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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.

Elizabeth Heaney

When Elizabeth Heaney began counseling combat veterans on military bases, she quickly realized she would need to completely transform the way she worked. Instead of working with clients who showed up for appointments eager to talk, she spent her days in motor pools and dining facilities, in bowling alleys, jump zones and family support meetings, striving to understand the unique pressures, values and costs of military life. Her award-winning book, The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans describes the encounters that opened up her world; each story points to the honor, courage and unseen wounds that run through the lives of our service members, veterans and their families.

Elizabeth lives near Asheville NC where she continues to work with combat veterans through her private counseling practice. She leads writing groups for veterans at the local VA Hospital and assists at Wounded Warrior Project combat recovery retreats.

Holding graduate degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Ms. Heaney has been teaching in graduate counseling programs for over twenty-five years and has maintained a private counseling practice for more than thirty five years - she currently practices in Asheville NC. She continues to speak and write about her work with service members, works with veterans in writing groups and often helps staff Wounded Warrior Project combat recovery retreats.