Thanks to writer Stephen Hunt and Calgary Arts Development for featuring me in The Storytelling Project about people creating a vital, prosperous and connected city through the arts.
Food has always been my creative outlet – even when I was a nurse for over two decades. Now, whether I’m cooking for family and friends, creating recipes, writing cookbooks or columns, helping to produce radio or television pieces or using my food tour company to create cultural value for my favourite food artisans, chefs and farmers; food has become the muse that allows me to contribute the most to my community.
You can read a bit about how my “new” career evolved in the article at the source: Karen Anderson
I believe that contributing to life with whatever kind of creativity we are blessed with will always help a human being savour it all. What helps you thrive?
The Okanagan Food and Wine Writer’s Workshop, 2012 poster
This year’s Okanagan Food and Wine Writer’s Workshop is April 28 to May 1, 2013 in Kelowna, British Columbia. You can register here. The workshop is open to all food and wine writers – newbie to thoroughly nuanced. I attended last year for the first time and got a lot out of it. I’m going back this year.
People often talk about gifts that keep on giving. Sending myself to the OKFWWWorkshop was that kind of gift to myself. I went with an open mind. I did not know what to expect. I have been freelancing for about six years and have worked with some great editors and producers that have made my writing stronger. I have two regular columns; one on must-have kitchen and pantry ingredients for City Palate magazine in Calgary and an ongoing CBC Radio One food column for Alberta at Noon. I have had many food and travel articles published across Canada and have written for an online magazine in Paris. Still, I had been feeling blind as a writer. I had been feeling my way. I wanted to shed some light on the processes involved in professional food and wine writing. The workshop added a lot of wattage to the dim lightbulb over my head.
“5 ways to access creativity by John Cleese”
I am home alone today. My son and husband have gone skiing. My husband suggested I stay home since there was no new snow. We’re such snow snobs here in Alberta. He’ll be travelling and leaving me as the more frequent driver to our son’s ski lessons in the weekends to come. He gave me the gift of some time and space alone on this crisp, clear, cold Canadian winter’s day. I love that man. So what am I doing with the bonus situation I find myself in? Continue reading