Live, essential lessons from a lifetime of learning.

Live, essential lessons from a lifetime of learning

What could you learn with the chance to spend time with people you’ve long admired?

What could you do if they shared the essential things they had devoted their lives to learning?

Five Things I’ve Learned online classes connect you with creative leaders and thinkers eager to share the lessons of their own experience. Each session is designed to help you develop your abilities, broaden your understanding, and ignite your passion.

Classes take place live, online. The video archive is available on demand so that you can easily view again when class concludes, whenever and wherever you like.

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Upcoming Classes

How Characters Come to Life

Laurie R. King

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How Characters Come to Life

Live: Saturday, January 30, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King and discover the five things she’s learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for her readers.

How to be a Travel Writer

Don George

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How to be a Travel Writer

Live: Saturday, February 6, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join the author of How to Be a Travel Writer, Lonely Planet’s best-selling guide to travel writing, and discover the five things that Don George has learned about what makes a great travel story — and how to maximize your chances for publishing success.

Moral Injury and its Personal Consequence

Janine di Giovanni

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Moral Injury and its Personal Consequence

Live: Sunday, February 7, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni and discover the five things she’s learned about understanding and surviving the moral injury individuals suffer when forced to witness an event that goes against their moral core.

How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Anne Midgette

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How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Live: Saturday, February 20, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join acclaimed music critic and opera insider Anne Midgette and discover the five things she’s learned that make it easy to appreciate and enjoy this essential art form.

Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

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Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Live: Sunday, February 21, 3:00pm eastern/12:00pm pacific

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland — and her special guest Penelope Tree— and discover what she’s learned about documenting and sharing the lives of some of the transforming figures in art, culture, and fashion.

Writing the History We Think We Know

Catherine Grace Katz

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Writing the History We Think We Know

Live: Sunday, February 28, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join acclaimed historian and writer Catherine Grace Katz and discover the five things she’s learned about how to uncover and share the stories that challenge our ideas of history.

Deepening the Creative Flow

Pico Iyer

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Deepening the Creative Flow

Live: Saturday, March 6, 4:30pm eastern/1:30pm pacific

Join acclaimed writers and interviewers Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro and discover the five things they’ve learned from own their experience — and from the experience of the many creative figures they’ve met — about cultivating and deepening the creative flow.

How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers

Elizabeth Lesser

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How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers

Live: Saturday, March 13, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join New York Times bestselling author and Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser and discover the five things she’s learned about what happens when women trust their instincts, dignify their values, and speak their truths — values and truths that redefine what it means to be a hero.

Living and Dying During the Pandemic

BJ Miller

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Living and Dying During the Pandemic

Live: Saturday, March 20, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join hospice and palliative care specialist Dr. BJ Miller and discover the five things he’s learn learned anew about living and preparing for death after this year of shared loss, challenge, and renewal.

The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer

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The Art of Stillness

Live: Saturday, March 27, 4:30pm eastern/1:30pm pacific

Join internationally-acclaimed writer Pico Iyer and discover the five things he’s learned about opening up space in our heads, and in our days.

Writing Fiction

Isabel Allende

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Writing Fiction

Live: Sunday, March 28, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join Isabel Allende, one of the most widely read and acclaimed authors in the world, and discover the five things she’s learned about writing fiction, discovering your voice, and writing the work you were born to create.

How to Look at Art

Jerry Saltz

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How to Look at Art

Live: Saturday, April 3, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join Pulitzer-Prize winning art critic and New York magazine columnist Jerry Saltz and discover the five things he’s learned about how artists and art lovers become really good at art.

Crafting a Sense of Place

Cara Black

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Crafting a Sense of Place

Live: Sunday, April 11, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cara Black and discover the five things she’s learned about the ways that a strong sense of place anchors readers and draws them into the story.

Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Janine di Giovanni

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Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Live: Sunday, April 18, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Join multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni and discover the five things she’s learned about writing — and appreciating — narrative non-fiction and memoir.

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