The Chapel Hill Public Library hosted a writing and community-building event led by award-winning author Zelda Lockhart on Jan. 24. The event focused on how writing connects individuals regardless of their separate identities.
Lockhart, who holds a Ph.D. in expressive art therapies, read excerpts from her latest book, "The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript: Turning Life’s Wounds into the Gift of Literary Fiction, Memoir or Poetry." She used her book as the guideline for the event, drawing from the book some of the exercises that can help people start writing during difficult times and write what they want to write.
Lockhart said that the missing ingredient in all of her other poems was the emotion that made up her identity and her life.
“We want to be clever, we want to be seen and heard and applauded," Lockhart said. "Are we willing to tell the truth even if we don’t know if anyone is even listening?"
She talked about internal saboteurs, little voices that can keep you from writing. Lockhart said that these “saboteurs” can take many forms, such as lethargy saboteurs or cleanliness saboteurs.