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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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 236 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.

    "Remembering Your Story" with special guest Thomas Krafft

    "Remembering Your Story" with special guest Thomas Krafft

    On episode #115 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and special guest Thomas Krafft talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss new content on our Patreon page and upcoming shows and workshops.
    April 21: Humor in Storytelling (8:00 PM EST) (4 weeks) April 24: "School Days" (7:00 PM EST) May 15: Storytelling workshop (beginners) (9:30 AM EST) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about the way that a simple statement, when given enough thought and consideration, can produce a story.  
    Next Matt and Thomas discuss strategies for remembering content for the stage, incluidng:
    Memorizing versus remembering Strategies for practicing aloud Strategies for recording Active listening The reverse memory palace Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Thomas:
    Geocaching  Matt:
    Photo rotation
    _______________________________________________ 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 27 min
    Questions Answered!

    Questions Answered!

    On episode #114 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling! And answering your questions! 
    In our follow up segment, we discuss new content on our Patreon page and upcoming shows and workshops.
    April 21: Humor in Storytelling (8:00 PM EST) (4 weeks) April 24: "School Days" (7:00 PM EST) May 15: Storytelling workshop (beginners) (9:30 AM EST) In our Homework for Life segment, Elysha explains to Matt how one of his Homework for Life entries can make a great story. 
    Next we answer lots of listener questions!
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Wandavision on Netflix Moby Dicks in Pictures by Matt Kish

    _______________________________________________ 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
    Two Little Jewish Dicks:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIrItw1hsSI
    Shoe Thief:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl_gQhsPqXA

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Donna Shubrooks: "Driveway Interview"

    Donna Shubrooks: "Driveway Interview"

    On episode #113 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss new content on our Patreon page and upcoming shows and workshops.
    March 20: "Weddings Behind the Scenes" (7:00 PM EST) April 21: Humor in Storytelling (8:00 PM EST) (4 weeks) April 24: "School Days" (7:00 PM EST) May 15: Storytelling workshop (beginners) (9:30 AM EST) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about the way that Homework for Life can help illuminate a story that took years to complete. 
    Next we listen to a story by Donna Shubrooks.  
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Humor strategies in storytelling
    Dispensing information without leaving the confines of the story 
    Spooling
    Openings 
    Avoiding describing scenes after the fact
    Next we answer questions about subtle stories and storytelling introductions.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    https://www.cookingwithshereen.com Matt:
    Speck of Dust by Sarah Silverman (Netflix) 

    _______________________________________________ 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

    • 54 min
    SPECIAL EPISODE #5: Real Life People in a Book - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    SPECIAL EPISODE #5: Real Life People in a Book - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    In this special episode of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast,  Matthew Shepard and Steve Brouse talk about what it's like to become characters in a book of fiction and other oddities in the  creation of Matt's novel, "Twenty-one Truths About Love," a book written entirely in list form.
    In this series of 5 episodes, Matt, along with Elysha, several friends, his editor, and the illustrator of the cover, will pull back the curtains on publishing. They'll talk about the writing process, creativity, collaboration, stumbling blocks, and more.  
    "Twenty-one Truths About Love" is now available in paperback and can be purchased wherever you get books. 

    • 45 min
    SPECIAL EPISODE #4: Stumbling Blocks - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    SPECIAL EPISODE #4: Stumbling Blocks - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    In this special episode of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matt and storyteller Jeni Bonaldo talk about the stumbling blocks that occurred in the writing of Matt's novel, "Twenty-one Truths About Love," a book written entirely in list form.
    In this series of 5 episodes, Matt, along with Elysha, several friends, his editor, and the illustrator of the cover, will pull back the curtains on publishing. They'll talk about the writing process, creativity, collaboration, stumbling blocks, and more.  
    "Twenty-one Truths About Love" is now available in paperback and can be purchased wherever you get books. 

    • 27 min
    SPECIAL EPISODE #3: My Cover Designer and Me - "Twenty-one Truths About Love""

    SPECIAL EPISODE #3: My Cover Designer and Me - "Twenty-one Truths About Love""

    In this special episode of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matt and designer Kerri Resnick talk about the creation of Matt's novel, "Twenty-one Truths About Love," a book written entirely in list form.
    In this series of 5 episodes, Matt, along with Elysha, several friends, his editor, and the illustrator of the cover, will pull back the curtains on publishing. They'll talk about the writing process, creativity, collaboration, stumbling blocks, and more.  
    "Twenty-one Truths About Love" is now available in paperback and can be purchased wherever you get books. 

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
236 Ratings

236 Ratings

rjordin ,

Great stories!

I never knew storytelling was even a thing people did and worked on. I happened upon Matt who was a guest on another podcast I listen to and was so interested in his story and info so I started listening. So many great stories and I love hearing both his and his wife’s thoughts about the craft of storytelling. I absolutely loved the Storytelling Workshop Sneak Peek episode! It was soooo interesting to hear stories from beginners who are working on them. I hope they do another one like that. It also made me think I might enjoy participating in one of his workshops.

tom in Connectict ,

I’m a new listener

Heard Matthew first time on the Risk.
I’m really enjoying Matt & Elyssa”s program.

Jon from California ,

Daily listen

Matthew and Elysha have a wonderful dynamic in which they are so kind and respectful to each other even when they disagree. They bring to life stories which I thought were mundane or just regular occurrences. I haven’t yet begun telling stories on stage, but I have paid more attention to the stories I tell to others. We share life with so many people that we barely know. Sharing stories has been the bridge to a new level of building relationships. These relationships and the intimacy that we share through stories will always be more treasured than material possessions. Thank you for shedding light on a whole new world for me.

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