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Speak Up Storytelling

Sep 24, 2018

On episode #18, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life." They discuss how the stories we find in a day can sometimes be the building blocks of much larger stories. They also hear from two listeners on how Homework for Life is changing their lives. 

Next, we listen to Ron Apter's outstanding story about fatherhood, followed by commentary and critique, including:

  1. Building a story from a single moment
  2. Stories that take place in narrowly defined settings
  3. Strong beginnings
  4. Two strategies to create humor in storytelling
  5. Vocabulary choice

Then we answer a listener question about using swear words and racial, ethnic, and religious slurs in storytelling. 

Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 


Homework for Life:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 

Shoe Thief:

The Diary of Samuel Pepys:

Erin Barker "Good News Vs. Bad" -


Elysha: Last Stop on Market Street -

Matt: Here's How to Brag Without Making People Hate You-