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Upcoming Workshops & Events


Nov. 22nd - Doris Payne & Zelda Lockhart - Celebrate Black Women's Resilience at Charis Books

Friday, November 22, 2019 

7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis Books & More 

184 S. Candler St. 

Decatur, GA 30030

Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Doris Payne was told her dreams were unattainable for poor black girls like her. Surrounded by people who sought to limit her potential, Doris vowed to turn the tables after the owner of a jewelry store threw her out when a white customer arrived. Neither racism nor poverty would hold her back; she would get what she wanted and help her mother escape an abusive relationship.

“Yes, I stole all of that. It’s true, but there is so much more to my story that I want Black women and anybody out there to understand. There’s a lot for you to understand about what is possible when you are told that you can’t have what you want in this world. There is a lot to be told about who is doing dirt and how to be okay and do great anyway.”

Join Doris Payne and co-author Zelda Lockhart for a conversation, reading, and discussion on the messages of Black women’s resilience in Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World’s Most Notorious Jewel Thief.

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5. 

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Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8 - Black Women's Write-Ins

Saturdays December 7, January 11, February 8 9am - 1pm 

1024 Starlight Drive Durham, NC 27707

Black Women's Write-Ins are all about utilizing guided meditation, and being in a group writing space to turn a mere 4 hours of writing time into a deep journey of soulful writing. If you have or haven't done a write-in before come and see how the magic of natural beauty, hot tea, winter snacks, and the good company of some Sistahs makes for some transformative writing. If you're working on something, cool, bring it. If you haven't worked on a thing, cool, come and partake of the prompts I've designed over the years to get you into that deep place of writing and discovery.

Fee: $25
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January 5, 12, 19, 26 - Black Women's Writing Intensive

Sundays in January (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) 

1024 Starlight Drive 

Durham, NC 27707

We will cozy up to the fireplace for the Black Women's Writing Intensive where we will utilize The Mirror Exercise (From The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript) to write through one of our personal plots from wound, want, revelation and outcome. The by-product of this soulful journey will be the first draft of a short story, personal essay or short collection of poems. You will have prompts to write on during the week and will write in the workshop as a way to keep you in the zone for the whole month, 


Fee: $250 

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March 27, 2020 - The Relationship Museum at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference

Friday,  March  27th


Ottawa University

9414 N 25th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Dr. Lockhart will lead participants through the writing of two prose scenes or two poems inspired by the relationships they have and the inherent gifts they posses for seeking the relationships they desire. Participants will create a diorama museum piece inspired by their written expression.

The focus of this conference is the celebration of the harmonious interconnectivity of creativity, beauty and healing of mind, body and spirit in all its wondrous forms: music, visual arts, poetry and writing, dance/movement, rhythm and play.

IEATA and Ottawa University graciously extend a welcome invitation to all expressive arts therapists, art therapists, artists, mental health professionals, students and community to join us in March 2020. Come enjoy the uplifting, unlimited and un-bee-lievable healing possibilities of the creative process!

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April 2-5, 2020 Helping Women Identify Inherent Self-Worth & Create Healthy Connections at NAPT Conf

National Association of Poetry Therapy 40th Annual Conference
April 2-5, 2020
Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico

This writing and art expression workshop is designed to help you consider the relationships you have had (family, romantic, friendships, professional) and reach for the relationships you want. Participants will use Dr. Lockhart's storytelling technique, personal plot, to write two short scenes as 10-minute-writes: one from a pivotal relationship of the past or current, and one of a future, desired relationship. To extend the expression, participants will create visual art that offers literal or abstract representation of their future desired relationship.  Through this exercise, participants will offer themselves a personalized written and visual reminder of how to make the types of human connections they find to be healthy, supportive, and reflective of who they are. 

  • Participants will utilize exercises to inspire object relations and narrative therapy in their teaching and community/organizational development work.
  • Participants will gain a new way of looking at their relationships and the strengths they have gained as tools for seeking future, healthy relationships. 
  • Participants will gain tools for sharing their stories (audibly and visually) in community-building storytelling fashion where the words and images of one’s experiences inspire the experiences of another. 

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May 2nd - Write Now Conference - Keynote & Workshop

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The McKimmon Center 

1101 Gorman Street

On the Campus of NC State University

Raleigh, NC 

Zelda Lockhart will present the Keynote address and offer a writing workshop at this annual conference for freelance writers in North Carolina. Sponsored by Triangle Association of Freelancers. 

Registration Opens soon.

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On Going - Private Consultation

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