If you’re really set on taking a class from a favorite quilting author or instructor, haunt their website. News of their travels will often show up there first, and if you don’t see a venue that’s within your travel range (or budget!), email the instructor and ask about their future schedule. Better yet, get with your program chair for your local quilt guild, or the owner of the local quilt shop and share your wishes. Maybe they can arrange for your favorite instructor to come to your area.