Ellen Blum Barish


I’m glad you found me!

I’m an award-winning writer, editor, and educator whose work has appeared in national print and electronic media, as well as in high-profile public relations corporate and non-profit communications projects.

My work is all about movement: My business communication moves people to act; my writing instruction and coaching moves people to write and my feature articles and personal essays move people emotionally and spiritually.

Movement is also rooted in my syndicated newspaper column on family life, on which my book of essays was based, my WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio essays, my stories told at Chicago storytelling venues and my blog, EBB & Flow which is available for free by clicking on any of the links in the sidebar at the far right and entering your email address. It explores the craft, creative process and the writing life. My literary publication, Thread, is devoted to personal essays. To learn more about me, here’s a recent interview in my hometown newspaper.

The way I work with writers evolved from my experience as a young girl working with a tutor who helped me move through a reading comprehension challenge that was holding me back academically. I’ve since learned to identify essential writing issues while being sensitive to individual learning styles and help people complete or publish work, earn admission to a chosen educational institution or find the right words to reach an audience.

I invite you to read my work, ask me about workshops or coaching, or just email me to send me an interesting article link or let me know what you are working on.