Schools and Youth

Students of all ages can benefit from Ex Fabula Storytelling workshops.
College and high school students have sufficient emotional intelligence for Ex Fabula’s regular workshop curriculum, which may include crafting and sharing longer stories, depending on the workshop length. For younger students, workshops focus on identifying the parts of a story, practicing good listening skills, and crafting shorter stories.

Workshops vary in length to meet your group’s needs. 
We’ve presented storytelling experiences that lasted a single class period (45 minutes) – but those sessions go very quickly, so when possible, we like to host longer sessions (90 minutes, 2 hours or more) and/or return for multiple visits. We’ve even done multi-week programs that have culminated in a storytelling showcase.

We customize depending on the group size too.
We’ve worked with groups of 5 students, groups of 80, and everything in between! Of course, larger groups require more storytelling coaches, and smaller workshops have a much more intimate feel – but there’s no single ‘ideal’ size; it all depends on your goals.

A sample workshop experience:

young girl talks into a micWhile in residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, we facilitated workshops for students at several local schools.  In these highly-interactive sessions, participants experienced multiple storytelling formats, analyzed stories, discovered the elements of an effective story, and shared stories in small groups. Some sessions ended with a few students sharing in front of the full group – and students responses were overwhelmingly positive. For example, a high school student talked about coming out, and a student with autism shared a time that she felt excluded – and in both cases, their peers were very supportive.

Some of our most popular workshops for youth:

  • “Tell Your Story”
    Participants will learn the elements of an effective story, practice structured feedback techniques, and craft and share personal stories. This hands-on workshop also helps develop cooperation and listening skills!
  • “Intro to Interviewing”
    Participants will learn and practice interviewing techniques. Students can then leverage these skills to collect stories from relatives, peers, or community members. This workshop can also be done as an inter-generational experience.
  • “Tell Me About a Time”: Job Interview Stories 
    UW-Madison students work on their interview stories.
    UW-Madison students work on their interview stories.

    Participants will prepare for job interviews by crafting and sharing personal stories that concisely communicate their knowledge and skills to potential employers.


To help us prepare a proposal for your group, please contact us and include the following details:

  • the name and location of your organization
  • the grade(s) and number of participants
  • the kind of storytelling experience that you are interested in
  • your goals for this storytelling experience (i.e. skills you’d like to focus on; what you hope participants can do after the experience)
  • the timing for the workshop (date, time of day, length of workshop)
  • your budget


“Great stuff! Much appreciated. There were some very powerful connections that students were making with their peers.”

– Steven Decker, Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, UW-Waukesha