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Help Build the First Bookstore for Women in Southeast NC

If you came to Fall Conference, you probably met our friends from Athenian Press & Workshops. They’ve got a real vision: to open the first bookstore and resource center for women and femme writers in the Southeast United States.

They want to open it in North Carolina, because our state is a diverse state, both geographically and socially, and there’s a need for this type of thing in our community.

The truth is, though, they’ve got an uphill climb in order to get there, and time is running out.

We’re sharing this letter with you in hopes that you’ll be moved to act on their behalf. If it takes a village to raise a child, then the same can be said for a worthwhile endeavor such as this.

From our friends at Athenian Press & Workshops:

Hello again from the Athenian team!

We are a feminist, creative organization promoting marginalized voices, and our countdown officially begins! We need to raise $30,000 by November 30 to open Southeastern NC’s first bookstore, resource center, press, and event space catered to women and femme writers of all ages, femininities, sexualities, races, (dis)abilities, and religious affiliations.

In the space, we will house lectures by successful authors, professional development seminars, writing workshops, and community engagement meetings. This will also serve as the hub for our press and literary magazine. Learn more at

Sound like something you want to support?

Cool! Here’s four ways to get involved:

1. Help Athenian by donating.

Every little bit counts. If 300 people give $100, we will met our goal and will be able to provide this resource as early as January 2018!

2. You can donate time by helping us with advertising, volunteer recruitment, communications during the campaign, and/or store management when the space is open.

3. Donate resources and connections–donors, sponsors, printing services, information about grants, access to materials, etc.

4. Get involved–become a member, a workshop leader, board member, etc.

We hope to hear from you soon and appreciate your consideration of our mission! If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to me (Lori) at

Much love,

Lori Wilson
Executive Director