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Speak Up Storytelling

Aug 18, 2020

On episode #103 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!

In our follow up segment, we discuss upcoming shows, Speak Up merchandise, and workshops, all online!


  • August 22: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual)
  • September 12: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (8:00 PM) (virtual)
  • September 26: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual)
  • October 24: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual)
  • October 25: Speak Up-Voices of Hope showcase (11:00 AM) (virtual)


In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about finding metaphors in his Homework for Life and how they can become stories. 

Next we listen to a story by Tracey Segarra.

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  1. Stakes 

  2. Story structure

  3. Effective list building

  4. Pacing and pausing
  5. Surprise

Next we answer a questions about performing online and college essays. 

Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 



  • Watchman on HBO



Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page:

Speak Up merch at Cotton Bureau:

Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling

Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love 

Homework for Life:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 

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