Instructor: Ilona Popper

Dates: Fridays, Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7, 21, 28 (no class Oct. 14)

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

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Maximum Enrollment: 8

Registration: Required

Memoirs, poems, nature journals, essays, fiction—whatever the genre, your writing takes root from the first words you put on the page. 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 moving naturally into revision and craft. Participants will discuss writings with the group, learn techniques, draft some new pieces in session, and practice identifying the heart of each piece.

Ilona Popper, poet and freelance writer, has taught writing and literature for forty years. She’s the author of the poetry book Break and of articles about wildlife, animals, and people. Her poems have been published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Antietam Review, and other journals. Ilona coaches writers and teaches writing seminars. Her blog is at


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust