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Speak Up Storytelling

Oct 1, 2018

On episode #19, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life." They discuss how small moments with universal appeal can often make great stories.

Next, we listen to Valerie Gordon's outstanding story about a surprising encounter with Neil Diamond, followed by commentary and critique, including:

  1. Telling stories that include extraordinary events that are not specifically about or depend upon the extraordinary event
  2. The purpose and power of repetition
  3. The brilliant use of internal and external dialogue
  4. Breaking the "stories must be told in scenes" rule
  5. The power of uncertainty 
  6. Ending a story with heart

Then we answer listener questions about crafting rhythm in stories and what it's like to be married to someone who shares so much of his life with the world. 

Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 


Homework for Life:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 

Strip Club of My Own Making:

Sex With Corn:


Elysha: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls -

Matt: Patti Smith at the 2016 Nobel Prize Ceremony -