MountainTop Writers Retreat: Frequently Asked Questions

IMG_6428Hi! If you’re new here, I’m Katherine: author, writer, hiker, mom, traveler, all-around book nerd and general life enthusiast. I’m also the Founder and Director of MountainTop Writers Retreats, a new retreat for writers and creatives hosted at a rustic-elegant lodge at 3,000 feet, in the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Our first retreat, Fall MountainTop, will be held November 8 – 11, 2019, at Earthshine Lodge. Lately, I’ve been getting lots of questions about this retreat, and so I figured I’d post our FAQs here.

You can register for Fall MountainTop here. There’s an Early Bird Special for those who register before Sept. 30, 2019! Be sure, too to explore all the tabs beneath my MountainTop Writers Retreat page, above on this website. And after, if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to write to me at thewritingscott at gmail dot com. Enjoy!


FAQs for Fall 2019 MountainTop Writers Retreat

I’ve never written a book, but I’ve always wanted to. Is this the retreat for me?

If you are looking for a pure writer’s retreat—a place of peace and quiet, and the time and space to write, and not a weekend of workshops, classes, or social time, then Fall MountainTop is for you! Fall MountainTop is crafted especially for authors and writers who need peace and quiet to work on or finish projects, but is available to any writer. If you are looking for workshops, career or manuscript advice, or lots of communal/social time, one of the other MountainTop Retreats will be more suited to you.

What should I bring?

Anything you need in order to write! (WiFi is available, though it’s not advisable to download or stream TV shows or movies.)

The dress code is casual, as this is a remote mountain property at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, and if you’d like to explore the property by hiking or taking a yoga class, bring proper footwear, hiking shoes, etc. Temperatures in November can be cold, especially at night, so bring warm, functional clothes and outerwear suited to the mountains, and be prepared to dress in layers. Casual to elevated casual is appropriate for most restaurants in nearby towns.

Is this a women-only event?

2019 Fall MountainTop Writers Retreat is a women-only event. There will be co-ed retreats in the future.

May I just book one night’s accommodation?

The rooms in the Lodge are reserved for full-time Fall MountainTop Writers Retreat participants.

I want to bring a friend/spouse/partner who is not a writer and will not be participating in the retreat. Can we share a room?

All accommodation is single occupancy or shared with a participating writer. This is because your room is intended to be a private, contemplative creative space where you can retreat to write.

Fall MountainTop Writers Retreat is intended to be just that: a pure retreat from the world, and from the day-to-day responsibilities and concerns all writers face. It’s a time to focus solely on your writing, with the gorgeous mountains as your backdrop.

You will return to your spouses, partners, families, pets, friends, and jobs with renewed creative energy—and hopefully lots of new pages! You will be all the better for having gifted yourself this time away from it (and them) all.

What’s your cancellation policy?

MountainTop Writers Retreats adheres to Earthshine Lodge’s cancellation policy. Please see this information at the Earthshine website.

Have another question?

Contact Katherine Scott Crawford at thewritingscott at gmail dot com.


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