A shout out to all the artists who shared their words at Verbatim, a fabulous event put on by the Still Waters Collective on Thursday November 11. Thanks to Dan Niederloh and Lisa Gatewood who represented Ex Fabula at the event! We’re looking forward to the next event- we’ll be sure to post details so you can check it out!

Tellebration! 2010

We hope you’ll check out this event put on by Milwaukee Area Story Tellers (M.A.S.T.) , a local storytelling group based out of Mount Mary College. Emmett Gross will be representing Ex Fabula at that event. Details:

Saturday Nov. 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Mount Mary College , Milwaukee
$ 5.00 at the door
92ND and Burleigh – enter parking lot off of 92nd St. (a.k.a. Swan Blvd ).
Follow the sidewalk to the central archway and turn left into the building. Well-lit parking lot; security; handicap accessible; greeters to direct you. Questions?  Call 414-962-4425

TELLABRATION is a worldwide storytelling event coordinated by the National Storytelling Network and produced locally.  It celebrates the art of storytelling and links storytelling enthusiasts on the same weekend around the globe.  Storytellers well-versed in the art of relating stories by heart will present their best tales for adults. They have been hosting this event since 1990!


And last but not least, get ready for the December Spectacular!

Ex Fabula invites you to Turner Hall on Saturday December 11 at 8 pm for the December Spectacular, a night of true stories told by fellow Milwaukeeans on the theme of “Gifts”. This is a special non-competitive event that will feature new, longer form stories from a slate of proven storytellers. This storyteller lineup will feature some storytellers who have shared particularly compelling stories at previous Ex Fabula events and some special guests.

In keeping with the spirit of our regular season monthly events, which will resume in January, one ten minute storytelling slot will be available to the audience volunteers who put their names in the hat that evening. That lucky randomly selected storyteller will kick off the evening with a story about “Gifts”. The night will feature Ultrashort Stories from the audience and some other surprises.

This event is expected to fill up quickly, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. $10 tickets are available at and at the Pabst Theatre box office. The doors will open at 7 pm and seating is general admission.

Ex Fabula was formed in Milwaukee in 2009 with the purpose of connecting storytellers with live audiences on a regular basis. For more information about Ex Fabula events past, present and future, go to All stories told at Ex Fabula events are true, personal, related to a theme and told without notes. Ex Fabula is proud to be sponsored by 91.7 WMSE and 89.7 WUWM.

Frequently Asked Questions about the December Spectacular:
Q: Can I tell a story at this event?
A: There will be one coveted 10 minute storytelling spot available to audience members. We encourage you to prepare a story and put your name in the hat. One person will be chosen and we hope you will be the lucky one who joins the other predetermined storytellers on stage. If your name is not called, we hope you will join us at our regular season events which resume in January and most storytelling spots are available to randomly selected audience volunteers.


Q: How long should the story be?
A: Stories should be 8 to 10 minutes long. There is a timekeeper to help storytellers pace themselves. Be sure not to run over 10 minutes, as we are keeping time and we do not want to have to cut you off.

Q: How do I prepare?
A: We suggest that you know the first line, the last line and 5 to 7 plot points of your story and that you practice telling your story to friends, family, and anyone who will listen. There are more details in the storytelling guidelines.

Q: Can I bring a gift to talk about?
A: Sorry, this is not a show and tell event. No notes, no props – just a story, the stage, and you.