Ellen Blum Barish

Ellen Blum Barish
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Ellen Blum Barish

Writer. Coach.

About Me

I have spent my whole life in publishing. I love everything about bringing words to the page, especially when it’s about making art from stories of our lives. I can help you turn yours into the best version of itself so that you can make your mark in the sand.
To schedule a free, 30-minute consult, please visit the Coaching page.

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My Books

Seven Springs: A Memoir

One afternoon in the spring of 1972, a Mack truck sped through a residential intersection and collided with a station wagon carrying a young girl and her friend on a ride home from school. The accident shattered the girls’ realities. A blanket of silence fell over them until they reconnected at their twentieth high school reunion. That conversation set me on a twenty-year journey, reflected in seven springs, that reunited me with my past, my self and what I now understand as faith.

“A wise, candid, and emotionally powerful memoir.”  Kirkus

“In an era of growing appreciation for the long-term ramifications of trauma, Ellen Blum Barish’s memoir offers a tender exploration of the shock and loss around a childhood car accident.  Barish traces the ripples of this seemingly simple trauma into relationships, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and her Jewish faith, making of them a heartfelt, engaging story.  I recommend it.”  —Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art & Practice of Spiritual Memoir

My memoir, Seven Springs (Shanti Arts), is available here.

"Tandem Thoughts"

A tandem bicycle ride in the Netherlands becomes a metaphor for long-term relationships. “Tandem Thoughts” is one of 25 essays anthologized in Chicago Storytellers: From Stage to Page (Chicago Story Press) for release in late 2020. Find it here.

Views from the Home Office Window: On Motherhood, Family and Life

Essays on raising daughters and balancing womanhood with motherhood.

Available on Amazon

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Free Resources

“Writing Your Marker Story” provides prompts and links to readings to get you thinking about writing stories from your life.

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“Ellen’s Eight Essential Elements of Essay” offers short and concise lessons on craft.

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“Leaving a Legacy By Letter” is a 50-minute webinar crammed with videos, examples and exercises on writing for legacy.

“Inspiring Sparks for Spiritual Self Care” is a webinar that I created for congregants in my synagogue that includes spiritually stimulating music, essay and psalms designed to spark writing.

Hosted and recorded by Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Evanston, Illinois.