For the past six years, Ex Fabula has served as Milwaukee’s premier live storytelling series, bringing a diverse cross-section of the city together and finding a common bond through the power of simple, direct, and powerful communication. Founded in 2009 by a small group of friends inspired by national storytelling events like The Moth, the non-profit Ex Fabula (“from stories” in Latin, by the way) has gone on to stage six seasons of StorySlams and storytelling workshops at countless venues—both conventional and unconventional—throughout the city, all dedicated to, according to the group’s website, “strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling.”

In advance of Ex Fabula’s 7th season, which kicks off Thursday, September 17 at Garfield’s 502, Milwaukee Record’s Matt Wild sat down with Ex Fabula director Megan McGee and Ex Fabula emcee Leah Delaney to discuss the origins of the series, its new Fellowship program, the importance of being a homegrown organization, what differentiates it from other storytelling events that always seem to feature nothing but dorky white guys talking about what dorks they were in high school (ahem), and much, much more.

As always, On The Record is brought to you by our friends at Ale Asylum and 42 Lounge / 42 Ale House. Music in this episode comes courtesy of Pharaoh Mac & DMT (“Go Do”) and Ravi/Lola (“Chinese Cheaters”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher.