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