Ellen Blum Barish

Ellen Blum Barish
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My Work


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, reflected in seven springs, that reunited me with my past, my self and what I now understand as faith. My memoir, Seven Springs (Shanti Arts), is scheduled for release on May 6, 2021. Stay posted for details by subscribing to my blog or following me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn!



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"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). 

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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  • Evanston Literary Festival (Evanston)
  • Chicago Jewish Authors Literary Series (Northbrook)
  • Story Studio Chicago instructor reading (Chicago)
  • Women and Children First (Chicago)
  • Barnes & Noble (Skokie)
  • The Book Cellar (Chicago)
  • The Book Stall (Winnetka)
  • Blue Marble Bookstore (Philadelphia)

Free Guides

Don’t miss my free guides for writing stories from your life. I’ve included e-guides and webinars to inspire you and help you develop your own stories. Click the images below to download each guide.


Thread is an independent online literary publication that I founded and edit featuring personal essays that explore the human experience.

Stitch is Thread’s literary cousin that features a collection of personal essays of 100 words or less.

Former Editorial Positions

  • McCormick Tribune Foundation Cantigny print magazine (Editor)
  • Medill School of Journalism Alumni magazine and online content (Editor)
  • American Bar Association Law Practice Management (Associate Editor)
  • Health Newsletters Direct (now StayWell Corporation) custom health newsletters (Associate Editor)
  • Adams Street PublishingToledo Area Parent News & Ann Arbor Parent Press (Editor)
  • General Learning Corporation Current Health & Your Health Reports (Associate Editor)
  • Rand McNally & Company Mobil Travel Guides (Assistant Editor)
  • Premier Hospitals AllianceTechnology Scan print newsletter (Editor)
  • Medill School of Journalism Magazine Graduate Program Promising Child print magazine (Editor)
  • Smithsonian Magazine (Editorial Consultant)

More of Ellen's Work

Fresh Meat
November 10, 2019

This Much is True
April 9, 2019

Homewood Stories
December 18, 2018

You’re Being Ridiculous
March 6, 2018

Do Not Submit
December 2017, August 2018

Is This a Thing?
December 14, 2015, December 12, 2016

Story Club North
August 6, 2015

Stories from the House of Truth
June 18, 2015

Essay Fiesta
January 18, 2014

Story Sessions
July 26, 2013, October 18, 2015, October 7, 2018

  • Ann Arbor Parent Press
  • American Medical News
  • Better World Report
  • Cantigny Magazine
  • Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Chicago Jewish News
  • Current Health 1
  • Current Health 2
  • Chicago Parent
  • Cleveland Parent
  • Chicago Women in Publishing
  • Earnshaws
  • Harvard Medical Letter
  • Illinois Foodservice News
  • Illinois Meeting & Events
  • Kirkus Discoveries
  • Law Practice Management
  • Los Angeles Times Syndicate
  • Tribune Media Services
  • Mobil Travel Guides
  • Medill Magazine
  • Medical Economics
  • Newsweek
  • North Shore MagazineNorthwestern
  • Self
  • Special Reports
  • Science Challenge
  • The Chicago Tribune Family Section
  • The Chicago Tribune Womanews
  • The Chicago Tribune Special Sections
  • The Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine
  • The Chicago Tribune Good Health Section
  • The Northwestern Daily
  • Toledo Area Parent News
  • Writing!
  • Your Health & Fitness
  • Your Health & Safety
  • Your Health Report
  • Your Health & Safety Report
  • Allstate
  • Advocate Health Care
  • American Medical Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association of Retired Persons
  • American Hospital Association
  • Association of University Technology Managers
  • Bounty Sampling Corporation
  • Council for Jewish Elderly
  • DuPont Corporation
  • Evanston Hospital
  • General Learning Corporation
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Johns Hopkins Project RESTORE
  • McDonalds’ Corporation
  • McCormick Tribune Foundation
  • National Association of Women’s Health Professionals
  • National Textbook Corporation
  • Premier Hospitals Alliance
  • Rand McNally
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Staywell Corporation
  • Whittle Communications

“As a reviewer of books for the Chicago Tribune, and a longtime writer myself, I know powerful writing when I see it and feel it, and Ellen’s writing holds the power to open hearts and minds, and leave us all with deeper understandings of ourselves and our place in this world.”
—  Barbara Mahany, author of three books