Bert LaBonté, Alice Pung and Joel Carnegie lead new digital summit for Australian storymakers

Bert LaBonté, Alice Pung and Joel Carnegie lead new digital summit for Australian storymakers

Joel Carnegie.

The event begs the questions, ‘What makes a great story?’

Storytelling is an art form. Made with a purpose, a good story wraps itself around you and whisks you into its world. It evokes emotions and incites action. It lingers in your mind long after it’s over. Its main characters are people you miss when the story is over.

But what makes a truly great story?

A new Australian digital summit for storymakers seeks to unpack this question, featuring an all-star line-up of presenters to weigh in on the conversation.

Keep up with the latest in local news via our website.

Presented from Deakin University’s 360-degree immersive theatre, Nyaal, on Thursday, June 24, the ‘The Storymakers Institute’ will give virtual attendees the opportunity to become better “storymakers”, with the digital summit unlocking a diverse range of perspectives, experiences, and knowledge.

The day-long summit will feature the likes of academic, researcher and senior lecturer of Indigenous knowledge Tyson Yunkaporta; award-winning author Sue Lawson; acclaimed stage and screen actor Bert LaBonté; bestselling writer, journalist and editor Alice Pung; multiple award-winning ABC Australian Story journalist Belinda Hawkins (Walkley Awards, Gold Quill, New York Festival and five United Nations Media Peace Awards) as well as multi-award winning ABC broadcaster, documentary maker and performer, Joel Carnegie.

Each presenter will explore ideas about ‘how’ great stories are made, including ethical dilemmas and challenges encountered, and the responsibilities of storymakers now and tomorrow – with each session also full of hilarious anecdotes and insightful personal tales, alongside opportunities for virtual attendees to ask questions of each presenter.

The summit will also include a 30-minute live performance by Melbourne-via-Torquay musician Maximillian Rudd, and a rejuvenating virtual ‘Wayapa Wuurrk’ mindfulness session from Wemba Wemba and Dhudhuroa woman Thaedra Frangos.

Designed for creatives, artists, creators, performers, writers, journalists, marketing/comms storytellers and anyone who loves a great story, attendees just need to be able to access Zoom to attend.

“The Storymakers Institute will spark your imagination, challenge your ideas and encourage you to consider new possibilities,” says Curator/Host – The Storymakers Institute, Joel Carnegie.

“Telling stories is fundamental to being human. If you use stories as a creative, artist, writer, journalist, or communicator – or if you love stories and want to uncover ‘what makes a great story’ – then you won’t want to miss this virtual summit.”

It all goes down on Thursday, June 24 from 10am. For program schedule and to book tickets, visit