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Deirdre Cronin



Find your voice, tell your story, or, develop the idea you’ve been working on for a while. See your name in print!

Calling all writers or would-be-writers – beginners, intermediate & advanced  – no matter what your experience level – here’s what we can offer as part of Catskills Irish Arts Week:  Daily workshops led by a highly-qualified writing teacher –  working with close focus on your chosen genre of writing –  memoir, fiction or poetry. 


You will learn how to take your work from rough first draft to polished work ready for publication.  And to keep us all motivated, students are invited to consider submitting their finished work (800 to 1,500 words) for a beautifully produced CIAW anthology to be published in 2019.  We will study extracts from the very best of memoir writing publications out there, to help illuminate your own journey in writing. And we’ll have great fun in the process!  


As a terrific added bonus, your writing instructor, Dublin based Deirdre Cronin, will continue to work with you all via email on a one-to-one basis between August & October (at no extra cost). The professional structure of the continual class focus on into the Fall will help and gently encourage you to edit your work until you feel it’s ready for submission. 


This creative writing class offers a truly unique opportunity to get your work over the finishing line.  Even the most established writers struggle with obstacles.  At CIAW, the supportive environment continues into the following months, long after the last Catskills tune is played. But there’ll be music in your words!

Whether you’re a keyboard kind of person, or you like the compelling sound of a pen across paper, why not join us as we tap into the writer inside us – and the supportive group collective –

“together we can do what I alone can not”  – traditional quote anonymous


Deirdre Cronin: Writing Bio: 

As a Dublin based writer, I look forward tremendously to working with you in such an inspirational place – the magical back-drop of the Catskills Irish Arts Week – music pouring out of every doorway, dances to be had, tune-makers, tune listeners, tune learners – and stories to be written around it all.  

You might relate to this – writing has always been my way to make sense of the world around me, but it’s only in recent years that I’ve had time to take it seriously.  At first, I felt more than a bit shy about sharing my work in a group context, but it has made all the difference to my work. Once I committed to this, publication followed.   As my Dublin mother Ann might say – “there’s no stopping ya now.”    I come from four generations of teachers  in Ireland – so I love passing on what was so freely given to me during my studies.  I teach active retirement groups, but am also deeply inspired by volunteer work, along with other writers and artists, with young Irish women emerging from challenging situations like homelessness, finding their voices through the written word.  It feels powerful and enriching to be linked with such positive people.”


Day Job:  I work as a music journalist, mainly writing for Irish Music Magazine.  Another favourite day-job – when the solitary nature of writing feels too much – I work with my first cousin, musician and teacher,  Dr Mick Moloney, organising Mick’s music and cultural tours of Ireland – I meet great people and come home full of inspiration and music which somehow makes its way into my work!

Educational Qualifications & Keynotes: 

  • As a recent 1st Class Honours Graduate of the MA Masters Degree in Creative Writing at University College Dublin, I have recently finished my first novel, “Songs & Shadows” – currently I’m submitting the story to agents and publishers. The bones of this novel formed the basis of my UCD MA Final Thesis.
  • In 2015, my story called Rupture was placed in the top 10 award winners for the Doolin Short Story Competition, where the total submission count surpassed 500 entries.
  • My poetry has featured on RTE Radio.
  • I’ve had short stories and memoir based prose pieces published in Ireland’s Own magazine and various literary journals.
  • My late father passed on his love of literature – Seamus was an English, Greek and Latin teacher (his books of translation were used in Leaving Cert Latin curriculums for many years.) Dad came from the Sliabh Luachra region in Kerry. I’m a mother of two adult daughters, and I live between Dublin and West Clare.
  • I was blest to be taught by some of Ireland’s leading writers – playwright Frank McGuinness & acclaimed folklorist and short story writer Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, among others – warm generous teachers all of them.


  • I was recently invited to submit to a poetry anthology from Artisan House Publishers called Fermatapoems about music – edited by poets Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods . It feels like the deepest honour to have my work included in this beautiful publication among such esteemed and established writers.