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Speak Up Storytelling

Dec 10, 2018

The combination of Hanukah and an injury (happily not too serious) to our son's foot has made it impossible to record a new episode for you this week, so please enjoy this rebroadcast of one of our most popular episodes ever.

Elysha and I will be back next week with a brand new episode. 

Happy Hanukah to all of our Jewish listeners! 


On episode #4 of Speak Up Storytelling, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!

We talk about about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using my strategy "Homework for Life" and the importance of transformation in storytelling. 

Then we listen to Sam Carley's story about a challenging bus ride through an Indian desert with the possible girl of his dreams, followed by commentary and critique, including:

  1. The ideal arc of a story
  2. Describing human beings in stories
  3. Limiting unnecessary description
  4. Advancing time in a story

Next, we answer listener questions and offer recommendations.  


Homework for Life:

Speak Up storytelling:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 


Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: