Author, Speaker, Facilitator, Scholar

Author, Speaker, Facilitator, Scholar

Author, Speaker, Facilitator, ScholarAuthor, Speaker, Facilitator, Scholar

Upcoming Workshops & Events


March 14 - Black Women's Write-Ins

Saturdays March 14th 9am - 1pm 

Forest Hills Neighborhood, 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
To Register: Click Here

March 24, 2020 - Diamond Doris Discussion with Zelda Lockhart - NCCU Shepard Library Author's Club

Tuesday, March 24th


James E. Shepard Memorial Library’s Authors’ Club on the Campus of

North Carolina Central Univ. 


We look forward to having an afternoon discussion with author Zelda Lockhart on her co-writing of the book Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief by Doris Payne.

The book has received many positive reviews including a review in the Sunday New York Times a few weeks ago, and inclusion in the New York Times Editors's; top 10 picks on October 31st. Upon release, the book also received a fabulous mention in Essence Magazine.

Today, at eighty-nine, Miss Payne, as bold and vibrant as ever, lives in Atlanta, and is celebrated for her glamorous legacy. She sums up her adventurous career best: “It beat being a teacher or a maid.” A rip-roaringly fun and exciting story as captivating and audacious as Catch Me if You Can and Can You Ever Forgive Me?—Diamond Doris is the portrait of a captivating Black female anti-hero who refused to be defined by the prejudices and mores of a hypocritical society.

Open to the Public. Bring your book club, your book, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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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April 24 Beyond Difficult Relationships: Helping Women Identify Self-Worth & Create Connection

Expressive Therapies Summit

Los Angeles Airport Hilton

Friday, April 24th

Catalina C Friday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Zelda Lockhart, MA, PhD 

This writing and art workshop explores effective methods for working with clients who have experienced or are currently experiencing unhealthy relationships in their lives. Black feminist themes of self-worth, self-definition, and community connection create the framework for a storytelling technique that is especially applicable to therapeutic work with clients and communities of color, who may benefit from learning more about what causes difficulty in relationships. Through hands-on creative activities, they will be able to identify and explore what they are seeking in future relationships, as well as any healthy elements they will be able to bring to them. The creative techniques presented in this 3-hour workshop evoke literal and abstract representations of self-worth and will prove useful to counselors and therapists who work in almost any setting. 

To Register: Click Here

Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; NASW, MFT; SWNYS, LMHC, LCAT (New York state only) 

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

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.