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 and Publishing is a merger of Zelda Lockhart’s soulful writing workshops and her publishing company LaVenson Press.

This fall’s workshops include:

  • The Publishing Intensive, Saturday January 11th  (Fee: $80)
  • The Women’s Self-Edit Workshop - 5 Consecutive Thursday EveningJan 16th, 23rd, 30th, Feb. 6th, 13th
    (6-8pm Fee $180)
  • The Women’s Writing Intensive5 Consecutive Sundays Feb. 9th, 16th, 23rd, March 9th, 16th (4-6:30pm Fee: $200)

The 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 7, 2013 and a Summer Front Porch Stage & Studio Event August 30, 2014.

For More Information on Workshops & Events

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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