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Speak Up Storytelling

Nov 19, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners in the United States. 

Elysha and I are taking the holiday off and rebroadcasting episode #14, which features the joyous story of Renae Edge. 

We thought it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving Day listen. 

We'll be back next week with a brand new episode. 


On episode #14, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life," including moments that storytellers see but non-storytellers might not. 

Then we listen to Renae Edge's story about finding her voice for the first time, followed by commentary and critique, including:

  1. The effective use of backstory or flashbacks in a story
  2. The components of an especially effective beginning to a story
  3. Singing in stories
  4. Strong feelings about dream sequences
  5. Specificity of names

Elysha and Matt then answer listener questions about building a story with flashbacks and telling effective best man speeches. 

Lastly, Matt and Elysha each offer a recommendation. 


Homework for Life:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 

Malcolm Gladwell's "Her Way" (Moth story):


Elysha: Our family's ice cream adventures - 

Matt: Memento in order -