project leader
Cathie W
581 Mother Gaston Boulevard
(Brownsville Brooklyn)
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Fundraiser Deadline EXTENDED!

the project

Power in the Pen provides a safe space to support underserved writers in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn by offering free weekly writing classes, editing services and publishing support in a workshop setting. We assist novice and seasoned writers throughout the entire writing process in preparation to self-publish or be published by reputable publishing houses. We provide artistic development by giving our writers the space and support to become professional authors. 

The funding will enable us to prepare the books for publishing. It will also help us to host the workshops, travel to conferences where participants learn to hone their craft from other professional experts in the field and attend book fairs where they can practice sharing and pitching their stories. It will also pay for editing services, graphic illustration, book design and press. 

Power in the Pen offers an opportunity for creatives/authors to transform bare-naked truths of terror into triumph, loss to love, forsaken to freed all captured in these stories so they can finally be shared for generations to read. These humble and unsung community writers will be acknowledged and affirmed. With your contribution and support, we are that much stronger.


the steps

Our authors have already committed to the weekly workshops. Actually, we have continued workshops via Zoom every Saturday of the pandemic 

Assuming we have the cash in hand July 15th, our next steps will be a to:

  • assess each book for needed editing services
  • schedule and pay for editing services for each book,
  • pay the illustrator to create book covers and book design
  • pay a photographer for photoshoots for book covers 
  • pay for copies of each book published through kdp
  • pay for a review through Kirkus or AALBC
  • Host a Book Release party for each book during an author's showcase

why we're doing it

A 2019 baseline diversity survey by Lee and Low Books found that only four percent of authors of African descent were represented in major publishing houses. Authors of diverse backgrounds, people of color as a whole only represent twenty one percent of authors represented by major publishing houses and of course, a whopping seventy-nine percent of authors published in major publishing houses are white. Power in the Pen was created to counter these statistics.

 Brownsville was chosen because it is considered one of the most, if not the most underserved community in New York City. Our organization’s existence dispels the belief that Brownsville consists of nothing but ignorance, gang life and violence. It empowers the dormant voices within the community and validates the true spirit of courage behind every project wall. As a native of Brownsville, the founder was groomed in the Arts and African-American culture and quite cognizant of the untapped, unheard and unexpected stories of courage there.


Power in the Pen deliberately consists of a diverse group of members. The project director is an African American and Native American published author and Adjunct Professor who is also a native of Brownsville. The editor holds a Master’s degree in Education and is a licensed School Counselor and Mental Health professional, as well as a published poet. The board members are male and female, straight, LGBTQIA+, home owners and displaced, formerly incarcerated and in recovery, from various occupational backgrounds and degrees of physical abilities. Each member represents a different region of the African diaspora and members range from early 30's to 70's in age. We purposely cater to the undeserved and disproportionately ignored to honor their stories and their lives.




Administrative Personnel - $3,000

Bank  Account - $1500

Non-Profit status processing fee - $1500

Illustrator/Artist Personnel - $1500 ( depending on project ex; book cover, signs, logo, poster)

Zoom fees - $300.00

TOTAL RAISED = $7,724.00 $7,724.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $115.86 $114.81
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $7,608.14 $7,574.19


Administrative Personnel - $12,000

Illustrator/Artist Personnel - $700 ( depending on project ex; book cover, signs, logo, poster)

Conference/Events fees - $1,000

Equipment (laptops, projector) - $2,000 

Food - $4,000

Zoom fees - $300.00

ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,460

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.



Fundraiser Deadline EXTENDED!

We've extended our fundraiser deadline to August 16th!! Look forward to attending our Author's Showcase on Zoom August 15th! Power in the Pen!




Let Him Clear His Throat by G.L.

"Let me clear my throat was a famous lyric of dj Kool that was sure to get the party jumping. Power of the pen is a group of writers that help me clear my throat. and allow my voice to be heard, my stories to be told. Power of the pen taught me to manage what my eyes see and have seen and my ears hear and have heard. so that my soul can articulate a poem for your delight to reflect on. Or a story to in lighten one's soul. All that I am is within me and thanks to power and the pen I have the ability to share that with you. Come join power of the pen and tell your story. articulate the voice within . It can be very therapeutic." - G.L. 

If you help us reach our goal, we can reach more people like G.L. and help others tell their stories. Please DONATE/SHARE today! 

Hot Off the Press: The First Book Published by Power in the Pen Press!

Thanks to your support from our first 

workshop to our first day of fundraising for our future, 

we are happy to announce the FIRST book to be PUBLISHED out of Power in the Pen Press!


Passions Pride: Return to the Dawning (Revised Edition) by Cathie Wright-Lewis 


Designed by Cheyenne Lewis 



Now available on Amazon!


All support, from an author to us as a collective, is appreciated!





Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported our movement this far! 

We have come a long way and have a ways to go to meet our goal! 

And a special shout out to CON EDISON for matching every donation that comes in up to $5,000!!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Lillian Dominguez
  • Audrey J.P. Campbell
  • A gift donation in honor of a dear friend, Geralyn
  • Brownsville Pitkin Ave Proprietors
  • Ted B.
  • Candice A.
  • LaVerna F.
  • Ashle` Simmone
  • Angela's Grandmother
  • Kyra Assibey-Bonsu
  • PurpleRoyalty
  • Kathleen Green
  • Anonymous
  • Chanel B.
  • Christine F.
  • Peter R.
  • Latina H.
  • Alicia A.
  • Mamie Mercer
  • Jenny C.
  • Anonymous
  • Kyoshia J.
  • Erica M.
  • rhonny K.
  • Betty Boney
  • Diane O.
  • Qiana
  • Eleanor Allen
  • Lillian Ricks
  • Kimberly A.
  • JourNey
  • Sabrina Jean Penceal
  • Diane ortiz
  • Quentin H.
  • Katheann M Woodroffe
  • Katonya T.
  • Ayanna Meryl McNeill
  • Ali B.
  • Shaun F.
  • Monique I.
  • Iman Kelly
  • Farrah L.
  • Anne M.
  • Monica G.
  • Cherese F.
  • Ericka C.
  • Kathleen Green
  • Dee FB
  • jeff c.
  • Anonymous
  • Tracey B.
  • in my bestie Tracey's honor, keep creating!
  • Kelly E.
  • Ashley H.
  • Marsha L.
  • Verna F.
  • Anonymous
  • Yolie.
  • Cee Willie
  • Marilyn D.
  • Liana K.
  • Loretta F.
  • Lenora Fine
  • Frances Fine
  • P Denis
  • Cheryl P.
  • Andre Mars
  • Tina J.
  • Teresa J.
  • Aisha Barclay
  • Cynthia C.
  • jo t.
  • Jacqueline pellew
  • Ronnie/Chanda Burrage & World Rhythm Academy
  • Cathie Wright-Lewis
  • Paula S.
  • Jacqueline L.
  • ALH
  • Joceline R.
  • Nye
  • Tonya G.
  • Jason O'Kelley