100 episodes

Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks partners with his wife, Elysha Dicks, to share stories recorded from years of Speak Up shows. More importantly, they offer tips, feedback, strategies, and advice on these stories, all in an effort to help you tell your best stories.

Speak Up Storytelling Matthew and Elysha Dicks

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 3 Ratings

Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks partners with his wife, Elysha Dicks, to share stories recorded from years of Speak Up shows. More importantly, they offer tips, feedback, strategies, and advice on these stories, all in an effort to help you tell your best stories.

    Ann Guo: "Waiting for an Answer"

    Ann Guo: "Waiting for an Answer"

    On episode #101 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss upcoming shows and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    August 22: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual) September 12: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (8:00 PM) (virtual) September 26: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 24: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 25: Speak Up-Voices of Hope showcase (11:00 AM) (virtual) STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    September 12: Storytelling master class at MOPCO Improv Theater (10:00-6:00) (virtual) October 30-November 1: Storytelling weekend workshop at Copper Beech Institute (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about nearly missing a storyworthy moment by not recognizing the impact it could have on an audience.    
    Next we listen to a story by Ann Guo.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Temporal transitions 
    Opening sentences 
    The power of nostalgia
    Pacing and pausing Vulberability
    Next we answer a questions about apps and programs to record stories and Homework for Life.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    When characters in musicals transition from speaking to singing: http://bit.ly/2kfjzbZ Matt:
    Ten Lessons From Top Film Editors: https://bit.ly/3gdR31U _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Speak Up merch at Cotton Bureau: https://bit.ly/3gc1h35
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Clara and Charlie Dicks: "3-2-1"

    Clara and Charlie Dicks: "3-2-1"

    On episode #100 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling alongside their kids, Clara and Charlie! 
    In our follow up segment, we thank our listeners for their many kind messages about their 100th episode. 
    In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about moments that are invisible to the outside world but momentous to in the mind of the storyteller.    
    Next we listen to a stories by the whole family!
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Stakes
    Surprise 
    Story arcs
    Ending a story on the right note
    The value of improv 
    Next we answer a questions about Homework for Life. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    The Babysitter's Club (Netflix) Matt:
    The Twilight Zone (Netflix) _______________________________________________
    Greetings Little One: https://greetingslittleone.typepad.com
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Katherine Field: "Cat Versus Dog"

    Katherine Field: "Cat Versus Dog"

    On episode #99 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss firehouse and stripper poles as well as upcoming shows and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    July 11: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (7:30 PM) (virtual) STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    July 11: Advanced storytelling workshop in partnership with MOPCO Improv Theater (11:00-6:00 PM) (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about moments that have more than one beat, and how the smaller side of a large moment often makes for the best story.   
    Next we listen to a story by Katie Field.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Subtly in storytelling
    Living your story as you tell it 
    Breaking the rules
    Define characters throughout a story
    Centering thoughts in scenes
    Next we answer a questions about The Moth StorySLAM community and Elysha's view on Matt's storytelling. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Strawberry rhubarb crumble: https://bit.ly/2Zzu22s Matt:
    Art as a gift _______________________________________________
    Moth GrandSLAM story: "Genetic Flaws" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajU08oQxbDo
    "We adopted two cats. Our kids' reaction was... unexpected" -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDIF2Nte55A
    Greetings Little One: https://greetingslittleone.typepad.com
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Kat Koppett: "Prayers for Aslan"

    Kat Koppett: "Prayers for Aslan"

    On episode #98 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we share emails from listeners and discuss our first Speak Up virtual show. We also discuss upcoming shows and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    July 11: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (7:30 PM) (virtual) October 17: Speak Up at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    July 11: Advanced storytelling workshop in partnership with MOPCO Improv Theater (11:00-6:00 PM) (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about a moment that happened just prior to the recording and how to handle it.  
    Next we listen to a story by Kat Koppett.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Opening with a clear and vivid scene
    Lists 
    Breaking the rules
    Names
    Preserving surprise
    Next we answer a questions about Hannah Gadsy's comedy special "Nanette" and revealing secrets in stories. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Schitt's Creek (television show) Matt:
    The Twilight Zone (television show) "To Serve Man" - https://bit.ly/2Nxubh6 _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Roszena Haskins: "Combination"

    Roszena Haskins: "Combination"

    On episode #97 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss the events taking place in our country right now and how we hope to begin moving in the right direction. We also discuss upcoming shows and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    June 20: "Stories from Around the World" at the Connecticut Historical Society (virtual) July 11: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (7:30 PM) (virtual)  October 17: Speak Up at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    June 15, 22, 29, and July 6, 13, and 20: Advanced storytelling workshop (8:00-9:30 PM EST) (virtual) July 11: Master class in partnership with MOPCO Improv Theater (9:30-4:30 PM) (virtual) July 27-31: Storytelling boot camp, CT Historical Society In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about the power of contrast when trying to turn a moment into a story.  
    Next we listen to a story by Roszena Haskins.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Shifting tones in stories
    Pausing 
    Explanation reveals with humor
    The power of the "but"
    Preserving surprise
    Next we answer a questions about our marriage and maintaining curiosity in an audience. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Fuck the Bread. The Bread is Over - https://bit.ly/3gUQQ4C Matt:
    The Science of Well Being - https://bit.ly/2MxzCMI _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Kathy Binder: "Permanence and Regret"

    Kathy Binder: "Permanence and Regret"

    On episode #96 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss our absence for the last couple weeks, share emails from listeners around the world, and describe upcoming events.  
    In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about identifying and crafting seemingly tiny moments into stories. 
    Next we listen to a story by Kim Damokosh.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Scenes and backstory
    Telling stories that take place over a long period of time chronologically
    Humor and vulnerability
    Losing the thread of your story
    Topic sentences and thesis statements
    Next we answer a question about hero stories
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    13 Ways to Look at a Blackbird: https://bit.ly/2AyZW6e Birdhouse: https://amzn.to/2ZewDjE Matt:
    Journals by Kurt Cobain: https://amzn.to/2LBo8XY _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 18 min

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After listening for maybe 30 shows I feel I can now honestly review this podcast. I very much enjoy this show, the wife/husband dynamics took a tiny bit of getting used to but I now love the interplay between them, it’s a great exchange of differing ideas and good mutual conclusions to “storycraft” I am hooked! I bought the book and I’m 27 days into homework for life??? Keep it up mr and mrs Dicks!

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