Ellen Szabo, M.Ed.

 
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Early in my career I merged my background in creative writing and counseling to create a unique, inspirational mentoring and teaching style. I earned my B.A. from Harvard College, with a concentration in English and American Literature, and my M.Ed. from Columbia University Teacher’s College, in Counseling Psychology.  For over thirty years I have been writing and teaching with focus on how innovation and creativity can illuminate and inspire compassionate transformation. I have had the pleasure of teaching practitioners how to use creative writing as a therapeutic modality at the University of Iowa School of Social Work for almost twenty five years.

My approach is based on the power of stories to shape perspective and was developed from the narrative theory of Michael White and David Epston. My practice is supported and guided by research which demonstrates that creative writing can improve wellbeing. I combine intuitive, incisive feedback with clarity, direction, and practical tools to assist writers – and people with no formal writing experience – to find and fine tune their writing voice and to explore personal transformation.

I am a published author of two books of writing prompts designed to spark creativity, and of flash fiction, poetry, and personal narratives. My poem I Am Here was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.