June 20, 2019

WDET StoryMakers at 2019 Detroit Podcast Festival

WDET’s Detroit StoryMakers initiative is presenting a series of workshops, performances, and a pitch competition from June 27-30 to the 2019 Detroit Podcast Festival. WDET’s events at the festival are designed to make audio storytelling and podcasting more inclusive and accessible for metro Detroit media makers. Special guests include Glynn Washington (NPR’s Snap Judgement), Satori Shakoor (The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers), Michael May (NPR's Story Lab), and WDET’s Ann Delisi (Ann Delisi’s Essential Conversations).

The festival kickoff and opening reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at The Marble Bar featuring storytelling performances by Washington, creator and executive producer of NPR’s Snap Judgement, and Shakoor, creator and executive producer of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers.

A series of interactive workshops will give Detroit audio producers of all experience levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business — and meet fellow creators in the process. May, senior producer of NPR’s Story Lab, will walk participants through the process of launching their podcast, including a framework for pitching podcasts to a network. The immersive workshop, “How to Launch and Pitch Your Podcast” takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Detroit Public Library. Other workshops taking place include Storytelling 101 with Satori Shakoor, The Art of Interviewing with Ann Delisi and Ask an Engineer with Sam Beaubien. All experience levels welcome.

Award-winning podcast producer and media personality Washington will also sit down with Delisi for a special presentation of Ann Delisi’s Essential Conversations on Friday, June 28. The conversation will take place at 1001 Woodward Ave, the site of the Framed By WDET gallery exhibition, that is open June 20 through July 21.

On Saturday, June 29, WDET will host finalists for the Detroit StoryMakers Podcast Pitch Competition. The winner will receive support, mentorship and a stipend from WDET towards the successful completion of a pilot episode for a new podcast. Pitches are now being accepted. The deadline to submit is Thursday, June 20.

Full list of WDET events at the 2019 Detroit Podcast Festival can be found at wdet.org/podcast.

View full schedule for 2019 Detroit Podcast Festival at detroitpodcastfest.com.

WDET events and workshops at the 2019 Detroit Podcast Festival are made possible through WDET’s Detroit StoryMakers initiative. Learn more and sign up to receive information about upcoming trainings, networking events and opportunities to contribute to WDET.

Support for Detroit StoryMakers comes from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching Detroit through the arts.

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Toby Tabaczynski
Phone: 313-577-4255
Email: tobyt@wdet.org