Suffering from the winter doldrums? Although it’s cold and dreary outside, Ex Fabula is here to remind you that “it gets better”. Break out of hibernation, strap on your snowshoes and trek on over to the Stonefly Brewery—735 E. Center Street in Riverwest, for Ex Fabula’s first storytelling event of 2011 . Join us on Tuesday January 11 at 8 pm for some community and some stories on the theme of “It Gets Better”. Tickets are just $5 at the door.

This month’s theme is inspired by Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ project, which was created “to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.” We believe that the message of “It Gets Better” is in fact one that we all need to hear from time to time. Do you have a story about getting through a tough time in your life that you want to share? Throw your name in the hat for a chance to tell your story… and how you got to a better place. Although this theme is inspired by the It Gets Better project, stories do not have to be related to sexual preference or gender. We will be donating a portion of the proceeds to support the It Gets Better project.

Wanna tell a story? Those who are interested in vying for one of the random storytelling spots should put their names in the hat by 7:45 pm. The volunteer storytellers for the evening will then be randomly drawn to compete side by side with storytellers arranged in advance. Would-be storytellers should choose stories that tie in to the theme “It Gets Better”. They should practice without notes and to the five minute time limit as they will be cut off if they run over five minutes. This time limit will be strictly enforced so everyone has a fair opportunity to tell. Storytellers should pay particular attention to the first and last lines of their stories and ensure that they are vivid and compelling.

For more information on Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project or to make a donation, go to: