About MountainTop Founder & Director

IMG_2650Katherine Scott Crawford is a writer, reader, and teacher. Her list of “currents” and “formers” is a (sometimes bumpy) mile long: backpacking guide, college professor, newspaper reporter, newspaper columnist, guest speaker and lecturer, and more. She earned a BA in English and Speech & Communications Studies from Clemson University, a MA in English from the College of Charleston and The Citadel, and a MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been writer-in-residence at and won fellowships to places like the Montana Artists Refuge, Vermont Studio Center, and more, and was awarded a North Carolina Arts Award in fiction by the NC Arts Council. Katherine has been a guest speaker, panelist, and workshop leader at many festivals, conferences, and private events, including the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, the Southern Women Writers Conference, the Dahlonega Literary Festival, Tinderbox Writers Retreat, Litchfield Books’s Moveable Feast, Blue Ridge Bookfest, and countless libraries, museums, churches, and book clubs.

Katherine’s parenting and outdoor life columns appeared weekly in newspapers across the country, including USA Today, The Detroit Free Press, and many more. Keowee Valley, her debut historical novel, was published in 2012. An epic historical adventure, Adriana Trigiani called Keowee Valley “a glorious debut from a gifted author,” and Pat Conroy said Katherine’s was “a name to be remembered.”

Katherine is a history nut, travel junkie, avid hiker, and mother to two young daughters. She lives with her family in Western North Carolina.

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