If you find it hard to explain why art is beautiful, but crave to express your inner visions and exchange your artistic ideas, the Art Students League of New York is the right place for you. The school, run by member artists since 1875, offers pay-by-the-month courses in painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Call 212-247-4510 for a copy of the Art Students League catalog or more info. Ioana Veleanu
writing The Wesleyan Writers Conference(June 17-22) is a hot opportunity to hone your writing and learn from the professionals. Daily seminars include lectures, discussions, and exercises in writing novels, short stories, poetry, memoirs, and literary nonfiction. Private manuscript consultations are also offered. Tuition is $845 for boarding students; scholarships and fellowships are available (deadline for apps: April 12). See www.wesleyan.edu/writing for further information or contact the director, Anne Greene (860-685-3604; email@example.com), for application materials.
It may not have the New School's slick subway ads or Gotham's yellow dispensers, but the Asian American Writers Workshop (212-494-0061) has been offering affordable, year-round writing classes and readings for 10 years. Programs have included a six-week fiction workshop, "Women and Writing," with Ninotchka Rosca (March 26-April 30), and "The Poet's Voice" with Prageeta Sharma (April 2-May 21). See www.aaww.org for more spring offerings and events or contact Anantha Sudhakar, program director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Pablo Morales