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
    • 4.9 • 228 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.

    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
    SPECIAL EPISODE #2: My Editor and Me - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    SPECIAL EPISODE #2: My Editor and Me - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    In this special episode of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matt and editor Hannah Braaten 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. 

    • 27 min
    SPECIAL EPISODE #1: The Birth of a Book - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    SPECIAL EPISODE #1: The Birth of a Book - "Twenty-one Truths About Love"

    In this special episode of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matt and Elysha 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. 

    • 23 min
    Sue Huggans: "Handling Money"

    Sue Huggans: "Handling Money"

    On episode #112 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss Elysha's recovery from COVID-19, a public service announcement on birds, upcoming shows and workshops, and more.  
    In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about finding stories through contrast. 
    Next we listen to a story by Sue Huggans. 
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    The chronology of storytelling
    Controlling your audience's wonder
    Description without adjectives
    The powerful combination of surprise and vulnerability 
    Avoiding describing scenes after the fact
    Next we answer questions about our podcasting equipment, Charlie's finger, and creating a family legacy. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Thekitchn.com Matt:
    Springsteen on Broadway 

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    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 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

Pcflyer777 ,

Love it!

Highly entertaining. I am hooked.

Bwbasinger ,

Amazing!!!

I just started listening, and I am already hooked. I am doing homework for life daily, and I have already written five stories in just over a week. I cannot wait to share my stories with my students when we return to school!

eb146403 ,

Amazing stories, great hosts

This is a fantastic storytelling podcast, especially if you're working on your own craft, because brilliant story coaches Matt and Elysha break down each story.

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