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Speak Up Storytelling

Jul 16, 2018

On episode #9, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life," including how a storytelling deep dive into a particular day can often yield fantastic results and how stories that stretch across long periods of time should be told in particular ways. 

Then we listen to Alan Mackenzie's story about being a new boy in town in search of friendship and love, followed by commentary and critique, including:

1. Elevating stakes in a story

2. The use of the present tense

3. Word and sentence choices in storytelling

4. Universal themes

5. The importance of introducing important characters early in a story

Elysha and Matt also answer listener questions about telling stories to children and offer some recommendations. 


Homework for Life:

Matt's robbery story:

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