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Beth Kaplan

Beth spent her twenties as a professional actress, mostly in Vancouver, but in 1980 left the stage to take an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She delivered her thesis, a biography of her once-famous great-grandfather, the day before her second child was born. While continuing research on her relative and raising two children as a single mother in Toronto, she began teaching creative non-fiction and memoir writing at Ryerson University and later also at U of T. She published scores of personal essays in the Globe and other newspapers and magazines and regularly read her own work on CBC radio. Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: the Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin was published by Syracuse University Press in 2007; she spoke about the book throughout the U.S. and Canada, at Oxford University, and in French in Paris. The paperback edition was launched in New York in 2012 with a blurb from renowned playwright Tony Kushner. She has since published the memoir All My Loving: coming of age with Paul McCartney in Paris, and True to Life: 50 steps to help you tell your story, which is the textbook for her courses. Her second memoir Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found, about her life as an actress and the year, 1979, when everything changed, was released in September 2020. She is on the conference committee and the board of the Creative Nonfiction Collective. 

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Canadian Jewish Playwriting competition, 1994
winner, Excellence in Teaching Award, U of T, 2012
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