Ray Cronin


I am a writer, curator and arts consultant living in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. My first publication was an art review in a magazine in 1989 and I have been writing for publication ever since.

From 2001-2015 I worked at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as Curator (2001-2007) and as Director and CEO (2007-2015). I am the founding curator of the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s premiere award for the Visual Arts. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and the University of Windsor (Master of Fine Arts), I am the author of numerous catalogue essays and articles for Canadian and American art magazines, including Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Sculpture and Espace art actuel. In 2000 I received the Christina Sabat Award for Critical Review in the Arts. I was the Visual Arts Columnist for The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) and Here (Saint John). I am now the visual arts blogger for Halifax Magazine, with two columns a month, and the editor of Billie: Visual Culture Atlantic.

I am the author of six books of non-fiction, including Our Maud: The Life, Art and Legacy of Maud Lewis, Alex Colville: A Rebellious Mind, and Gerald Ferguson: Thinking of Painting.  I have contributed essays to over a dozen books on artists, including: Mary Pratt, John Greer, David Askevold, Graeme Patterson, Colleen Wolstenholme, Ned Pratt and Gary Neill Kennedy, among others. My e-book, Alex Colville: Life & Work, was published by the Arts Canada Institute in 2017. In 2020 they will publish two e-books by me, Mary Pratt: Life & Work and an art history of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Also in 2020, Nimbus Publishing will publish my book Nova Scotia Folk Art: An Illustrated Guide. I am the author of three Gaspereau Field Guides to Canadian Artists, with numbers 4 and 5 of that series scheduled to be published in 2019, and 6 and 7 in 2020.

My complete list of publications can be found on my website, www.raycronin.ca.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca