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Where Do Ideas Come From?

2 Hours • with Sarah Jane Cody • All Levels

  • Starts May 19
  • 60 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

Do you ever get stuck when you need to come up with an idea? As writers, we are tasked with constant invention. Whether to develop something in our existing projects or in the initial-conception stage when we're trying to summon a viable idea for something to write, be it fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or hybrid work. (We might not even know what form we're looking for yet!) But where do ideas come from when we need them? How can we trigger our own internal geniuses––or, the word I'd like to use for the powerful mechanism of invention that resides within each of us. In this class, we'll look at a number of reliable methods for inspiring our own most dazzling and compelling original ideas. We'll talk about what makes an idea "good," and how to begin developing our initial ideas. We'll do a number of exercises, and you'll walk away with a mini toolkit for next time you're stuck or looking ignite some word magic. INSTRUCTOR ​SARAH JANE CODY is the Marketing Assistant at PVWW, in addition to her role as an instructor. Her stories and essays have appeared in journals such as in The Common, Gulf Coast, and The Cincinnati Review, among others. She is a former assistant prose editor at Pigeon Pages, where she was also a reader since near the time of the journal's inception. She was a finalist for Pleiades’s 2018 G.B. Crump Prize in Experimental Fiction, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s a graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and an alumnus of Tin House’s Summer Workshop. Currently, she’s at work on a novel and a memoir. Find her online at

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If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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