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

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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
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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.

Ex Fabula: Wild Things

Jul 11, 2015

Have you ever run away – from home, from work or from someone? Have you ever felt the need to go wild? Catch Ex Fabula and Milwaukee Public Library at #TheSpot4MKE on 5th and Wisconsin and share your story!

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Fourth of July is upon us, already. This weekend, friends and families alike pack the cars full of tents, s’mores, bug spray and firecrackers and head to the great outdoors for a weekend of holiday camping.

So this weekend, we’re taking a trip back with two entertaining tales of adventures in camping. Ex Fabula wishes everyone a safe and Happy Independence Day.

Ex Fabula: Summertime Fun

Jun 27, 2015
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It’s officially summer in Wisconsin! This means sunbathing at Bradford Beach, music under the stars, barbecues, fireworks, and of course, Summerfest! Yes, Ex Fabula regular Story Slams are on hiatus, but we’ve still got a few community collaborations coming your way and we’re here on WUWM each weekend at 3:40 p.m.

Ex Fabula: Father's Day

Jun 20, 2015
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Fathers. They call us silly nicknames, they teach us how to ride a bike, how to check our oil (even better, how to change our oil). They listen to our first heartache and advise us on our next heartthrob. They take us fishing, lose their temper, use colorful language and throw dance parties in the kitchen. This week, we’re celebrating fathers and Father’s Day with the humorous tales of two Dads.

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It was an amazing sixth season for Ex Fabula - with more community collaborations, more community support and more sold out Story Slams than ever before. With the end of the season comes the end of several terms for Ex Fabula Board Members, including Board of Directors Secretary, Andrea Hoeschen, Esq.

Ex Fabula: We Got This

May 30, 2015
Andre Ellis

Ex Fabula shares Andre Ellis’ story, his vision of healing and of community.

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Well Milwaukee, you did it again. You turned out in droves to help celebrate Ex Fabula's sixth season and to listen to new, personal stories from the storytellers you voted “All Stars.”

There was a lot of laughter and even a few tears as each storyteller got down to the “Nitty Gritty.” The stories were as diverse as the storytellers themselves and all we can do is sit back and say thank you.

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It’s hard to believe that the end of Season 6 is already here. We’ve had an amazing season of Ex Fabula, many sold out Story Slams, a host of awesome Secret Fabula events and the opportunity to collaborate with some fantastic local businesses and organizations in our quest to build a stronger community through storytelling.

Ex Fabula: Earth Day 2015

Apr 25, 2015
Kat Schleischer

April 22nd marked Earth Day's 45th Anniversary and Ex Fabula is still celebrating.

In a perfectly told story of becoming one with nature, Jim Winship recollects an absolute perfect day at the beach. He takes us on a trip of the senses, to “a day without tragedy or triumph, rescues or heroism,” an ordinary day and a golden day. This was a day of wind, sand, surf, sunshine and the naturally occurring and endless ebb and flow of the ocean and the simple and absolute natural rhythm of life.

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It seems like just yesterday that we were writing our New Year’s post and here we are getting ready for our last Ex Fabula Story Slam of the season. You’ve got one more chance to keep that resolution to “try something new” and put your name in the storytelling hat (we always make time for newbies). Next week, April 16th at Hot Water Wherehouse, we’ll “Do the Math” for our last slam of the season.

Ex Fabula: Sisters

Apr 4, 2015
Kat Schleischer

On March 29th, Ex Fabula was honored to partner with FROM HERE TO HER—An Artist Collective for a Public Art and Community Dialogue. FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective is an alliance of female art activists with chapters in Milwaukee and New York.