Did you know that baby giraffes can stand within half a minute of their birth? That NASA estimates one piece of space junk returns to earth each day? That in 1518 there was a month-long plague of dancing, during which several people danced themselves to death? Often the real world presents facts that seem stranger than fiction. In this workshop, we’ll explore how we can use facts in our fictional stories not only to add color to our prose, but also to serve as powerful metaphors that can illuminate certain aspects of our characters, deepen our understanding of the world, and even undermine societal norms. After using magazines and the Internet to find facts that stand out to us, we’ll begin to develop characters and stories that “respond” to these facts in interesting and nuanced ways.