New for LWA members, spiffy LWA crested flats with your name on them. I'm super in love with the bright blue/teal color the paper is. Makes any letter cheery.
Also, we just created a LWA group on Flickr where we can display our pen pal swaps, letter writing prowess, member
paraphernalia, ephemera, keen calligraphy skills and other epistolary
goodies. No need to be a member to post images, you just have to share our love of letters.
Greetings LWA members! Here is the latest visual of our cross-country letter writing team. I hope to continual update it and I really want to increase all of those red connector lines. Remember to sign up for the Pen Pal swap and write more letters.
The LWA has its first pair of pen pals! Hopefully, they are the first of many to come. I’ve been on a real pen pal kick lately. I’ve signed up for Postcrossing which has been really great fun. I’ve gotten cards from all over and from all manner of different people; from eight year old boys in Germany to young mothers in Japan. I don’t tend to keep the cards, but I do keep the cancelled stamps. It’s a holdover from when I collected stamps as a child. Each one is a tiny, wonderful work of art.
I attempted to look up a bit about the history of pen paling for everyone’s edification, but I found surprisingly little information. I’ve put in a request with my contact over at the National Postal Museum to see if she has any information. Wikipedia did mention that Charlie Brown had a pen pal in the 1960s, but I’m sure there were pen pals before then. The entry also mentioned a book by Geraldine Brooks entitled Foreign Correspondence about her quest to rediscover the pen pals from her childhood. Read an excerpt from the book here. I believe it should be added to the LWA mandatory reading list. Furthermore, I believe that the LWA should have a mandatory reading list!
In other news, the illustrious Kathy is off on an Italian vacation, but I am still manning the fort. Send me your letters about pen pals or other readings you would recommend about the wonderful world of letter writing.
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.