An experienced writer often begins her story with a factual nugget (or perhaps several) that she cannot stop thinking about. Such ideas are said to “resonate” and the discerning author learns when such ideas are worth the devotion of months or years of writing time. Using examples from her own work, and the writing of others, Brenda Baker will discuss in depth what it means to be a discerning writer, and how stories may resonate differently for different audiences. Through written exercises participants will learn more about how resonant historical facts and personal experiences can feed the imagination and inspire more interesting, emotional stories that are rich in meaning. Participants will deepen their understanding of how we sometimes get at the truth by telling lies.