“When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched.   But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.” –Henry Miller

Listed below is an overview of current interactive book discussions, lectures, literary presentations and workshops. New titles are constantly emerging tailored to your specific program needs.

To contact me with your requests, for pricing information, or any other questions you may have — please click here.

flimFiction to Film-Book Discussion and Film Comparison: The Making of a Movie

Why do movie versions of a book we love often not meet our expectations?  Join in conversation about the similarities and differences of these two mediums and what happens when contemporary stories are transformed into film.
Available as an ongoing series or onetime overview.

booksBook Discussions and Reviews: Focusing on a selected title or theme.

Two Brand New Programs:

TED  Talks…ideas worth spreading  

View and Discuss

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conferences “where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their life in 18 minutes or less.”  TED talks encompass a broad spectrum of ideas including science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

Join Fran Cohen in viewing several of these dynamic TED videos to explore some unique ideas.   An open discussion  to share your thoughts and responses will follow.      Ongoing series available.


Do you enjoy travel?  Do you love to go to theater,museums, concerts?     Would you like to know how to save money or even go free to some of your favorite entertainment experiences?

Join Fran Cohen as she shares insight, tips, personal experience and a variety of creative resources to maximize your fun at minimal expense.     Resource list provided.

Lecture Topics:

HOT OFF THE PRESS                                               So many books, so little time

Want to get a heads up on good books to read?

Survey the scene of contemporary, thought provoking books wonderful for discussion. Dramatic readings from selected works and thoughts shared from having met many of the authors. Reading list provided.

The Artist as Fiction’s Muse

(Art through the novelist’s eyes) Currently a number of contemporary writers have focused on either the role of the artist as main character and/or found inspiration in the works of some of our most revered painters: Vermeer, Matisse, Van Gogh, Italian Masters, etc.
Discussion and reading from selected novels to explore the variety and creative use of art infused fiction.

womenIn the Words of Women

Enjoy a celebration of readings and an intriguing discussion of themes and ideas from the works of some of the late 20th century’s best known and best loved authors. Selections will be made from Margaret Atwood, Gloria Naylor, Isabel Alllende, Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Anne Tyler and others.

Travel by the Book

We know how books transport us to varied places; real and imagined. There are a wealth of contemporary writings whose settings are so vividly described that they have actually caused an influx of tourism. Review a number of these “travel motivators.” Resource list provided.

Women Who Dared

Learn of the lives and work of three very distinct women, Maya Angelou, Beryl Markham and Anzia Yezierska. Each rose above the limitations of their early background, ignored societal restrictions and went on to live extraordinary lives.

World Voices: Crossing Literary Borders

Very recently we’ve seen an explosion of new books from international writers  bringing us greater insight into today’s global issues.   Attempting to bridge a cultural divide, these novels, memoirs and  non- fictions, present history on a more personal level.   Join with dynamic book group facilitator, Fran Cohen, in a discussion and reading of selected works from distant lands.  Reading list provided.

Women History Makers

Review the Women’s Movement through the eyes and writing of Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Susan Faludi, Naomi Wolf, Katha Pollitt, etc.

masksImprovisation-For the Fun of It!

Ready to just laugh? Explore your creativity and imagination as we develop spontaneous theater. Hats, costumes, props provided. Through theater games, group dynamics, acting techniques, we will  create characters and stories. No experience necessary; just prepare to have fun.

writingCreative Writing Workshop

Wake up that writer in you. Are you secretly ______ (fill in the blank with your favorite author) ? Experiment with unusual ways of getting your thoughts on paper. No experience necessary. Bring paper, pen and a blindfold. Series Available

How to Get Published

Explore your potential as a writer as we learn successful techniques for getting your work into print. Topics will include locating sources, market trends, handling rejections and how to query a publisher.   Self publishing opportunities will be discussed as well. Series Available

Learn to Write a Spiritual Autobiography

Participate in a special workshop that highlights the nature of a Spiritual Autobiography and offers you tools to begin a journey toward writing your own. No writing or spiritual experience necessary. Resources, examples and
exercises provided. Series Available