Artists’ Lives in Literature and Film

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Friday ; 12pm – 2pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc).  Workshop Full  

Where does artistic creativity and courage come from? Why do some artists overcome challenges and leave lasting influences? How do authors and directors choose to represent artists? Join us as we investigate various artists’ lives, struggles, choices, influences, and artistic creations using both books (mainly novels) and movies. Members are expected to read or watch each session’s book or film (see text and artist list) and present once, choosing to focus on the artist’s life, artwork, or legacy; literary or cinematic analysis; historical accuracy; and/or issues and themes raised in the text. Note: this is a smaller-group workshop with one in-depth presentation, and extensive discussion, per session. 


Trudy Akler ( loves to analyze literature and art, and has a growing interest in women’s stories and histories. Long-term experience includes arts and gifted education, book club presentations, the Global Art Project for Peace, and a lifetime of creative projects. 

Terry Murray ( has been a medical journalist for more than 40 years. She is the author of Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto about Toronto’s gargoyles and other architectural sculpture (Anansi, 2006), and spent 10 years researching the life of Merle Foster, a once-prominent Toronto sculptor. 

Workshop Notes:

Texts List