“The grid gave me a more detailed breakdown of telling a story – in a way that I had never heard before.”
- Anonymous


“I liked the discussion and practice of using the "interview" to structure a story. It helped me understand how I could flesh out a story idea, or eliminate parts that won't work well.”
-Kevin B.


  “I was surprised at how much improvement can be made by asking questions about the story.”


  “Storytelling connects us to our fellow human beings in a way technology can never do.
 Speaking directly to one another is priceless and Ex Fabula has helped me do that.”
- Evelyn P.

Ex Fabula Storytelling Workshops

Everyone has a story to tell, and we want to help you share yours! At Ex Fabula Storytelling Workshops, experienced 
storytelling coaches guide you through hands-on, small group exercises on the following topics:

  • Finding your story: Why storytelling is important and powerful and how to select a great story to tell - with special focus on stories that fit the themes of upcoming Ex Fabula StorySlams
  • Crafting your story: How to structure your story for maximum impact
  • Telling your story: Tips to practice before you take the stage


Upcoming workshop dates:


Private workshops

We also offer private coaching and customized workshops for groups of all sizes. More details are available here


Get to know the workshop instructors

Megan McGee is a co-founder of Ex Fabula and a long time storytelling enthusiast. She has sought out story slams from San Francisco to Philadelphia and even bared her soul onstage at a New York MOTH event. She has planned and coordinated events for Ex Fabula’s regular season as well as the Terminal Milwaukee project, and she directed the 2012 residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and emceed at all the StorySlams, including the organization’s first Spanish language event. She took on the full-time position of Executive Director of Ex Fabula in January 2014.

Megan is bilingual and has an MA in Literature in Spanish. Spending a year living in Mexico inspired countless stories. She also has a degree in Theatre, which she uses frequently while writing, performing and directing in the all female sketch comedy group broadminded. Megan's teaching experience includes guiding elementary school students through improvisation and movement workshops, presenting an interactive sketch comedy master class for an all girls high school, leading a senior theatre group, and teaching Spanish at the middle, high school, and college levels.


Karen Kolberg is Ex Fabula's lead storytelling coach as well as a member of the Programming Committee that plans Ex Fabula's monthly storytelling events. She was instrumental in creating and implementing Ex Fabula's workshop curriculum during the residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Karen earned a Professional Training and Development Certificate from the University of Minnesota and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Education. Karen is a co-founder of ComedySportz and has been an artist-in-residence for Milwaukee Public Schools. Formerly the Associate Director of FMT (now called Milwaukee Public Theater) Karen created and performed a one-woman comedy show, plus wrote over forty original productions, including a full-length musical, "BLT: Bag Lady Tendencies." She has performed spiritual poetry (Ladinsky's renditions of Hafiz) throughout Milwaukee. As president of her own company, KJK Enterprises, she has brought her workshops on creativity, communication, leadership and stress management to universities and Fortune 500 companies throughout the country, reaching over 100,000 people. She has been called a "dynamic enter-trainer". To learn more about Karen, including her poetry performances, please visit her website: www.adoreway.com


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