Continuing their campaign from last year, the teams at Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are partnered to give away FREE letter writing kits consisting of 4 letterpress cards and a Gelly Roll pen from Sakura of America. They are doing this to encourage everyone to participate in National Letter Writing Month. They challenge you to write one letter each day for the thirty days of the month. It is open to International friends too, but they do ask that you make a small donation to help out with the shipping cost. Simply go here and fill in the form to get your kit.
Share your letter writing fun on social media with the hashtag #write_on to show your support of letter writing. Happy National Letter Writing Month, everyone! Get writing!
The Making Mail documentary is available for anyone to watch online, but here at the L.W.A. Clubhouse, we thought we'd get in on the giving spirit and send a lucky member/commenter a bonavide copy on disc. If you'd like to win, leave us a comment about your favorite part of the movie. Contest closes Monday morning.**Contest now closed** Good luck!
P.S. Regular L.W.A. giveaway rules apply: You must be a member of the Alliance to play. The winner will be asked to provide their member number in order to claim their prize. International members will be invoiced for shipping.
A postscript for today! Greer is giving away ONE ticket to our Fountain Pen Lab that is this weekend. Read the instructions below and comment in her Instagram post. The winner will be announced tomorrow. For those of you who do not want to leave anything to chance, we have one more ticket left and registration closes tonight at 11pm CST.
This Saturday, October 11 at 1pm, @16sparrows and @dovbee of The Letter Writers Alliance will be teaching a group of devoted correspondents the tips and tricks of using fountain pens. The $75 class fee includes a Kaweco Sport transparent fountain pen and cartridge. Sign up for the class at 16sparrows.typepad.com. For a chance to snare a free spot in the class, comment on this post using the hashtags #greerchicago and #fountainpen. Winner will be announced tomorrow.
The extremely talented and generous Lea Redmond is at it again. She sent over some copies of her new project through Chronicle books: Letters to My Future Self. It's a hardback collection of bound aerogrammes with different writing prompts. The idea is that you fill it out and have it to reference...in the future. Genius. Of course, this is from the creator of the World's Smallest Post Service, so it's no surprise that she's just full of fantastic ideas. Get this, she's even got another version coming out called Letters To My Baby.
Lea kindly sent along a couple of copies to us. We'd like to share with the class. Our standard contest rules apply: leave a comment with what letter you WISH you had written your future self and we'll pick a winner at random next week.**Contest is closed. Thanks for your insightful comments.** You'll need to give us your member number to claim your prize, and International winners will be asked to cover to the shipping fee.
Last month, Lindsey of Neatography was kind enough to share one of her paper packages with us. I've done some reviews of paper subscriptions before, and Neatography is one of those. It definitely has the nicest branding. The package can sealed with a sweet little snail. Awww. Lindsey sent us one of the "Good Old Days" packs. You can read a description of all of the nifty contents on her blog. There are lots of options on the site. You can have a monthly or quarterly delivery of a card and stamps subscription or a paper goods subscription. The shipping is included for U.S. shipments which I think is a nice touch. She's already sending the next bunch of good for June, but you can win this pack from May by commenting here about what your favorite paper pack would contain. You only need to tell me one thing, but if you have a whole slew, feel free to share. A winner will be chosen at random sometime next week. You'll need your L.W.A. member number to claim your prize. Domestic shipping is free, but International shipping will need to be covered by the winner. Good luck!**Contest now closed** I'm excited to read what you guys fantasize about in a paper subscription. Thanks for the giveaway, Lindsey, and for being a member of the Letter Writers Alliance!
I picked up this book as part of a letter writing book buying spree. I won't deny that the cover really caught my eye. Those silhouettes, the pillar box, the stamp edges; it's all very lovely and speaks to me. Kind Regards: The Lost Art of Letter-Writing by Liz Williams is a pretty basic book. It's really elementary stuff. There's little bits of trivia, a historical letter or two, and some guidelines. I wish the design sense of the cover continued inside, but it's mainly clip art repeats and rough newsprint pages. It's sustainable paper though, according to the cover.
This is not a book for me. I suspect it's not really a book for the readers of this blog either. This is a book for someone who has no clue about letter writing, and there are those people out there. There are people who truly have no idea where to put the address on the envelope. I've seen them. This is a great book for them. If you know someone who might be in to writing letters, someone probably between the ages of 10 and 20, then I think that a copy of this book (plus maybe a membership to the Letter Writers Alliance)(eh?) would be an excellent gift.
So, here's a little contest. Leave a comment telling me about who you would give the book and a free membership to as a gift. I'll pick one at random and send you the copy and a membership. It's open to all L.W.A. members. Do not leave your member number in the comment; I'll ask for it when you claim your prize. This is open to International members, but you'll have to pay for shipping which will be $24.00. Good luck! The contest is now closed!
*Well, for 10 of you, but that's more than one by a bunch! L.W.A. member Yuri in New Zealand sent us an amazing donation of dozens of handmade envelopes inside of other mail-arted envelopes. All you have to do to get an envelope of goodness is leave a comment. We'll pick 10 on this Wednesday, the 25th. To claim your prize, you will have to provide your L.W.A. member number. That's one of the many perks of membership-access to contests. Good luck everyone!
P.S. HEY, I changed my mind. I'm going to send out as many packages of envelopes as I have. I know it's more than 10, but not sure how much more. More chances for all!
After receiving multiple postcards from different L.W.A. members on these Tiny Post Office cards from Power & Light Press, I decided I needed some of my own. They perfectly encapsulate the charm of the small town U.S.P.O. To share the fun, I bought two packs and am giving one away. To win, leave a comment about your favorite post office and we'll pick a random winner next Monday morning. **Contest now closed** Our winner is Commentor No. 2, Jennifer, with her favorite Post Office, the Bridal Veil P.O. Rules are our standard set: 1) You must present your L.W.A. member number to claim your prize. 2) If you are international, we will require that you pay for postage. Good luck!
Do you know the Parcel Ghost? He used to be a mailman, but now he's a ghost. That doesn't slow him down though. He's a ghost that really gets around. Check out the Tumblr of all his adventures and follow along with his postal tips in his handy and informative zine! L.W.A. members, guess what!? You can win one of those zines if you send a postcard to the Parcel Ghost at P.O. Box 380582, Cambridge, MA 02238. Three winners will be selected from the postcards recieved. The deadline is October 31st, 2013! Trick or treat!
Back when I did my reviews of a number of stationerysubscriptionservices, I got quite a few suggestions to check out Nicely Noted. For $18 a month, the folks at Nicely Noted will send you a package containing three letterpressed cards with envelopes and selected postage. Perry was kind enough to send me a package for review. You can see that it was delightfully packaged. I appreciated the fun label and the way they wrapped the cards.
The back of the band holding the cards together had information about each of the card's makers, which I liked. It figures out to be $6 a card, but they give you the stamps and send them straight to your door. It's a sweet little package to get and worth the fee, especially if you don't have access to cards of this level of quality on a regular basis. You can see some of their past sendings here.
What do you guys think? Would you use Nicely Noted? Leave a comment and be entered to win the set above! Rules: You must be an Alliance member to win and you'll be asked for your member number to claim your prize. If you are International, there will be a small fee for shipping these to you. Good luck, and thanks again to Perry at Nicely Noted for the opportunity to review their service. Winner to be picked on Friday at 9AM! **We have a winner! Commentor No.3 is our lucky winner. Thanks for the opinions everyone!**
In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item. The Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving this art form. Prepare your pen and paper, moisten your tongue, and get ready to write more letters!
May 28th (Thursday)
Chicago, IL Letter Social
Uncle Art Gallery 7-9pm 1359 N Maplewood Ave
Join us and our typewriters to write some letters together. We will have mail art supplies, stationery, and a few of our old-fangled typing machines available for your use. Free!
May 30th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL OBSCURA DAY 2015
L.W.A. Clubhouse Several time slots available
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day. You'll see the inner sanctum of operations for the letter writing organization and have an opportunity to write letters and postcards using vintage typewriters.
Your ticket includes free supplies and typewriter time. Donovan, the Letter Writers Alliance typewriter expert, will be on hand to answer questions, troubleshoot cranky machines and make pithy comments. Come join us and type a letter or two!
Tickets: $5 Purchase options available soon!
June 6th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL Postcard Party
606 Opening Celebration, 10am-6pm
Humboldt Blvd between Cortland & Wabansia
Write some postcards and explore the new Bloomingdale Trail with us. Free!
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse 3:30-5pm
Old Fashions and Wax Seals, two old-timey things we love. Learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Old Fashion and making the perfect wax impression on your envelopes. We will also have other wax-like experiments for your mail art pleasure. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. All materials, including liquid forms, will be provided.
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July 12th (Sunday)
World-Wide L.W.A. Book Club
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest Margaret Haas (of Paper Pastries) via live video while we discuss Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Discussion and further info can be found on the Goodreads book group page. Event Page
The L.W.A. was established in 2007 by Kathy Zadrozny & Donovan Beeson. These two ladies manage every aspect of the Alliance, from design, to packing orders, to maintaining the website. The L.W.A. is a labor of love and we are happy you have joined us in sharing a love for letters.