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Speak Up Storytelling

Sep 3, 2018

On episode #16, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life." Specifically, they discuss how storytellers can sometimes be in the middle of a story and not even know it.

Then we listen to Monica Cleveland's story about a long, silent date, followed by commentary and critique, including:

  1. Inhabiting your story
  2. The B-A-b-C structure of storytelling
  3. Preserving surprise via misdirection
  4. Silence in storytelling
  5. Choosing the appropriate amount of description for a story

Elysha and Matt then answer listener questions about storytelling for children and handling stories that risk alienating an audience.

Lastly, Matt and Elysha each offer a recommendation. 


Homework for Life:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 

"Cardboard Knight" -


Elysha: Everything is Alive (podcast) -

Matt: What the Heck? (podcast) -