• Date: Wednesdays; Sept. 24 to Nov. 12 
• time: 10 a.m. to noon 
• location: Pilgrim Congregational Church 
• Maximum enrollment: 10

In this course, we will use free-writing to explore memoir. What are your “big” or “small” memories? Where do you come from? Where are you going? What about your family lineage, traditions, pivotal choices you’ve made, charged moments that have shaped your understanding of selfhood and community? Through short sketches, you will build momentum, play with syntax, and encourage your unique voice. Getting words on paper will
become natural. At the end of our 8 weeks together, your notebook will contain a collection of your “histories,” and we will have learned more about each other and ourselves. Come engage in the ancient art of storytelling! Come listen to each other, give and receive feedback, and ultimately, have a lot of fun.

Molly Caro May is a writer who leads place-based writing workshops across the country. Her work has appeared in Orion Magazine, Salon, and Fourth Genre, among others. She is the author of The Map of Enough: One Woman’s Search for Place. Learn more at www.mollycaromay.com

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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 September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust