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 at the Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, 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. Later, I moved into teaching and coaching and I haven’t looked back. I teach journalism and academic writing at several Chicago-area universities –  Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago and North Park University –  as well as in adult education venues which have included StoryStudio Chicago, Off Campus Writers Workshop, Writers WorkSpace and Ragdale. I published a book of essays in 2007 and am currently finishing a memoir which you can read more about here. I love working with writers in workshops, one-to-one coaching and through my literary publications Thread and Stitch.

For more, see my LinkedIn page highlights.

Hear my interview with Aaron Masliansky for his podcast “Inside the Skev.” Read about my Artistic Award of Excellence from the Skokie’s Fine Arts Commission  here.

You can also read an interview with me here.

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

Read some of my published work.

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Contact me with any questions about how we might collaborate.