Virtual Workshop: Writing Memoir

23may4:00 pm5:00 pmVirtual Workshop: Writing MemoirWith Laura Calder & Beth Kaplan

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Speakers for this event

  • Beth Kaplan

    Beth Kaplan

    Beth Kaplan, a former actress, taught memoir and personal essay writing at Ryerson (now Toronto Metropolitan University) from 1994 to 2020, and has taught for fifteen years also at the University of Toronto, where she was given the Excellence in Teaching Award. She’s the author of two memoirs, a biography, and a textbook guide to creative writing. Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found, about the dramatic year her life changed completely, came out in 2020 and was a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Award.


  • Laura Clader

    Laura Clader

    Laura Calder is the author of Kitchen Bliss: Musings on Food and Happiness with Recipes. She also wrote The Inviting Life: hosting, homemaking, and opening the door to happiness, along with four cookbooks. She also hosted the James Beard Award-winning series, French Food at Home on Food Network.


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Presented by The Chang School of Continuing Education

Join authors Laura Calder (Kitchen Bliss) and Beth Kaplan (Loose Woman) for a discussion and Q&A session on writing memoir!

Kitchen Bliss (Simon & Schuster)

During the years of the global pandemic, Laura Calder, like many home cooks, found herself being drawn into the kitchen and becoming reacquainted with the power that the room can have to restore us when the going gets tough. In Kitchen Bliss, she reflects on how and why the kitchen and the dining table have held such an important place in her life and indeed taught her about happiness.

Laura has spent her life considering the life-enhancing pleasures of food: cooking, eating, and feeding. The pandemic gave her a new sense of urgency to share what she has learned. She says, “Life isn’t always a candy shop of delights, pandemic or no pandemic. Often we find ourselves in uncomfortable places and we must learn to create sweetness for ourselves out of whatever it is we’ve got—and that sometimes can seem like nothing but a whole lot of lemons. Well, at least that’s a start! We all know where to find the lemons: in the kitchen.”

This is a delightfully entertaining book full of memories, insights, good advice, and humor that will inspire readers to get in the kitchen, tie on an apron, and discover their own form of kitchen bliss.

Loose Woman (Iguana Books)

The memoir Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found tells how a quasi-alcoholic actor came to spend four astonishing months living and working among men with severe disabilities at a L’Arche community in Provence, and how the experience opened her heart and transformed her life.

The book brings to life the late seventies, when feminism and sexual liberation were ascendant, and a single woman had to come to terms with what this new kind of freedom meant. It gives a backstage view of the triumphs and miseries of a successful actor, celebrates daily life in France — tradition, argument, cheese — and shows a daughter struggling to emerge from the shadow of her powerful, flawed parents.

Loose Woman illuminates how, with the help of six damaged Frenchmen, a gifted, damaged young woman begins, at last, to trust and forgive herself, to live loosely, and to set off in a surprising new direction.


Presented by The Chang School of Continuing Education


The Chang School of Continuing Education


23 May 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT-04:00)