A writer, editor and photographer, Kitty Sheehan has written copy, created social media sites, web features and blogs for food brands, restaurants, resorts, writers, funeral homes, shops and magazines. A University of Iowa graduate, former teacher, consignment store owner, newspaper writer, corporate trainer and graphic designer, Kitty’s resume makes her own head hurt. 

She is the founder and director of the annual Dartbrook Writers Retreat in Keene, NY, a five day master class in memoir, in New York’s Adirondack High Peaks, recently named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of “the world’s best writers’ retreats.” In 2017, the retreat will be led by character actor, storyteller and writer Stephen Tobolowsky

Kitty is a contributor to the anthology Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blueedited by Amy Ferris, (Seal Press, 2015).

Kitty is also on the advisory board for the Woodstock Bookfest in Woodstock, New York, and teaches a one-day intensive on editing at the festival. Kitty produces segments and occasionally chats with Martha Frankel on Woodstock Booktalk Radio, a delightfully informative hour on writers and readers.

Kitty is a native Iowan, but when she discovered New York’s Hudson Valley, she found home.


photo by Franco Vogt

“Kitty has a unique creative style that allows her to see a project from so many different angles, using a wondrous variety of artistic expressions. Her intelligent insight and discerning eye were invaluable to me. She also was a great listener and captured precisely what I was looking for.” ~ Tom Mischke, The Mischke Roadshow