Ellen Blum Barish

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We are thrilled and honored to have Ellen Blum Barish as the next featured speaker at the Max and Benny’s Jewish authors’ event on Monday evening, February 23; starting at 7:00 pm. Ellen is a maven in the craft of writing of the personal essay. She will share with us some of her essays from her book Views from the Home Office Window: On Motherhood, Family and Life (which is available for sale at the event). She has recently launched a marvelous online publication devoted to the personal essay: Thread www.threadliterary.com

Ellen has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University where she now teaches writing. She has facilitated writing workshops at Story Studio Chicago, New Trier Extension, Off Campus Writers Workshop and Ragdale.  Ellen also works privately with people on varying writing projects.

She has presented a number of fascinating workshops on writing the Jewish journey and the ethical will at local synagogues, and she helped launch a blog at Beth Emet: the Free Synagogue titled, Torat Chayeinu: Our Stories, Our Journeys  http://ourstories.blog.bethemet.org/p/meet-bloggers.html


Thread: A Literary Magazine

We want to congratulate our friend and neighbor Ellen Blum Barish on the launch of her online brainchild, “Thread: A Literary Magazine.” It can be found at http://www.threadliterary.com The launch was held at a packed Curt’s Cafe in Evanston last Wednesday evening, where nine writers read their personal essays to the assembled. I was so happy to be there and personally witness the magic that a good story by the reader sparks with an attentive audience. Ellen, a highly talented author, writing coach and teacher, sincerely hopes that both new and seasoned writers participate in this new and exciting online forum. I know at some point I will be. I’m also pleased to announce that Ellen will be the featured author at the Chicago Jewish Authors Literary Series at Max and Benny’s on the evening of February 23 starting at 7:00.