On episode #31 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling!
In our followup segment, we talk about two emails received related to Homework for Life, including a sample of Homework for Life from the 1800's!
Next, we talk about finding and collecting stories in your everyday life using "Homework for Life." We talk about the value of waiting to tell a story, the possibility that you are in the midst of a story, and the way that some stories can stretch across decades.
Next we listen to David Ring's story about a trial, a possible death penalty, and a hit ordered on his life.
After listening, we discuss:
A great first sentence
The way that choices about description and leaning description in a certain direction can help tell the story
The power of contrast in description
"Nonfiction" in storytelling
The appropriate absence of humor in storytelling
The elimination of "I remember..." from stories
Next, we answer questions about using Homework for Life to recapture recorded memories and the differences between personal narrative storytelling and the telling of folktales, fables, fiction, or informational text.
Finally, we each offer a recommendation.
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