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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Practicing Courage: a storytelling workshop recap

Talking about courage takes a lot of courage. At the MKE Big Read storytelling workshop on Thursday, April 13 at the UWM Union, an intimate group of ten storytellers came together to craft and share their tales of courage. I was one of them. I didn’t intend to be. I thought I’d just volunteer, write a blog post and that’d be it. No courage needed. I was wrong. Continue reading “Practicing Courage: a storytelling workshop recap”


MKE BIG READ's book is In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Announcing Milwaukee Public Library’s Big Read

National Endowment for the Arts BIG READ logo with drawing of a book. Art works. Arts Midwest.We’re excited to collaborate with Milwaukee Public Library on the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For the MKE Big Read 2017, Milwaukee Public Library will offer exciting events, programs, and discussions related to Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the ButterfliesContinue reading “Announcing Milwaukee Public Library’s Big Read”


UltraShorts and January Events

Happy New Year! We hope it was safe and festive! A new year indicates fresh beginnings & experiences. A time of renewal and appreciation for life’s offerings.Continue reading “UltraShorts and January Events”


“Coming of Age” with Waukesha Reads

cropped-2015-WR-Web-BannerWorkshops, community, storytelling – and a bit of magic! Ex Fabula and Waukesha Reads continue to build upon their community partnership, this year presenting a series of events exploring the themes of this year’s book, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin.

At 3 free workshops, attendees of all ages will work alongside an Ex Fabula Coach who will guide participants through exercises to find, craft and share a true, personal story on the theme “Coming of Age”. No pre-registration required; just show up!

  • Tuesday October 6 | 2:30pm to 5:00 pm
    • Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in the Fine Arts building of UW-Waukesha, 1500 N University Drive
  • Thursday October 22 | 6:00pm to 8:30 pm
    • Oak Room in New Hall at Carroll University, 200 E. College Ave
  • Saturday October 24 | 1:00pm to 3:30 pm
    • Waukesha Community Arts Project, 320 South Street

Workshop participants will also have the chance to showcase their talents at a free, noncompetitive “Coming of Age” themed StorySlam:

  • Thursday November 5 | 7 pm
    • Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W Main Street

Additional information about Waukesha Reads and other events can be found on their website, http://waukeshareads.org.


Kevin Barry

Telling Your Story

You’ve attended the StorySlams and thought, “I can do that.”, but you’re nervous about how your tale will come across; secretly scared of the stage. Perhaps you’ve graced the stage on a previous occasion but felt like you could still grow as a storyteller? Company event and you are the featured speaker? Ex Fabula has a workshop for that! Continue reading “Telling Your Story”