Award winning author and 2010 Piedmont Laureate for Literature converts her home on 3.5 rural acres in Hillsborough into an alternative writing and publishing studio for women and young women.


LaVenson Press Studios: Inspiring Women to Self-Define Through Writing & Publishing
P.O. Box 1432
Hillsborough, NC 27278
email: info@LaVensonPressStudios.com

Located on 3.5 acres of inspiring rural land in Hillsborough, NC, LaVenson Press Studios seeks to offer women and young women workshops that instill emotional, and psychological truth in their writing. Director Zelda Lockhart facilitates workshops along with other teaching artists like Kelly Starling Lyons, Grey Brown, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Kim Arrington. Genres include fiction, memoir, song writing, children’s literature writing, poetry and screenwriting. As a way of nurturing not just the artistic mind, but also the body, light meals and snacks are prepared for participants from LaVenson Press Studios’ organic garden.

Because Lockhart feels that one’s writing is not finished until it reaches its audience, LaVenson Press Studios also hosts a literary magazine, Firefly Ridge, which hosts a Poetry & Prose Literary Competition yearly.

2015 Workshops & Events Include:

Zelda’s One Year Sabbatical

Aug. 2015 – Aug. 2016

Hello Beautiful Students, Readers and LaVenson Press Studios Community. As many of you know I have begun my PhD in Expressive Therapies, which is a marvelous adventure. I am finding so much kinship and shared human thought for the structures and tools that I continue to build and seek to build around the transformative capacity of stories well-told.

I’ll be taking a year off so that I can research, write and simultaneously integrate what I’m learning into what I know.

I look forward to returning to our work with all new ways of practicing.

Wishing you all an awesome remainder of the summer and a pensive rejuvenating fall, winter and spring.

Peace & Love,


For More Information on Workshops & EventsThe Studio will host open-to-the-public events designed to offer the North Carolina Community the voice of new women writers of all ages and backgrounds. These events include a Winter Stage and Studio Event on December 5, 2015 where the winners of the Firefly Ridge Literary Competition will be announced.

LaVensonPresslogofinal jpThe Women’s Leaf Fund

What is the Women’s Leaf Fund?

The goal of LaVenson Press Studios is to provide the means for women to self-define through writing and to finish those works of art through publishing.

LaVensonPresslogofinal jpThis includes providing women the opportunity to eat well so that they can write well, which is supported by the Studio’s Organic Garden.

LaVensonPresslogofinal jpThis includes the slate of Workshops that empower women to reach in for the emotional, psychological and spiritual truths that makes good art.

LaVensonPresslogofinal jpThis includes hosting Firefly Ridge Literary Magazine, which publishes from the works of women who have taken LaVenson Press Studios Workshops and provides women with information about other publishing venues.

These programs and all who participate in them are the leaves and the Studio is the tree.  Want to be a leaf on the tree?

Register for a Workshop


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