Identifying Your Writer’s Voice


Off Campus Writers Workshop

Thursday, April 13, 9:30 – noon

Your writerly voice is the signature mark that you leave behind in your work; a share of your soul, and perhaps what readers remember most. What makes a writer’s voice unique and how do you find yours? How is it shaped by the work you admire? Is it similar to or different than your spoken voice? Ellen Blum Barish, editor of Thread: A Literary Publication, will talk about the elements that define voice and offer exercises to help you identify – and optimize – yours.

Reading and Writing the Personal Essay


New Trier Extension

Five-week session, Wednesdays, 1- 3 pm – May 3-31, 2017

In this workshop, we will read a variety of short personal essays and reflect on eight key elements of writing personal narrative. Weekly prompts will get you writing. Gentle and supportive, in-class workshopping will help you identify what’s working and what needs tweaking. You can move at your own pace and level. Whether you want to write short pieces from a prompt for a regular writing practice, leave a family story for legacy or prepare an essay for publication, this class is designed to get your creative juices flowing and help you get words onto the page.

Private Writing Workshops

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Join me for a small group writing workshop in my home. In addition to provocative essay and memoir pieces for stimulating discussion and facilitated feedback, I offer my comfy couch, coffee, tea, and sweet and savory snacks.

I’m planning two, six-week workshops:

Tuesday afternoons,  June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 1-3:30 pm

Wednesday evenings,  June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26; 6:30-9 pm

For more info, email me at


Want to learn more about how you can benefit from one-to-one writing coaching?  See the Coaching page of this site or email me at


Looking for a lively speaker with engaging content on writing to present at your next event? Let’s talk about ways I can inspire your audience to write from their lives, whether it’s getting started or knowing when the work is done. I have presented interactive workshops with stimulating short readings and prompts for non-writers, beginning writers and published ones. I am also happy to customize a presentation for your group’s unique interests. Email me at so that we can schedule a time to talk about it!


Winter Writing Workshop in the Woods, Glencoe

Saturday, January 14, 2017

“Mamapalooza” at Bookends & Beginnings Bookstore, Evanston, Illinois, May 8, 2016  with authors Michele Weldon and Nina Barrett

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Chicago Jewish Authors Series at Max & Benny’s, February 2015



Thread: The Live Lit Reading Series, April 2016

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Story Sessions at The City Winery, October 2015


Story Sessions, July 2014

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“Stories from the House of Truth,” Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, June 18, 2015



Northwestern University, Winter 2005 – Spring 2015

North Park University, Fall 2008 – Spring 2015

Medill School of Journalism, Spring 2009 & 2010

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Spring & Summer 2012

Elmhurst College, Spring 2005

Dominican University, Fall 2004


The Women’s Exchange, Winter 2017

New Trier Extension, Summer 2010 – present

Lighthouse Writers Studio, Spring 2015

StoryStudio Chicago, Winter 2009 – Summer 2013

Off Campus Writers Workspace, Fall 2007 & 2009

Writers Workspace, Fall 2007

Oakton Community College Continuing Education, Fall 2004