MountainTop Writers Retreat

Earthshine Lodge, Lake Toxaway NC

Welcome! MountainTop Writers Retreat is a long-weekend retreat crafted to suit writers and creatives at varying stages in their careers and journeys. Hosted at Earthshine Lodge in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Fall MountainTop was created with one goal in mind: to give writers space and time in which to write. But perhaps more importantly: to offer the opportunity to create in a place of peace and seclusion — in a natural, awe-inspiring setting.

A pure retreat, Fall MountainTop is for women writers simply in need of quiet and time. Perfect for authors on deadline, or other writers who are working on new or continuing projects. Though we will share communal spaces in the Lodge, some meals, and the outdoor campfire, any and all time spent with other writers is by choice. Peace and quiet is our goal. This is your retreat. 

November 8 – 11, 2019
Check in: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8th
Checkout: 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11th

Fall 2019 MountainTop

The Fall 2019 MountainTop Retreat is hosted in the Lodge at Earthshine, a rustic-elegant mountain lodge available exclusively for our private retreat use. Each room in the Lodge has a queen bed, a loft with two twin beds, and a private, ensuite bathroom. Rooms are furnished with art, lighting, and linens from local artisans and manufacturers. Made to serve as an oasis for creatives, all rooms have private balconies offering views of the gorgeous Earthshine property. 

Your writer's package includes:

Your package will include 3 nights bed and continental breakfast in a private mountain lodge, 2 evening meals on-site (Friday and Sunday nights), 2 boxed lunches delivered to your door (Saturday and Sunday), mountain-view yoga on the Lodge deck (or inside by the fire, depending on the weather) Saturday morning, and access to coffee and tea at all hours.  At night there will be time around the campfire, complete with grown-up S’Mores and wine. You’ll enjoy solitude and quiet; time to write, read, and relax; access to all communal areas of the Lodge (including lounging before two giant, stone-hearth fireplaces), and the ability to explore Earthshine’s 76 acres of meadow, forest, and trails.

In Addition,

In addition, retreat participants will have access to a microwave and communal fridge where you can store food and drinks to share. Groceries are available in Cashiers (30 minutes away) or Brevard (20 minutes away), with gas station/country store options 10 to 15 minutes away. On Saturday night, those interested will travel a short distance down the mountain to nearby Brevard for a restaurant dinner. So many great options in this cool mountain town! (There are also several restaurant options in nearby Sapphire, Lake Toxaway, Cashiers, and Brevard if you’d like to leave the property to dine.) 

Founder & Retreat Director: Katherine Scott Crawford

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Katherine Scott Crawford is a writer, reader, and teacher. 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 a writer-in-residence at 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 TodayThe Detroit Free Press, and many more. Keowee Valley, her debut historical novel, was published in 2012. A true 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.”

Reserve your Writing getaway

How much?
Full price $900 (Half due to reserve your spot and half due at retreat).

There is none! This is a true retreat. Do and make of it what you will. Write, read, hike, swing in a hammock, rock on a porch, drink coffee and tea, gather around the fire with a glass of wine, listen to the wind in trees ablaze with the colors of Autumn, and gaze at mountains to your heart’s content.

Fall Retreat 2019 is for women only.
Participants must be 21 years old by the time of retreat.
Queen and Twin beds. Private or shared rooms.

No children or pets allowed. We love both, but this is to create a quiet space for writing.