CLEAR LAKE — "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert will be discussed at February’s CreativeSynergy.

The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S. Fourth St., Clear Lake.

Gilbert is the author of the best-selling memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love."

“This book is a must read for anyone trying to live a creative life,” said Paula Hanus, director at the Clear Lake Arts Center.

“Willa Paskin of the "New York Times" summed it up best when she said "Big Magic" encourages us to live a life driven by curiosity as opposed to fear. For me personally, this is the definition of creative living,” Hanus said.

This will be CreativeSynergy’s first book chat and will be led by veteran chatters Ann Beasley and Jane Fogg.

CreativeSynergy is a networking group for anyone whose job is to create new ideas, new technology or new creative content.

The group meets monthly at 5:30 p.m., typically the second Tuesday of the month, at the arts center. This month, it's the second Monday.

There is no charge to attend or fee to join. Light snacks and a cash bar of beer and wine are available.

Registration is appreciated but not required. This event is sponsored by Chris White-Rozendaal.

After the book chat, people are invited to join Bev Clapsaddle for "Big Magic Continued …"

Clapsaddle will lead the four-week workshop, an exploration and discovery into creative living, with creative activities and exercises. Attending the book chat or reading the book is not required for the workshop.

"Big Magic Continued …" begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, and meets every Thursday through March 9 at the Clear Lake Arts Center. It is free to arts center members, with a $5 per class fee for non-members.

To register for either event, call the arts center at 641-357-1998 or email