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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

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.

    "The Other Mother" book launch event

    "The Other Mother" book launch event

    On episode #110 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, we present the virtual launch of Matt's latest novel, "The Other Mother."
    The show features stories, a musical interlude, interviews, and questions. 
    "The Other Mother" is now available wherever you get books. 
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    Purchase The Other Mother:
    https://amzn.to/3guV5Eh
    Speak Up Storytelling: http://speakupstorytelling.com
    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
    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 51 min
    Matthew Dicks: "Wonder Woman Breakdown"

    Matthew Dicks: "Wonder Woman Breakdown"

    On episode #109 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss future workshops and more.  
    Then Matt breaks down the latest installment of the Wonder Woman franchise, as well as the original Wonder Woman film and Mary Poppins returns, focusing on characterization and the endings.
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    Speak Up Storytelling: http://speakupstorytelling.com
    The Other Mother Book Launch Extravaganza: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-other-mother-book-launch-extravaganza-tickets-133903722639
    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 The Other Mother:
    https://amzn.to/3guV5Eh
    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

    • 31 min
    Scott Gawlicki: "Body Parts and Gambling"

    Scott Gawlicki: "Body Parts and Gambling"

    On episode #108 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss future workshops and more.  
    In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about finding stories in the quietest of places.
    Next we listen to a story by Scott Gawlicki. 
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Humor via specificity and nostalgia
    Opening with a clear scene
    Defining terms
    Allowing the audience to get ahead of you
    A perfect beginning and ending equilibrium
    Next we answer a question about storytelling for dating and finding a storytelling community.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Prom (Netflix film) Matt:
    Soul (Disney film)

    _______________________________________________ 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
    Pre-order The Other Mother:
    https://amzn.to/3guV5Eh
    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 13 min
    David Golder: "The Baby Bird"

    David Golder: "The Baby Bird"

    On episode #107 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss future workshops and more.  
    In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about finding and crafting stories from the past.  
    Next we listen to a story by David Golder. 
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Humor  
    Effective use of lists
    Just enough detail
    Maximizing surprise
    The strength behind vulnerability
    Next we answer a question about using stories in bios.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Toaster Pets Matt:
    52 Things I Learned in 2020 by Tom Whitwell

    _______________________________________________ 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
    Pre-order The Other Mother:
    https://amzn.to/3guV5Eh
    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 13 min
    Emily Apter: "Time Capsule"

    Emily Apter: "Time Capsule"

    On episode #106 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss copyright and upcoming shows, workshops, and more.  
    In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about taking advantage of historical moments in time to craft stories. 
    Next we listen to a story by Emily Apter. 
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Oral storytelling vs. essay  
    Effective use of lists
    The power of contrast
    Pacing
    Opening lines
    Next we answer questions about a possible possible on marriage and breaking the storytelling rules.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Emma marathon Matt:
    The Story Collider's recent COVID-19 series

    _______________________________________________ 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
    Pre-order The Other Mother:
    https://amzn.to/3guV5Eh
    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 16 min
    Cathy Dunn: "Roller Blades"

    Cathy Dunn: "Roller Blades"

    On episode #105 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss Elysha's recent brush with COVID-19 and our upcoming shows. 
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    November 21: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" at Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about seeking surprise and contrast when finding stories in our lives and allowing seemingly small moments to possibly find legs. 
    Next we listen to a story by Cathy Dunn. 
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Ordering of content  
    The slow reveal
    Vocabulary choices
    Strong words that evoke strong emotions
    Capturing key scenes second by second
    Next we answer a questions about ex-girlfriend stories and layering in storytelling to business presentations. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    My Octopus Teacher Octopus Dreaming on PBS Matt:
    The Incredible Story of the Great Cannonball Boom

    _______________________________________________ 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 9 min

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