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Speak Up Storytelling #92: Monica Malaver

On episode #92 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling!

In our follow up segment, we debut our first bot of content on our Patreon page , announce online workshops and shows, and a weekly free storytelling workshop for families on Facebook Live and YouTube.


April 18: Solo show, MOPCO Improv Theater


April 18: Storytelling workshop (beginner), MOPCO Improv Theater
April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27: Advanced storytelling workshop
July 27-31: Storytelling boot camp, CT Historical Society

In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about combining two moments from your Homework for Life into a single story, as well as being open to the idea that you might still be in the midst of a story.

Next we listen to a story by Monica Malaver.

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  1. The power of self deprecation
  2. Scene setting
  3. Humor through vulnerability
  4. Connecting the beginning and endings of stories
  5. Avoiding process language

Next we answer a question about the beginnings of stories.

Lastly, we each offer a recommendation.



  • Guardians of the Galaxy Volumes 1 and 2



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