Author, Speaker, Facilitator, Scholar

Upcoming Workshops & Events


Tidewater Community College Literary Festival - Keynote

Thursday, April 4, 2019

12:30 - 1:30pm

Portsmouth Campus

Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Tidewater Community College

120 Campus Drive

Portsmouth, VA

Zelda Lockhart will offer an interactive keynote address to kick off the Tidewater Community College Literary Festival followed by a signing of The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript. This event is open to the public.

Zelda Lockhart Readings from Every True Pleasure Anthology of LGBTQ Writers Ed. by Wilton Barnhardt

Thursday, April 11, 2019

7 p.m. 

Regulator Bookshop

720 Ninth St.

Durham, NC 27705

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Greensboro Public Library

Central Library
219 N. Church St.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401

Zelda Lockhart and other contributors to the anthology will read from their work. Within the volume—featuring writers who identify as gay, trans, bisexual, and straight—are stories and essays that view the full spectrum of contemporary life though an LGBTQ lens. These writers, all native or connected to North Carolina, show the multifaceted challenges and joys of LGBTQ life, including young love and gay panic, the minefield of religion, military service, having children with a surrogate, family rejection, finding one’s true gender, finding sex, and finding love. One of the only anthologies of its kind, Every True Pleasure speaks with insight and compassion about living LGBTQ in North Carolina and beyond.

Contributors include Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Brian Blanchfield, Belle Boggs, Emily Chávez, Garrard Conley, John Pierre Craig, Diane Daniel, Allan Gurganus, Minrose Gwin, Aaron Gwyn, Wayne Johns, Randall Kenan, Kelly Link, Zelda Lockhart, Toni Newman, Michael Parker, Penelope Robbins, David Sedaris, Eric Tran, and Alyssa Wong.

Phi Beta Kappa Association of Wake County Spring Meeting

Tue, April 30, 2019

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

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North Carolina State University Club

4200 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC 27606

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Dr. Lockhart was the final judge for this year's PBK Essay Contest and will share some interactive time with the audience on the power of writing.

This is a Ticketed Event

The Mindgarden Hosts The Mother Daughter Relationship Museum

May 11, 2019

The MindGarden - Deborah Armstrong, PhD Director 

3 Wonderwood Drive, Greenville, SC 29615 

This fun yet insightful writing and art expression workshop is designed to help mothers and daughters consider the relationship they have had and reach for the relationship they want. Each participant will use Dr. Lockhart's storytelling technique, personal plot, to write two short scenes: one from a pivotal moment in the past in their relationship with the other person, and one of their future desired relationship. To complete the expression, participants will create a diorama museum piece that offers literal or abstract representation of their future desired relationship. 

Fee: $150 per mother daughter pair, covers workshop, materials, and refreshments. Maximum number of pairs 10 (20 participants),  


Doe Branch Ink Fiction & Memoir Retreat

May 19 - May 26, 2019 

Now Enrolling

Dr. Lockhart will facilitate a weeklong fiction and memoir workshop utilizing her book The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript. 

Doe Branch Ink is a retreat for Writers and other Artists located on 110 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Doe Branch offers an engaging, hands-on workshop experiences in a relaxing, supportive, purposeful and distraction-free environment.  Fees cover lodging, catered meals, refreshments and tuition.   Our caterer can accommodate any dietary restrictions.  The area is bucolic with wooded hillsides, flowing streams and abundant hiking trails.   The Appalachian Trail is nearby and runs through the town of Hot Springs.  We are 30 miles and 45 minutes from downtown Asheville, and similarly close to Greeneville, TN. 

Open Enrollment (Limit of 10)

$1000 single occupancy

$800 double occupancy

Fees include all meals, refreshments, lodging and tuition.   

Private Consultation

Private Consultation - 5 Session Block of 2 hr Sessions  $400 or One 2 hr Session $100

Zelda Lockhart holds a PhD in expressive therapies, and is a registered expressive arts consultant and educator. She utilizes the literary arts with other art forms as adjunct to help folks do one of two things: 

  • Reach the goal of a literary manuscript using their personal life experiences and the discovered  experiences during the writing process (and other adjunct art making) as  the main ingredients
  • Heal and transform using literary writing (and other adjunct art forms) as the tools to reach that goal 

These goals sound similar, because healing transformation and literary product are an outcome of each, but the primary goal of the first is the manuscript with healing transformation as a secondary outcome, and the primary goal of the second is the healing transformation with some literary writing as the secondary outcome.
Location:  Via Zoom or Google Hangouts.
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Private Consultation 5 Sessions


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Also Visit Zelda Lockhart at:

Her Story Garden Studios


At Her Story Garden Studios Black women take writing workshops with Zelda and other facilitators on 3.5 acres of land where the organic garden and the writing workshops help participants to self-define, heal, and liberate..

LaVenson Press


LaVenson Press is devoted to helping women and girls of color take ownership of their stories through publication. To that end, LaVenson Press hosts publishing workshops, and publishes a yearly literary magazine and anthologies that highlights the poetry, memoir, and fiction of women and girls of color.