Havenwoods neighbors share the promise and heartache of a distinct community

Havenwoods neighbors partnered with Ex Fabula to tell their stories of righting wrongs and growing businesses, of old shopping trips and newfound love, as part of an event that highlighted a community that stands out beyond Milwaukee.

“People in this part of Milwaukee have figured out how to create communities and businesses and workplaces and parks that reach across boundaries of race, ethnicity and class in ways other parts of the city and nation have not figured out,” said Dr. Aims McGuinness, a historian from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, during the event.

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MKE Big Read: COURAGE

The Force was with us on May 4th as Ex Fabula took over the stage at Milwaukee Central Library’s Centennial Hall for the MKE Big Read Bilingual StorySlam. This year Ex Fabula was pleased to partner with Milwaukee Public Library for the 2017 MKE Big Read and our Storytellers showed some amazing “Courage” as they shared stories on this theme.Continue reading “MKE Big Read: COURAGE”


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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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“Our Little Secret”: Meet the Storytellers, Part 2

Here it is, our last secret! (For now.) As many of you know, this Saturday, January 28th, Ex Fabula travels to Alverno’s Pitman Theatre for the New Year Spectacular with the theme “Our Little Secret.” Unlike our monthly Slams, this special event features 10-minute curated stories and is an afternoon (yep, a 3 pm show) not to be missed.

We’ve built the anticipation as high as possible, so let’s meet the last three Spectacular Storytellers!

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Stories We Tell: Milwaukee Film & Ex Fabula

Ready for a dose of short stories on film? Ex Fabula is delighted to once again be a Community Partner forContinue reading “Stories We Tell: Milwaukee Film & Ex Fabula”


Easy Access: An ADA StorySlam recap

Easy Access: An ADA StorySlam recap

Monday night Broadscope Disability Services and Ex Fabula proudly presented Easy Access: An ADA StorySlam, an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Steve & Joel Dresang.
Steve & Joel Dresang.

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Women’s Community Dialogue recap

Two women. Sharing greetings, hugs & tears, they exchange a story or two along with exclamations of joy. Across the room, new connections were being formed and community building began to take shape.Continue reading “Women’s Community Dialogue recap”


Ex Fabula Podcast #2 — Off The Record

In anticipation of Ex Fabula’s “Off the Record” Story Slam this Wednesday at Lucille’s Piano Bar, we present our second podcast. In this podcast you’ll hear Stephanie Kilen’s story that was recorded live at an Ex Fabula event held in April 2012 where the theme was “Better Left Unsaid.”

Listen above, or better yet, download and subscribe to our monthly podcasts over at iTunes. (If you like what you hear, give us a five star rating and leave a comment — those tasks  satisfy fancy Internet algorithms and helps us get our name out there. Much obliged.)

We’ll see you Wednesday.


Ex Fabula Kick-off Fundraiser TOMORROW!

Don’t forget to get your tickets for our first-ever Ex Fabula fundraiser – our Season 5 Kickoff is TOMORROW NIGHT!  Tickets are $25 and include one drink ticket. All proceeds will benefit Ex Fabula’s work to strengthen communities through the art of storytelling.  Funds raised will help us expand our audience, improve access to content on our website, and grow our programming over the coming years.  Cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 6:00 pm.  Storytellers take the stage at 7 pm. Special thanks to Eat Cake! for donating Season 5 cupcakes, and Transfer Pizza and Sazama’s Fine Catering for donating pizza and sliders.  We’d also like to thank our silent auction donors for the their generous contributions to these amazing packages:Continue reading “Ex Fabula Kick-off Fundraiser TOMORROW!”