A former interactive multimedia producer and exhibit curator turned writer and creative consultant, Ellen Bari has built a diverse writing practice, including content strategy and development, product marketing materials, children’s books, animation and media, exhibit signage, curriculum development, and many other content-rich materials. Bari’s career has included seminal projects for luminary companies at every end of the spectrum, from Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop to the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum and American Express.
A versatile writer with a refreshing blend of creativity, innovation and clarity of vision, Bari is skilled at creatively synthesizing a body of content and communicating its essence through a wide variety of media. Bari consistently develops innovative programs and products, elegantly customized to engage audiences, both young and old, for media, new and old.
Bari’s many years of professional writing/producing experience span the corporate, museum, entertainment, publishing and education fields. As a result, she has developed a sixth sense for sizing up an organization’s culture and communications needs. Broad experience on both sides of the production and editorial processes has taught Bari what it takes to deliver stellar content within the tightest deadlines, skimpiest budgets and attacks by two-headed monsters (only happened once).
Bari’s master’s degree from Columbia University, Teacher’s College in Communications, Computing and Technology in Education has rooted her in the principles of effective instructional design and learning theories, which inform her communication writing as well as her marketing and educational materials.
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Writing for Children and Education
Bari's most recent award-winning book, The Tattered Prayer Book (Gihon River Press, May 2013) is a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for children ages 6-11. This beautifully illustrated book tackles a difficult subject in an age appropriate way and can serve as a jumping off point for important discussions about topics like bullying and stereotyping.
Bari’s playful and humorous side shines through when writing for children. Her picture book, Jumping Jenny (Lerner Publishing, March 2011) is about a little girl who uses her passion for jumping for a good cause. Bari has published numerous early readers, non-fiction and other creative curriculum materials, online and in print, for a host of educational publishing giants including Hougton Mifflin, Zaner Bloser, Scott Foresman PBS, Behrman House Publishers, Benchmark Education and others. Bari has also written scripts for pre-school animation series and is a regular contributor to the Random House Parents blog.
Curating exhibits was a natural outgrowth of Bari’s work creating interactive multimedia for displays and public spaces. Projects include exhibits on the future of telecommunications for the Tech Museum of Science and Innovation and a permanent corporate exhibit in the World Financial Center for American Express. Bari serves as a senior exhibit development consultant and writer for the Children's Museum of Manhattan on topics ranging from health to literacy, music and culture.
Corporate & Non-Profit Communications
Bari has written for Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up organizations, combining marketing and communications savvy with good common sense...while at all times respecting a company’s need for confidentiality. In addition to serving as senior writer and director of communications for a large national non-profit organization, Bari developed curricula and marketing materials for other non-profit clients. She has also written web copy for products, on-line programs and content rich websites.
Bari is a true pioneer of new technologies for children and adults for use in public spaces, at home and in school, for subjects ranging from science to magic to history. Groundbreaking projects include a first and second grade science curriculum for Sesame Workshop, an interactive multimedia encyclopedia of the Holocaust for the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum and new approaches to edutainment for Harper Collins.
Bari’s journalistic writing includes cover and feature articles on subjects ranging from parenting, travel, history, and women’s issues for print magazines as well as online for Brokelyn, HipSlopeMama, the Huffington post and Momasphere.
In September 2009, Bari embarked on a new venture, developing innovative programs, content and events for moms, of all ages, at all stages, in and out of the workplace.