Please tell us about yourself and what you do.
We are a group for letter lovers, both new and old, with the mission to encourage mail art and letter writing. In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item and the Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving it. We offer membership to the L.W.A., which makes you privy to exclusive letter writing items and tools. We also host monthly letter socials that are open to all, which turns the solitary act of letter writing into a social event. By offering the use of typewriters and free stationery at these socials we hope we can get other people excited about letter writing. With this combination of online presence and in-person gatherings we strive to give people the tools to maintain the art of letter writing. At this moment we have over 3700 members and we continue to grow every day.
How did the Letter Writers Alliance come about?
The Letter Writers Alliance exists because Kathy and I grew tired of hearing people say that they loved letters, but that nobody writes them anymore. We heard this a hundred times in a day. A light bulb just went off for both of us: what if we could link up these people, who participate in a solitary art, and connect them so they don't feel like the only ones anymore? We decided to create the Alliance to network those letter lovers together. We created a website and came up with a concept for what a membership would entail and what kind of perks came with it.
What are the top 3 ingredients to writing a great letter?
1. Just write
Start writing letters and stop making excuses. So what if it’s been forever? Write now!
2. Be yourself
3. Ask questions
A final tip is to ask questions of your recipient which will hopefully spur them on when they write you back.
Do you have any upcoming projects or events we should look out for?
We are also hosting more letter socials this year and have started holding workshops. While letter socials are more of a gathering, our workshops focus on a particular aspect of our mail-loving world. In less then two hours you learn all about what and how to make your mail more fun. We post L.W.A. hosted events on the sidebar of our blog and we keep all the letter related events that we know of on our calendar.
What are your top favorite JetPens tools and why?
Donovan: Oh boy. How many can I list? I have a Kokuyo Kadokeshi 28-Corner Eraser that lives in my pen case. I also have a ceramic pen cutter which I no longer see listed on the site, but there are others like it. It’s a great addition to any on-the-go kit because it allows for precise cuts and is airplane safe. I love my Kaweco Sport roller balls and have multiple so that I can have different ink colors available. And I haven’t found a better metallic ink than the J. Herbin Encre in Copper. It’s gorgeous. I think I’m using it on my wedding invitations.
Kathy: I am absolutely in love with my Kaweco Classic Sport fountain pens. I have the clear body and the black body. They are both my go-to pens for everything and are great with the added clip. The J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Fountain Pen Ink - Rouge Hematite continues to be one of my most favorite red inks. The slight gold sheen in the red when you write is just awesome. I also really like the Midori Brass Bullet Pencil Holder. I can throw it in my bag or clip it to a book and not have to worry about it poking or marking my stuff, and the eraser works great. The brass also gets a great patina as you use it.
Have any advice on how we can keep the art of letter writing alive?
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