Hartford, Conn, May 28, 2015 – Want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development? To improve your communication skills? To develop your writing ability? To get the attention of your grandchildren and colleagues? To meet new people? To try something new?
Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization, will bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, for a June 5 evening performance and all-day workshop on June 6.
On May 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. professional and amateur storytellers will share 6-8 minute long true stories from their lives under the theme “8 Objects/8 Stories”. Designed to accompany the Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit which opened at the CHS on May 19, the show will be hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, with Speak Up co-founder Matthew Dicks as one of the evening’s storytellers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for CHS members and $15 for non-members. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at brownpapertickets.com/event/1269004.
On May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CHS, Matthew Dicks, a 17-time MothStorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion who is currently featured on this week’s national podcast of The Moth will teach a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. The workshop is designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. 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 no desire to ever take the stage.
The workshop will include methods for generating ideas for stories from life experiences. It will include games to generate new story ideas, speak extemporaneously, structure an effective story, develop humor and suspense, learn performance techniques and more.
In addition to the storytelling instruction, games and modeling activities, participants will be invited (but not required) to develop a story of their own that will be presented to the class for critique. Registration for the Speak Up storytelling workshop is $85 for CHS members and $95 for non-members. There will be a one-hour lunch break, but lunch is not provided. Register online at brownpapertickets.com/event/1269017.
About Speak Up
To promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and build a community of storytellers in Connecticut, Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers Matthew and Elysha Dicks work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers at all levels.
Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time.
About the Connecticut Historical Society
A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, the CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center that are open to the public and funded by private contributions. The CHS’s collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations.
The CHS collection, programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities, and make informed decisions based on our past and present.