Instructor: Ilona Popper

Dates: 5 sessions: Fridays; Oct. 6, 13, 27, and Nov. 3, 10 (no class Oct. 20)

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church Limit: 7

Price: $290

Memoirs, poems, nature journals, essays, fiction—writing takes root from the first words you put down on paper. As your ideas take shape on the page, they change, develop, and may even surprise you. This seminar teaches an organic way of writing, drawing from your unconscious, creative mind, with its genius for associations and voice, and evolving naturally into revision and craft. Participants will discuss writings with the group, learn techniques, draft new pieces in session, and practice identifying the core of each piece.

Ilona Popper, poet and freelance writer, has coached writers and taught writing and literature for more than forty years. She is the author of the poetry book, Break, and her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including the Beloit Poetry Journal and Elk River Book’s Unearthing Paradise. Ilona has written documentary scripts for Bob Landis Wildlife Films and articles about wildlife, drawn from her life at the edge of Yellowstone National Park. Her website is










Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust