Sparks: A Generative Writing Workshop

Dates: April 5, 2022

Meets: Tu from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church

OLLI Member: $40.00

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Spark fresh drafts and discover core ideas: we'll write in-session, share writings, and hear responses. Learn an organic method of writing, which helps you tap into the brilliance of your unconscious mind. We focus on the moment you first put words on the page, creating something out of nothing. The raw, unpolished work becomes a blueprint, and structure and fresh language emerge from the earliest lines. Writing takes shape almost magically! Open to all levels and genres: journals, fiction, poetry, essays, field notes, and experimental pieces.

Apply for a needs-based scholarship to take this offering.

Fee:   $40.00

Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church

2152 Graf St Bozeman, MT 59718

Ilona Popper

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

Participants will learn how to generate writing that is rich with possibility, starting from the blank page. Participants learn how to mine their own first drafts for gold and how to find the same in the writings of other students and authors. The course emphasizes close reading, creating a writing practice, and using writing as a way of discovering or thinking about something. The instructor, Ilona Popper, teaches her copyrighted method.


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