursday!

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Rock the Vote, Y’all!

Exercising my right to vote since 1996. Rock the vote today, y’all!

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Welcome November

14320702-illustration-of-autumn-tree-silhouetteI know I’m three days late, but it’s difficult to believe it’s November. The view out my window has changed dramatically over the past few weeks: the poplar in my front yard has transitioned from green to gold, and now it’s gray-brown branches stretch bare against a sharply blue Fall sky.

I love this time of year, though many folks do not. For me, it’s a regenerating time. Beneath the cold ground, life is shifting, preparing. I like to think that beneath my warm, comfy clothes, my intellectual creativity is regenerating and shifting, too.

So, in honor of November, some quotes:

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods.”
~ William Allingham

“The third day comes a frost, a killing frost.
~ William Shakespeare

“November’s sky is chill and drear,
November’s leaf is red and sear.”
~ Sir Walter Scott

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
~ Elizabeth Coatsworth

“November’s sky is chill and drear,
November’s leaf is red and sear.”
- Sir Walter Scott

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.”
L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Windy Poplars

 

 

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New column: “And yes, everyone has a car story”

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Today’s new column in The Greenville News is all about our very American love/hate relationship with our cars. Because everybody’s got a car story.

I do hope you’ll share yours, after your read here.

Happy Weekend to all!

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Novel Retreat in Gorgeous Montpelier, Vermont – Now taking applications!

VCFA FlyerHi, all.

I’m excited to share that the Novel Retreat at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont–held in May 2015–is now open for applications. If you’re a prose writer working in the long form (AKA the novel), a novelist already, or a hope-to-be-novelist, this is the retreat for you.

I’ll be attending this year, both as a participant and as Director Connie May Fowler’s graduate assistant. I’m already so excited to be back in Montpelier (where I earned my MFA in Writing from VCFA) that I can barely stand it. This Novel Retreat boasts some truly phenomenal faculty–I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with both Connie May Fowler and Clint McCown before, and they are two of the many reasons I’ve decided to attend.

Them, a lovely writing community, Montpelier in May, and hours of uninterrupted writing time. I repeat: HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED WRITING TIME. Shhh… listen. Can you hear the angels rejoicing?

I do hope you’ll consider attending, too. For more information, click here. And if you’d like to ask me any questions about VCFA, the faculty, etc, I’ll be happy to share my experiences.

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Newspaper Column: “When you read to your children, you open up the whole of the world”

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Hi, all!

Today’s column is up at The Greenville News, and it’s all about reading to your kids, some of my favorite children’s books, parenting, and life in general. I do hope you enjoy, and if you do, I hope you’ll share.

To read, click here.

Happy Thursday!

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