NC Literary Hall of Fame




RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, novelist and director of LaVenson Press Studios, Zelda Lockhart, will teach the course "The Relationship Museum."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

In this workshop participants produce raw material from the core of their experiences. Using Lockhart’s Relationship Museum writing exercise participants will quickly get into the creative zone and produce short poetry and prose rich in character/voice development and setting development. No previous writing experience is necessary. Participants will produce a short first draft of prose or small group of poems and walk away with an individualized writing tool that provides weeks of daily writing prompts that bring depth to character development and setting.

We asked Zelda, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

"I would tell young Zelda, 'Listen, you might as well get on with the business of revealing who you are through your art. There are clever tricks and slight of hand that might help you mask who you are in the art-making, but in the end, if you hide who you are, you'll end up with something with short-term appeal as opposed to something with long-term impact.'"

Zelda Lockart is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Expressive Art Therapies at Lesley University, holds an MA in Literature from Old Dominion University and a BA in English from Norfolk State University. She is author of award winning novels Fifth Born, Cold Running Creek, and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. Her other works of fiction, poetry and essays can be found in anthologies, journals and magazines. Ms. Lockhart lives in Hillsborough, is Director of LaVenson Press Studios, and travels and lectures regularly. She s the Alumni Endowed Chair for Language and Literature at North Carolina Central University, and welcomes visits to her websites where you can follow her calendar of engagements: and

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The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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