I fell in love with publishing and have worked in every nook and cranny of the field my entire life.
I began editing Mobil Travel Guides. Wrote and edited articles for educational health magazines. Reported stories for newspapers and magazines. After becoming a mother, I worked as a freelance writer and editor. Later I added photography and page layout to my skills as editor and publisher of print and online publications.
I love everything about bringing words to the page. And I love helping writers achieve their publishing goals.
I’m driven by three things:
To leave a unique mark in the world. To be seen. Our footprint, in words. It answers the question: Who are you and what do you leave behind?
To have a voice and be heard. Identifying and hearing our own voice is a powerful personal experience. Capturing and sharing it can change parts of your life, as well as someone else’s.
Being open and vulnerable on the page or screen has an uncanny ability to touch and move others. To make meaning from our life. When a person shows his or her true self, it can reverberate. It can touch another heart and even, possibly change or move another mind.
Not only does storytelling allow us to be seen and heard and move others, it allows us to tell the truth about our lives.
Which is my mission.
Ellen Blum Barish is author of the forthcoming memoir, Seven Springs (Shanti Arts, 2021), a contributor to the anthology Chicago Storytellers From Stage to Page (Chicago Story Press, 2020) and author of Views from the Home Office Window (Adams Street Publishing, 2007). Her essays have been published in Brevity’s Blog, Full Grown People, Literary Mama, Tablet and The Chicago Tribune and have aired on Chicago Public Radio. Ellen is the editor of the literary publication Thread, which earned four notables in Best American Essays and teaches writing at Northwestern University where she earned a master’s in journalism. She teaches workshops at Story Studio Chicago and Lighthouse Writers Workshop and works privately with writers on essay collections and memoir.