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Speak Up at CHS: Beginner Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks
Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
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Speak Up at CHS: Beginner Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks
Speak Up co-founder and 34-time Moth StorySLAM winner and four-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for a wide range of people, including those with little or no previous storytelling experience.

While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with little or no desire to ever take the stage. They want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren, colleagues, or that special someone, or to simply try something new.

Included in this workshop will be:
Methods for identifying the stories from your life that are best to tell and creating a system by which these stories can continue to be found and collected long after the workshop is finished
Effective framing of a story
Development of a strong, well defined arc
Implementation of stakes
Permissible, recommended "lies" of storytelling
The importance and inclusion of cinema in storytelling
The strategic use of humor in storytelling

This is a no-risk, low stakes introduction to storytelling that does not require students to tell stories or even speak if thats what they prefer. If youd like to dip a toe into storytelling and learn some of the most effective, easiest applied strategies to the finding and crafting of stories but youre not yet ready to stand before an audience and speak, this workshop is a safe place for you to learn.

Due to the amount of information presented, there is very limited opportunity for participants to present stories of their own.

$85 CHS members, $95 non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Questions? Contact Natalie Belanger at (860) 236-5621 x289 or by email at natalie_belanger@chs.org.


Connecticut Historical Society (View)
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
United States



Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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