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If you're not able to find local in-person crochet classes, then online is the next best thing! Crochetville has some great crochet classes for a small fee. The site allows you access to the course materials for 2 weeks after the end of the class, and you have the opportunity to post questions to the instructor during that time as well. Check it out at www.crochetville.org. Also, there are all sorts of instructional free videos available on www.youtube.com and www.videojug.com that demonstrate the basic crochet stitches as well as more difficult techniques.