Monday, February 16, 2015


For at least the third year in a row, February has been declared International Correspondence Writing Month, aka InCoWriMo, by a group of dedicated letter writers. The month-long letter writing project seems to be headed up by Eric Schneider of Highland, Calif.

There is at least one InCoWriMo participants can enter, and the website includes a list of people to whom you can write.

InCoWriMo has a a website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed and some videos. Check it all out by starting at the website:

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Story About a Book About Love Letters

In The Star Phoenix newspaper (in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) earlier this week, reporter Stephanie McKay writes about a new book, "Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets." In her story, McKay writes, "The love letter is not dead, just different, a new book proves."

"Where the Nights are Twice as Long," published by Goose Lane Editions and edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lyne, the book includes letters from as far back as 1883 and as recent as 2014.

The book also has an accompanying blog

Read McKay's article by clicking here.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

There's Still Time to Write That Love Letter!

Valentine's Day is two days away, but that is plenty of time for writing a love letter!

If you need a little inspiration, check out the Romantic Love Letter infographic on Louise Myers' How-to Graphics blog. It's cute!

And, if you haven't already read them, click here for some tips on how to write a love letter from a post on this blog (365 Letters) last week.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Elegant New Rose Stamp

Have you seen the new Vintage Rose stamp that is set to be released on Valentine's Day?

It's a Forever stamp and is part of the U.S. Postal Service's Wedding Series. The stamp art features an elaborate black and white line drawing of a rose. In the top left corner is a dark red heart, adding a dash of color to the stamp. The Vintage Rose complements the Vintage Tulip stamp, also to be released on Feb. 14. Both stamps can be pre-ordered online now.

The Vintage Tulip is a 70-cent stamp, for envelopes that weigh two ounces; they are perfect for heavy invitations for weddings and other celebrations, greeting cards for all occasions, and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage.

According to the USPS, the drawings are details from engraved plates originally created by naturalist artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). These stamps were printed using the intaglio printing technique. Jeanne Greco designed both stamps, and Greg Breeding was the art director.

Both stamps come with a variety of products for the collector as well as the letter writer. You can order the stamps in panes of 20 or blocks of 10 or 4. Also available are first day covers, framed enlargements of the stamps and notecards that feature both designs.

Visit the US Postal Service website ( for more details.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Handwritten Valentines

In the Huddersfield (England) Daily Examiner today, author Denis Kilcommons writes about "The art of handwriting love letters."

His article has lots of great statistics about how many people still write love letters, and he admits that he doesn't write things by hand as often as he used to. But, he goes on to explain why we all should write — by hand — more often:
"A pen and paper makes you consider in more detail the sentiments you want to express: if you get it wrong, you have to start again. That’s why people treasure letters more than an email or text because of the trouble entailed."
 Check out Denis' story by clicking here.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Art of the Love Letter

Love's Messenger, 1885, Marie Spartali Stillman
Today, the Mic media website features an article on the handwritten love letter by Jared Keller, director of news at Mic.

"The handwritten love letter, the literary aphrodisiac of the last two centuries, is one of the most personal, powerful expressions of romance whose qualities cannot be truly replicated in the digital world," Keller writes.

You can read the entire story by clicking here.

And, if you're looking for some tips on writing a love letter, check out this post I wrote last week.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Yet Another Letter Writing Club!

Wow! Letter writing clubs are really in the news this week. UNews, produced by students in the University of King's College School of Journalism in Halifax, Nova Scotia, featured a story today about the Halifax Snail Mail Society.

You can read more about it by clicking here.
University of King’s College School of Journalism
University of King’s College School of Journalism
University of King’s College School of Journalism
University of King’s College School of Journalism
University of King’s College School of Journalism
University of King’s College School of Journalism
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