Affiliated Writing Instructors

This is a list of New Directions – affiliated writing instructors who are available to do editing work on a fee-for-service basis, for projects whose scope exceeds what can be discussed in New Directions groups.  Negotiations for editing services, including fee arrangements are to be undertaken on an individual basis.

Deirdre Callanan

Contact: email    508-432-1252
Deirdre Callanan has served as a free-lance editor for several novelists and poets. She has taught writing workshops and facilitated writing groups for the past 35 years. She would enjoy assisting with all genres of any length with the exception of purely clinical work as she doesn’t feel she has the background to be of help.

Janice Delaney

Contact: email     202-546-9190
Janice Delaney, a writing group leader with New Directions since 2006, will help you find your voice, identify your audience, and tell your story.  Her services include editing fiction and non-fiction, including professional writing, and advising on publication options.  She is the co-author and editor of The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation, in print since 1976, and other publications.  She has taught literature and writing at Temple, George Washington, George Mason and Georgetown Universities.  From 1985 – 2005 she was the Executive Director of the PEN/ Faulkner Foundation, administering the Award for Fiction, the reading series at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Writers in Schools program.  As a free-lance writer and editor she has consulted for private and corporate clients, and has since 2009 been a writer/editor for the Office on Violence Against Women and the Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Nan Heneson

Contact: email   410-580 0480
Nan Heneson has been a freelance writer and editor for 26 years. Earlier in her career, as a science journalist, she published in a wide variety of professional and popular publications and thus is comfortable editing both clinical and theoretical psychoanalytic writing as well as all genres of creative writing. Her most gratifying work has been as a development editor, shepherding authors through the formation and growth of an idea, its realization (and many revisions!) on paper, and the more technical stages of copy editing and preparation for publication. She also loves to teach and has taught creative nonfiction workshops with special emphasis on the craft of writing. Heneson plans to hold a similar workshop at New Directions in the near future.

Elizabeth Rees

Contact: email   301-920-1518
In addition to teaching in New Directions since 2002 and in the past three Winter Retreats, Liz has 25 years of writing and editing experience, including for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian, and PBS/Scholastic television productions.  She currently teaches creative writing, memoir writing and poetry at a number of venues in the Maryland/DC area, including: the Writer’s Center in Bethesda; the Maryland State Arts Council’s poet-in-the-schools program; and privately.  Liz also works as a writing coach, assisting with every stage of the writing process. She taught Creative Writing, Expository Writing and Literature on the graduate and undergraduate levels for over fifteen years at such schools as Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. While her expertise is in creative writing, (fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, screenwriting and poetry), she is happy to edit professional writing.   References and fees available upon request.

Sara Taber

Contact: email    301-588-4412
Sara Taber teaches and edits all forms of literary nonfiction: reportage, personal essay,  memoir, travel, and opinion.  As past clinician and academic, she also edits scholarly work.  She has taught at Johns Hopkins, the Writers Center, and at the Split Rock Summer Arts Program over the last 15 years, and has recently taught for the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program.  She also teaches writing workshops around the world, and holds an on-going workshop at her home.  Many of her students and clients have published in newspapers and magazines, and sold their books.  Sara provides a range of services, including editing, book-shaping, book proposal design, and consultation in finding the key emotional story.  She also provides structure, assignments, and coaching to help writers get their writing done.

Michaele Weissman

Contact: email  301-718-1947
Journalist and author Michaele Weissman bases her teaching and editing in the lessons she has learned in her life as a working writer. An extrovert in a lonely profession, she enjoys working with writing students and is adept at helping them how to organize their thinking,
structure their work, target their writing to particular audiences, master issues of style and voice and prepare manuscripts for publication.
Weissman has published three books and countless articles in newspapers, magazines and online. A generalist with a wide range of interests, she is a alumni of the New Directions program and has a working knowledge of psychoanalytic theory.