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Returning to the Milwaukee Film Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, well for us, anyway. Ex Fabula’s Season 9 starts on October 17, and the Milwaukee Film Festival starts on Thursday. September 28. We’re proud to be returning as Community Partners, to this wonderful Milwaukee tradition that brings people and communities together. Continue reading “Returning to the Milwaukee Film Festival”


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Best-kept Secret? Ex Fabula Memberships

Defined by wordsmith guru’s Merriam-Webster, a best-kept secret is a very good thing that not many people know about. At Ex Fabula, we feel that way about our wonderful membership program. Did you know that in addition to our monthly slams, we have special benefits that only members have access to? But don’t just take our word for it!

Here’s what Branch Manager of the Urban Ecology Center – Menomonee Valley, Glenna Holstein had to say:

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Art, Stories, Power, Dissent

Ex Fabula recently joined the Chipstone Foundation at the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special storytelling workshop. First, Chipstone staff took attendees on a powerful and moving gallery tour of the nineteenth-century ceramics of David Drake and other artists of the African diaspora; then, participants brainstormed, structured, and shared complex personal, true stories of power, identity, ownership, resistance, and dissent.Continue reading “Art, Stories, Power, Dissent”


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What’s it really like to serve on the board of Ex Fabula?

Are you looking to advance your skills in a leadership capacity with a growing Milwaukee non-profit? You’ve come to the right place. We’re currently seeking applicants to serve in positions on our board of directors for Ex Fabula. We recently sat down with current board members for their insight into board service with us, and to possibly nudge you to submit your application before May 31.

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Only In Milwaukee StorySlam Recap

Milwaukee is a uniquely diverse city. We’re known for our beer and brats, but locals know there’s much more. We’ve got the Bronze Fonz, The Calatrava and some might say, we even had a lion. On Wednesday, we gathered at 3041 North. Nine storytellers shared their “Only In Milwaukee” experiences.

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Screen with text: speak more science: musings from the stratosphere. -Jean Creighton

Secret Fabula Recap: Out of This World

Our first Secret Fabula of 2017 took us on a wild, out-of-this-world adventure. A sold-out crowd of about 70 Ex Fabula members and friends gathered in the intimate UWM Planetarium for team trivia and stories under the stars.

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Secret’s Out: New Year Spectacular Recap

Whether or not if it’s a secret between friends, spouses or one we keep to ourselves, the secrets we keep and share can ultimately reveal something about us and our humanity. Nearly 200 guests found out how little secrets can have a big impact in our lives at Alverno’s Pitman Theater for our New Year Spectacular with the theme “Our Little Secret.” This special, curated event featured various storytelling formats, and each teller had 10-minutes to share.

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Fellowship Provides Unique Opportunity to Listen

The Ex Fabula Fellows are a unique group, coming from various demographic backgrounds and career fields throughout the Milwaukee area. After going through 6 weeks of storytelling workshops together this fall, the Fellows are now hosting interactive conversations around the city.  Scientific research shows that storytelling has the unique ability to meaningfully connect people and create conditions for empathy, and the Fellows are leveraging the power of story to address some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area – segregation, economic, and racial inequality.

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Meet Lee Ann

With a new season well underway, it’s a great time to become an Ex Fabula member.  I recently talked with member Lee Ann Kingston to learn more about her and her Ex Fabula experiences. She’s a retired public school teacher, a mother of three, and a grandmother to five grandsons and a granddaughter.Continue reading “Meet Lee Ann”


Risking It Recap

What comes along with end-of-summer barbecues and the back to school season? Well, the Ex Fabula season, of course! Our Season 8 opener, ‘Risking It’, took place Thursday evening in Bronzeville.  Stories have a way of coming full circle, and so do season openers; we opened our Season 7 StorySlam at Garfield’s 502, too.

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