Nick Chiarkas attended the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat in search of personal enrichment. “This is where I came to get inspired, to feel, and to learn it all again,” says Chiarkas, a public defender turned novelist.

By contrast, Caroline Miller registered for the Substance Use Disorders Certificate Program for the purpose of professional development. “It’s a great opportunity to learn the most up-to-date information from experts in the field of substance use disorders,” Miller says.

You’ll find many such opportunities for both personal enrichment and professional development in the 2017 Fall Catalog from University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies. Whether you want to explore a topic, develop a skill, or advance in your career, they open the door to transformational experiences.

The Fall Catalog is available online and in the July 27 edition of Isthmus, offering more than 200 face-to-face classes, online classes, workshops, lectures, and educational travel options. Are you a music enthusiast who’s always wanted to explore The Art of Piano Tuning? We have you covered. Are you a health professional in search of the latest techniques for helping older adults? The catalog has multiple options. Lifelong learners of all kinds can browse the course listings to find accessible, affordable offerings that fit their interests.

As a bonus, the Fall Catalog features a Lifelong Learning Giveaway, which you can enter by Aug. 28 to win a two-night stay at the UW Lowell Center and $200 off a Continuing Studies class. Four runner-ups will win $200 off a Continuing Studies course. Course prices start at $45; the randomly selected winners will be notified no later than Sept. 28, 2017.

Escape your everyday routine

The Fall Catalog offers an educational trip to the Galapagos Islands.

A highlight of the Fall Catalog’s personal enrichment courses is a series on Jane Austen’s novels and cultural context.

A highlight among the personal enrichment courses is a series on Jane Austen’s novels and cultural context.

There’s also a wide range of offerings in art, creative writing, dance and movement, music, languages, theater, and history and humanities. Among the new courses are Visual Storytelling in Mixed Media, Broadway Jazz Dance Fundamentals, The Conductor’s Art, English Grammar for the Real World, Literary Magazine Workshop, and From Durango to the Dairy State: A History of Latinos in Wisconsin.

Adventurers interested in an educational trip can sign up for tours of the Galapagos Islands or South Africa.

For those seeking professional development, the Fall Catalog offers continuing education in aging and long-term care, distance education, human services, life coaching, mediation and conflict resolution, ethics and boundaries, mental health, and leadership, management, and workplace skills.

New offerings include End of Life Dementia Care, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, and Leadership in an Age of Permanent Whitewater.

Are you searching for a job or considering a new career? Check out the Job Search Support Group or the workshops Career Change 101 and Tools for Purposeful Career Change.

If you’re looking to escape your everyday routine for a rewarding learning experience, see here to learn more about Continuing Studies classes for fall 2017. In Nick Chiarkas’ words, this is where you come to get inspired.