About Renea

If there’s one thing I hope my books do, it is that they honor women and the working folks. Those with creaky knees, dirty hands, and pure hearts – Renea Winchester
Photo Credit: Quintin Ellison

Renea is an internationally-released, award-winning author of: Outbound Train, the French translation, De l’autre cote’ des rails. Her nonfiction titles include: Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches, In the Garden with Billy and multiple essays and short stories.

She is a passionate supporter of literacy and libraries. Renea is the winner of multiple awards including: The Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Fiction, NC Press Associations Award, Wilma Dykeman Award for Essay, Appalachian Writers Award, and the Blue Ridge Writers Award. She has judged multiple literary contests and has a reputation for helping fledgling authors. Renea is the owner of Botanicals, a herb farm which borders the National Park. She leads regional and national writing workshops as well as medicinal plant workshops.

Client list:

John C Campbell Folk School (2023 Instructor)

RoseGlen Literary Festival (2022 / Keynote) (2018 Featured workshop)

General Foundation of Women’s Club-North Carolina: She Elevates The World (Keynote)

Mauney Memorial Library (2022, Featured Speaker)

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival (2022 (Featured workshop)

Tennessee Public Broadcasting: Up Close Segment (Interview with Frank Murphy, airing October 2022)

Haywood County Literary Event (2022 / Keynote)

Blue Ridge Writers (2022 Featured workshop)

Write-In Suches, (2022, 2021Program Coordinator/ Featured workshops)

Clarksville Writers Conference (2021 Featured workshops)

Georgia Writers Conference (2018 Featured workshop session) (2016 workshop session)

Dahlonega Writers Conference (2015 Featured workshop)

Decatur Book Festival (2014, presenter)

BookLogix (2015, workshops for their emerging authors)

South Carolina Book Festival (2013, Featured presenter)

*Multiple events held at Bookstores, Libraries, and Book Festivals

International Book Club Picks:

Renea’s Debut Novel was retitled De l’autre cote’ des rails and released in France.

Plein Soleil (2021, edition)

France Loisirs Le Club

Le Blog Usa

Bordeaux Usa


Outbound Train was a pick for the Pulpwood Queens book club 2021 selection. With over 600 chapters in the U.S.


Lucy Barnett Award: Creative writing, 2022

Blue Ridge Writers Award: Debut novel, 2021

North Carolina Press Award, 2020

SIBA – Shoe Burning Trio, 2013

Wilma Dykeman Award for Essay

Appalachian Writers Award


WNC Magazine: Best Reads Feature, 2021