About Ellen Blum Barish


I’ve been a reader and a writer my entire life, loving and struggling with both for just as long.

After earning my master’s in magazine journalism (Northwestern University/Medill), I worked as an editor at an educational publishing company and then in a variety of editorial roles  at newspapers, magazines, non-profits, corporations, universities and foundations.  When journalism began to shape-shift, I moved into teaching and coaching and I haven’t looked back. I have taught writing at several Chicago-area universities, including Northwestern, as well as writing studios and workshops including StoryStudio Chicago, Off Campus Writers Workshop, Writers WorkSpace and Ragdale.  In addition to writing personal narrative – I published a book of essays in 2007 and am currently working on a memoir – I  work with writers through workshops or coaching and my literary publication, Thread.

For specifics, see my LinkedIn page highlights.

Read a recent interview with me in my hometown newspaper.

Ask me about coaching or my workshops in the Chicago area.

Read some of my published work.

Subscribe to my blog.

Contact me with any questions about how we might collaborate.