Ex Fabula

True & Personal Stories

Ex Fabula is a Milwaukee nonprofit organization that strengthens community bonds through the art of storytelling. Ex Fabula produces StorySlams, workshops, community collaborations, a podcast, and radio pieces, all in order to provide platforms for people to come together and share true, personal stories.

Website: ExFabula.com

Twitter: @ExFabula

Ex Fabula: Gifts

Dec 5, 2015
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In December 2010 Ex Fabula hosted its first December Spectacular. The Spectacular is our holiday gift to you. It’s a non-competitive program of true and personal stories featuring Ex Fabula Fellows as well as other storytellers selected by a jury of Ex Fabula volunteers. This year’s December Spectacular, “Never Again,” comes to Turner Hall Ballroom on December 17th. Tickets are on sale now and sell out fast.  


This year, Ex Fabula is excited to be joining The Great Thanksgiving Listen.

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Last weekend, Ex Fabula had a fantastic time at our first Secret Fabula of the season at Shaker’s Cigar Bar. The members—only event included small group tours of the building, the chance to mix and mingle during team trivia, and of course stories – about the afterlife, ghosts, and childhood romps in graveyards.

So in honor of our Secret Fabula event, our radio show brings you stories of the supernatural. Do you believe?

Ex Fabula: Secret Fabula

Oct 31, 2015
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During season five, Ex Fabula launched the Secret Fabula, members-only storytelling events held at interesting and/or historic Milwaukee locations with patrons and staff serving as featured storytellers.

Ex Fabula: Member Stories

Oct 24, 2015
Art Montes

Over the years Ex Fabula has truly evolved and we are very proud of the growth of our community programs and services, one of these being our membership program. Our membership program not only gives our members fantastic discounts and members-only events, but it provides Ex Fabula with the funding necessary to continue our mission to build our community through the art of true, personal storytelling.

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Thanks to everyone who attended Ex Fabula's October StorySlam at the Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Lounge. The theater was packed and we celebrated our second sold out show of the season; and this is just the beginning. Are you still nervous about taking to the stage? Join us on October 31st for our second Storytelling Workshop at Turner Hall.

Ex Fabula: Underestimated

Oct 10, 2015

Have you ever been told: "You can’t do that”? Or worse, told yourself, “I could never do that.” Self-doubt and negativity are the Kryptonite to success. When we underestimate ourselves or others, two things can happen: the stinking thinking wins and we give up or being underestimated becomes a challenge and we work twice as hard to prove to ourselves and/or others that we can do it.

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Films—local, national, international. Professional panels, audience discussions, premiere parties and pure talent. The 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival, or MFF, has brought the best of film to our beloved city.

You know about Ex Fabula Storytelling Slams, but did you know that Ex Fabula also offers storytelling workshops for the general public, community nonprofits and local businesses?

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SOLD OUT! It was standing room only last week at Garfield’s 502 as we listened to the community "Come Clean" for the first ExFabula StorySlam of Season 7. We’d like to give special thanks to Season 7 sponsor, Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe and to this month’s StorySlam sponsor, Milwaukee Film Festival.

Ex Fabula: Coming Clean

Sep 12, 2015
Kat Schleischer

It’s a new season for Ex Fabula and we have a plethora of new opportunities for community collaboration as we continue to explore the challenges and triumphs of our fellow Milwaukeeans. While many of you attend Ex Fabula StorySlams to be entertained, we believe that storytelling can break down barriers built by race, class, gender and sexuality. It’s our mission “to strengthen community bonds through the art of storytelling.” We celebrate the power of true and personal stories to connect individuals through universal experiences.

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It’s almost here! Ex Fabula Season 7 is just weeks away. We hope you’ve all enjoyed adventuresome, story-worthy summers because we want to see many new storytellers throughout this lucky seventh season! Our first Slam of the season will take us back to Garfield’s 502 on September 17th for a variety of stories on the theme “Come Clean.” This is your chance to air some dirty laundry or maybe cleanse your conscious. Not quite ready for the audience? Fret not.

Ex Fabula: Farm-Forward

Aug 9, 2015
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Corn dogs, deep-fried cheese and cream puffs, Oh My! Yep, it’s that time of the year. Time to throw on those elastic waistbands and head on over to the State Fair Park. While we’re surrounded by endless varieties of food on a stick, State Fair is also a time for farmers and 4H-ers alike to bring in their prize animals and showcase why farming remains a staple of this long-standing Wisconsin celebration.

Ex Fabula: Game On!

Aug 1, 2015
Art Montes

Hello August! Can you believe it? Only one month until our first Ex Fabula Story Slam of Season Seven. That’s right, this year we’ve added a seventh StorySlam in September. Lucky Number 7 indeed!

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On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed into law. The law was created to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination the basis of disability. On July 27, 2015, Ex Fabula in collaboration with Broadscope Disability Services presents Easy Access StorySlam: A celebration and exploration of the Americans with Disabilities Act through personal stories.