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Speak Up at CHS: Storytelling Boot Camp with Matthew Dicks

Monday, July 30 @ 9:00 am - Friday, August 3 @ 4:00 pm |

***This event has sold out, but we are hosting another Speak Up Beginner’s Workshop on October 6th.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.***

Storytelling Boot Camp: A week of storytelling instruction (and an opportunity to perform!)

Join 34-time Moth StorySLAM champion, four-time GrandSLAM champion storyteller, and internationally best-selling author Matthew Dicks for a week of storytelling instruction culminating in a showcase performance where you can perform your story and show off your skills to a live audience.

This workshop – which will run Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:00-4:00 with a 90- minute lunch/writing break — will offer participants:

• detailed instruction on the crafting of an effective story
• extensive modeling of story development and performance
• story generation exercises that will help you find and develop new stories in your everyday daily life
• daily opportunities to practice storytelling in front of the class – both prepared stories and impromptu exercises
• constant, individualized feedback about your stories
• opportunities to revise and retell stories again and again
• one-on-one and in small group conferences

Participants will come away from the week with at least 2-3 ready-to tell stories and the ability to generate new storytelling ideas, structure new stories for maximum impact, and apply an array of newly learned and well practiced performance techniques for speaking to groups in any setting and for any purpose.

The week will culminate with an evening showcase in which workshop participants will perform for invited guests.

Whether your desire is to take the stage and tell a story or improve your communication skills in the classroom or the workplace or overcome your fear of speaking in public, this workshop might be for you.

$325 for CHS members, $350 for non-members

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Recent praise for Matt’s instruction:

There are inspirational moments in life that bring about meaningful change. Matt’s workshop is one of those moments. Fusing an educational framework with his powerfully personal stories, Matt creates a safe environment for participants to learn the art of storytelling. You will leave with a smile on your face and the ability to tell a story from a five-second moment in your life. – Monica Pierce

If there is such a thing as a story telling bug, I have been bitten by it! This workshop provided the perfect blend of stories, instruction, discussion, and practical experience. Matt is a masterful story teller and teacher. I feel grateful to have had this opportunity and plan to do more. – Allyn Stelljes

Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming novels The Other Mother and Cardboard Knight, as well as the nonfiction Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Art of Storytelling. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide.

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was the 2014 Dolly Gray Award winner and was nominated for a 2017 Nutmeg Award in Connecticut. Matthew was also awarded first prize in 2016 and second prize in 2017 in the Magazine/Humorous Column category by the CT Society of Professional Journalists.

He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and the musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks & Stones, and Summertime. He has written comic books for Double Take comics. He is a columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in Reader’s Digest, The Hartford Courant, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. He was awarded first prize for opinion writing in 2015 by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.

When not hunched over a computer screen, Matthew fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller, a speaking coach, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach, and a Lord of Sealand. He has been teaching for 20 years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Matthew is a 34-time Moth StorySLAM champion and four-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. He has also told stories for This American Life, TED, The Colin McEnroe Show, The Story Collider, The Liar Show, Literary Death Match, The Mouth, and many others. He has performed in such venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Wilbur Theater, The Academy of Music in North Hampton, CT, The Bynam Theater of Pittsburgh, The Bell House in NYC, The Lebanon Opera House, Boston University, and Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT.

He is a regular guest on several Slate podcasts, including The Gist, where he teaches storytelling.

Matthew is also the co-founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England. He teaches storytelling and public speaking to individuals, corporations, and school districts around the world. He has most recently taught at Yale University, The University of Connecticut Law School, Purdue University, The Connecticut Historical Society, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Miss Porter’s School, The Berkshire School, and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Matthew is the creator and co-host of Boy vs. Girl, a podcast about gender and gender stereotypes.

Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie. He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.

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Please note, CHS will be undergoing renovations from Aug 28 – Sept 6. During this time, we will not be wheelchair accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.