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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.

“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: “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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These Wolves Show Us How We’re All Connected

Just had to share this very short video showing the effects of wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park. Though wolves were reintroduced in 1995, it’s amazing to see how everything in the park has been affected by their presence.

Plus, Yellowston is downright breathtakingly gorgeous. And I love wolves.

Catch the short YouTube video here.

Yellowstone Wolves

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New column: “Confessions from the parent pick-up posse”

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Hi, all! This week’s column is up online at The Greenville News. It’s all about revelations from the elementary parent pick-up line. Hope you enjoy!

To read, click here.

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New newspaper column: “In defense of homemade Halloween costumes”

My little sister and me, Halloween circa 1985ish

My little sister and me, Halloween circa 1985ish

Hi, all! Today’s newspaper column is up at The Greenville News, and it’s all about Halloween, childhood, parenthood, and homemade (or not) costumes. I do hope you enjoy, and if you do, I hope you’ll share!

Read it here.

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New Column: Elk Tailgating & We Have a Book Giveaway Winner!

Hi, all! Two things:

1.) My newest column is up online at The Greenville News. This one’s all about Fall, family, being outside, and visiting the Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s coolest residents–the elk!

Read it here.

Names in the hat

Names in the hat

2.) We have a winner for the book giveaway! Congratulations, Katrina Farmer! Please shoot an email to me at thewritingscott at gmail dot com, include your mailing address, and I’ll get it in the mail this week. I know you’re going to love Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebookem>.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! I can’t tell y’all how much I appreciate you reading my work! I’ve

And the winner is ... Katrina!

And the winner is … Katrina!

got a couple more neat books to give away over the next several months, so hang in there.

P.S. Pardon my appearance in these photos–sleepless night & getting over a cold. Ick.

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Literary Pilgrimmage Day 4: MFA Graduation & We Hit the Road!

It’s laughable how long it’s taking me to post about my literary pilgrimmage through New England and on down the east coast back to Western North Carolina. Especially considering it happened in JULY. But such is life.

Here are the links to the first three days of the trip, which had me doing novel research, writing, hiking, and researching at different literary and historical spots in Massachusetts: (with photos!)

Literary Pilgrimage & Road Trip: Day 1 (or, really, Day 1/2)
Literary Pilgrimage Day 2: Orchard House, Dickinson Museum, Mt. Holyoke
Literary Pilgrimage Day 3: Hiking Mt. Holyoke & on to Vermont

Onward!

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Literary Pilgrimage Day 4: My Graduation from Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program, and my family and I hit the road.

mama graduatesGraduation day at the Vermont College of Fine Arts’s MFA in Writing program was an absolute joy. How could it not be, surrounded by friends, family, and faculty who truly love and care about you, your writing life, and your creative work?!

Graduation was held in Alumni Hall, just off the campus green. Afterwards, we grads were feted at a champagne reception–my daughter insists I tell you that there were CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES–in historical College Hall atop Montpelier’s Seminary Hill (once site of a Civil War hospital, among other things). It was a chance to celebrate, and to introduce my family to my VCFA friends and faculty member-mentors, many of whom have become dear friends. My husband and two daughters were there–they had driven up from North Carolina, in a rented minivan), plus my mother (who’d driven with them) and my father (who’d flown in, smartie pants that he is).

It truly was a joy for my family members to meet the people I’d spent so much time with, and talking about,

With the fabulous Connie May Fowler

With the fabulous Connie May Fowler

over the past three years. And, as a bonus, my baby girl took her very first steps at the champagne reception! Talk about a good omen for a future of storytelling.

My family

My family

Afterwards, we spent one last night at Betsy’s B&B in Montpelier. The next day, after a scrumptious breakfast at Betsy’s, my parents hit the road for a day in Burlington (they’d fly out later), and I, my husband and our girls headed out for the first leg of our journey home, towards Salem, Massachusetts. First, though, we made a quick stop to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, in the countryside outside of Montpelier, where we filled up on maple ice cream.

Morse Farm & Sugarworks

Morse Farm & Sugarworks

Replica of the state capitol in Montpelier, at Morse Farm

Replica of the state capitol in Montpelier, at Morse Farm

Picnicking at Robert Frost's New Hampshire farm

Picnicking at Robert Frost’s New Hampshire farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first stop: Robert Frost’s farm in Derry, New Hampshire,

My oldest daughter, bounding across Robert Frost's fields in New Hampshire

My oldest daughter, bounding across Robert Frost’s fields in New Hampshire

where he wrote many of his most famous poems. We had a picnic lunch and wandered the property. For a literature geek and English prof like me, watching my oldest daughter go bounding over Frost’s fields was a thrill.

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Robert Frost's New Hampshire Farm

Robert Frost’s New Hampshire Farm

Literary Pilgrimage Day 4, coming soon, will be all about our stay in Salem, Massachusetts–Salem Wharf, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Witch Memorial–and our visit to Concord, Massachusetts–Minute Man National Park, Old North Bridge, Concord Museum, Paul Revere’s lantern, and much more!

Some extra pics:

About to give my graduate lecture at VCFA.

About to give my graduate lecture at VCFA.

With my MFA diploma from VCFA - YAY!

With my MFA diploma from VCFA – YAY!

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The Vermont State House, Montpelier, Vermont

The Vermont State House, Montpelier, Vermont

 

 

 

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Book Giveaway: It’s Not Too Late!

guidebookIt’s not too late to win a copy of Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook! I’ll even change the rules up a little: comment in the Comments section of my previous post, and just tell me how you feel about Autumn.

That’s it! To comment, and possibly win, go here.

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Keowee Valley Anniversary & Giveaway

Keowee ValleyTwo years ago in September, my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley, was published by the lovely and fabulous folks at Bell Bridge Books.

The whole thing–researching and writing the novel, acquiring a literary agent, and finally selling the book to a traditional publisher–had been a trip down a long and challenging road. Promoting the novel for the past two years has been an amazing experience, and I’ve met an inordinate amount of incredible people, and have had the chance to visit some truly special places, because of it.

My life since Keowee Valley’s publication has been a whirlwind of work, school, and family. Now, here I am–one newly minted kindergartner, one new baby, one MFA earned, and a new gig as a newspaper columnist later. I’m working on my next historical novel. And I’m wishing I had the power to slow time. Or become Wonder Woman. Either of those would be nice.

So, in celebration of Keowee Valley’s two-year anniversary, I’m giving away a copy of a super-cool book: Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook, by Barbara R. Duncan & Brett H. Riggs (published in conjunction with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, by University of North Carolina Press). It was a much-used resource for me when I was researching the 18th century, the Cherokee, and the Southern Appalachians–everywhere that my characters would roam, and everything and everyone they might run into. I literally hiked to and/or visited nearly every spot mentioned in the book.

If you’re at all interested in visiting these breathtakingly gorgeous places, or even just interested in theguidebook Cherokee, their history, legends, and ancestral lands, this is the book for you. Or take it from Appalachian Journal, who calls Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook, “A wonderful introduction to the culture, history, and geography of the Cherokee homeland. . . . An essential purchase for anyone interested in exploring Cherokee country and what it has meant and continues to mean to be Cherokee.”

I’ve got a real pretty, brand-new copy ready to be mailed out. All you have to do: Comment in the “comments” section of this post by midnight Friday, Oct. 3rd. Please tell me what made you want to read Keowee Valley!  I’ll toss everybody’s response into a hat, shake it around and pull one winner. On Monday, Oct. 6th, I’ll post the winner.

(I’m sure there’s a more Internet/blogger savvy way to do this, but I’m a simple girl.)

Looking forward to hearing from y’all. But most of all, THANK YOU for reading my work!

 

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