The Gist

Near-Death Winter Tales With Matthew Dicks 

The 20-time Moth StorySlam champion explains how to craft small moments inside of larger stories to captivate listeners.

Storyteller Matt Dicks onstage, finger ready.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Matt Dicks.

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On The Gist, professional storyteller Matthew Dicks tells a story to demonstrate how to tell better stories. We’ll learn why it’s important to give your story a setting in the physical world. He’s the author of The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. You can listen back to all the past appearances in our storytelling series here on Soundcloud. For the Spiel, happy manipulating with air bag manufacturer Takata.

The Gist and Story Collider Event, Jan. 15: Coming up on Friday, Jan. 15, our host Mike Pesca and listener Frank Kennedy will be live onstage as part of the Story Collider STEM FEST. Visit the Story Collider website for tickets and more information about the lineup. Slate Plus members are invited to a free happy hour before the show. RSVP here.

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