“Over the past five years I have had the pleasure of attending two workshops on writing where Ellen Szabo was the instructor. Each time she inspired me to work on expressing myself freely. This has helped me find my authentic voice as a writer.
As a clinical social worker I have used writing in groups and in therapy work for decades, but Ellen’s approach has not only given me fresh ideas for getting clients to express their emotions, but to work on framing and resolving conflicts. She also has brought out in me a confidence and direct connection to writing fiction and poetry that makes me feel better about my life and my human services career.
She is skillful at creating a fun and safe writing space while giving honest feedback. The advanced workshop this year at U. of Iowa was focused on the skills each participant wanted to refine. In two intense days she created with us a wonderful shared writing experience.” Jonathan Palley, LCSW California
“Ellen bends the definition of ‘cool’ with humility and grace. Her way of teaching stirs in me the desire to transport back in time and reinvest my $200,000.00 in student loans. Although her knowledge of literature and psychology impacts her workshops, it is her presence that creates a safe place for learning. She adapts to the movement of the room and isn’t afraid to let people think. Most importantly, Ellen was the first person in 32 years who gave me permission to remove my emotional mask and just write. Not only did she welcome my creativity, but she invited me to go deeper into the stratosphere of my subconscious. Furthermore, she did all of it without effort and without something to gain in return.” Kate Aldridge, MSW, Author and Entrepreneur