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What Are You Writing About?

As February 1st draws near, how is your planning going for the month? Have you got names pencilled in your calendar? Signed up at LetterMo to become a member and requested new penpal addresses? Other than the basic introductory information, you may wonder what you can write about.

Here is a list of occasions that you can draw inspiration from. Remember to thank your Mail Carrier on February 4th! Send fan mail to your favourite Weatherperson (5th). Share a recipe for your favourite plum pudding (12th) or Margarita (22nd). Express your gratitude for Caregivers Day (18th) and support for World Day of Social Justice (20th).

There’s always something interesting to write about and share! Which is your favourite occasion listed below? Let us know if there something else you celebrate in your region.

Click on the image for a full size PDF.

The Countdown Is On

Can you believe it? February is almost here! 
Have you got your

  • Postage stamps ✅
  • Pens✅
  • Ink✅
  • Stationery✅
  • Postcards✅
  • Washi and stickers✅
  • Signed up for a letter writing challenge❓

The letter writing community is lucky to kickstart the year by having two different programs during the month of February. Why February? It’s the shortest month of year and often not the best weather, so letter writing is a great way to pass the time while staying cosy indoors.

So what are the two different programs? A Month of Letters, or as we call it LetterMo around here, was started by writer Mary Robinette Kowal who took a month break from the internet. International Correspondence Writing Month or InCoWriMo, is an obvious nod to NaNoWriMo for the inspiration to write every day.

So what are the differences between #LetterMo and #InCoWriMo? See the chart below.

The various elements of LetterMo requires a team of dedicated volunteers who run things behind the scenes. We are also lucky to have built a strong community over the years that welcomes newcomers each year and shares their knowledge of the program and love of mail.

You may wonder, do people participate in both? There are definitely people who do the crossover as well as write and send out more than one letter a day! If you want to see some of the mail that is sent out, visit our Instagram profile and check out our stories – LetterMo 2021 or check out #LetterMo2021

With people around the world discovering or rediscovering the joy of the written word received by post, we hope letter writing will no longer be classified as a “lost art”

Are you ready? Come join the fun – sign up today! See you in the forums!

Let us know in the comments what you are doing to be ready for February 1st.

Thankful Thursday #1

In the Looking for A Reason Write post, you will see that today, February 4, is a special day for Letter Writers! It is

We’re so very thankful for carriers who bring us and in some cases, pick up, our happy mail to start it on its journey to the next town or around the world. During these pandemic times, the mail service has helped to keep people connected and feel less isolated while we are unable to get out and see our friends and family.

We discovered this activity and wanted to share with you as it is perfect for today, especially if you have some littles that could use a distraction! Show your gratitude for the mail and package carriers working hard to keep us connected with this colouring page. Display your finished sign on your window, mailbox or door as a message of support and thanks, not just today, but every day.

For a full size print out, click the image for a link to the Smithsonian Winter At Home Guide and print page 39. (We’re sure there is lots in the magazine that is interesting so you may want to print the entire thing!) Smithsonian Magazine adapted this from an activity created by the National Postal Museum.

Photograph of boy mailing letter, National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Unknown, c. 1880. Mr. ZIP standing cut-out, Courtesy of National Postal Museum.

Last week, we shared some of the stickers and cards we have seen around the internet on how you can show appreciation in and on your mail (scroll left and all the vendors have been tagged).

We have shared the same items on our Facebook page with the vendors tagged so you can contact them if you are interested in any of the items.

Have you seen any other Thank A Mail Carrier stickers or cards? Did you do anything to celebrate your postie?

Looking for a Reason to Write?

Just 10 days to LetterMo 2021! If you haven’t registered yet, do it as soon as possible so you can get started on February 1 and find some new pen pals if needed. Are you trying to fill your planning calendar with people and reasons to write?

If you feel like you need an occasion to write someone, here are some fun days of the month for you to get in touch. Perhaps you can tell your pen pal why you started playing the ukulele (2nd) or why something is one of your favourite foods – whether it’s pizza (9th), gum drops (15th), or sticky buns (21st). There are a lot of fun greeting cards, stickers and washi tape that you can show your love. Perhaps you can share your favourite home made soup (4th) or margarita recipe. With the list below, you can likely find something interesting that you can put pen to paper to write about.

Happy writing!

REVISED: February 1, 2021 to include Lunar New Year (Ox) on the 12th and PenPalentine’s Day on the 15th.

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Ready to Write_On?

As we’re sure you all know, April is National Letter and Card Writing Month. In 2001, it was officially designated by the U.S. Postal Service as National Card and Letter Writing Month “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.”

Egg Press in Portland started the Write_On campaign in 2014 to challenge their family and friends to write 30 letters/cards in 30 days. Check out the website for a list of great resources from trackers, envelope liners, reasons to write and tools. Follow @EggPress and the #Write_On tag on Instagram so you don’t miss out on inspiration, letter-writing prompts, and some fun giveaways* of Sakura pens! They also have an active Write_On Facebook group full of friendly folks (including several Letter Moians!) to link up with new pen pals, share your favourite stamps, and cheer each other on throughout the month’s challenge!

Did you finish writing to all of your LetterMo penpals and are looking for someone else to write? Perhaps check out our #MailMission page, and write a letter or card to someone who would appreciate a smile in the mail. Write_On also has a list of people in need of some kind words.

Please share and tag your mail-errific efforts this April on your posts on Instagram or in the daily mail call in the LetterMo Facebook group so we can cheer you on:
#write_on #lettermo #happymail #snailmail #nationalcardletterwritingmonth

Snail Mail Small Business Savings & Shout Outs

During this unprecedented time of business closures around the world due to the pandemic, we wanted to give a shout out to those small businesses who love and create beautiful cards and stationery for us snail mail lovers. While we do our best to revive the art of letter writing, we’re lucky that we can find beautiful things to send in the mail.

These are a collection of offers that have been spotted on social media, and range from free shipping to percentage off. Some of them are favourites recommended by Letter Moians. Support them if you can – whether it’s to re-stock your stationery stash for National Card and Letter Writing Month in April or beyond, or to share this post with your friends and family who also love stationery. Don’t need anything for yourself? Some shops offer giftcards too! Let’s try to help keep these awesome and creative stationery – and sometimes sassy and salty! – suppliers around. ♥

If you know of any others, from anywhere in the world, please comment below with a link to their online shop.

* Please note: I haven’t had time to check out the details of all the offers. I have included expiry dates if I could easily find them; free shipping may only refer to local areas only, and dollar limits in local currency.
~ Irene

Constellation & Co
Home of the Snail Mail Superstar.
Free shipping on all orders until April 30, 2020

Paper Pastries
20% off until March 31, 2020 with the code: STAYSAFE20
Free shipping for orders over $50

Regional Assembly of Text
Until March 31, 2020, save 40% off everything in their Stationery category with special code Stationery=Paper
Sign up for their quarterly newsletter to so you can find out any new products and other future offers.

Steel Petal Press
Lots of sassy and salty cards 😀 and Corona Care packages .
Free shipping until April 7 with code: VIRTUALHUGS

20% off all orders for the next month. with code: GOODVIBES

Some other of our letter writers’ small biz faves*:

Custom return address rubber stamps.
Free shipping.

Curated monthly subscription service among other lovely stationery including vintage stamps.

Carpe Diem Papers
Free shipping within US for greeting card orders.

Egg Press
Originator of the Write_On Campaign!

Graphic Anthology
Cards ship free.
Subscribe to their newsletter and get 15% off your first order in addition to birthday discounts.

I Loot Paperie
Very punny and cute cards and washi tapes.

Paper Wilderness
Whimsical watercolour paper goods and fantastic animal puns.

Postmark’d Studio
Premium monthly stationery subscription and other snail mail goodies.

Pretty by Post
Curated Greeting Cards For The Snail Mail Lover. Free shipping on first order and monthly contests in the Facebook group.

Rhubarb Paper Co.
“Not Yo’ Grandma’s Greeting Cards”

Wit & Whistle
“Pretty funny paper goods” – cards and rubber stamps.

(*not all verified*)

Keep Mailing, Snail Mailers!

I don’t think anyone could have imagined that the world would be facing a global pandemic this year. During this time of heightened anxiety and feelings of isolation, we wanted to share that it’s safe to continue to send mail.

In an interview, Dr. Michael Merson, a dean’s special adviser at the New York University School of Global Public Health, told CBS News:

“I have not seen any evidence to support transmission of the new coronavirus through mail and experts universally feel that the risk of spread from mail or packaging that is shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures is remote.”

“No, you won’t contract corona virus from a package you receive in the mail” By Sophie Lewis – March 5, 2020 / 5:11 PM  / CBS NEWS

While some international borders have closed, it is mainly the restriction of people crossing, not goods nor mail. With the exception of mailing/receiving from some points in Asia, most postal systems state that it’s mostly business as usual with the exception of some personal handling (e.g. delivery signatures) and guaranteed delivery times in the USA, Canada, UK, and Germany (top locations of Letter Moians). Check with your national postal service and let us know in the comments. Erotik Film, Erotik Film izle

In fact, during this time of “social distancing,” perhaps there has never been a better time to return to the art of writing letters and help people from feeling isolated.

Keep on writing, Letter Moians!

Mail Mission Accomplished!

It was wonderful to read that many of you participated in Mail Missions during LetterMo.

In chatting in one of my Facebook Groups, a member of the Braid Mission mentioned that they had received several “Cards of Hope” from LetterMo members and hearing that news really warmed the cockles of my heart. YAY for you kind-hearted people!

Another Mail Mission that many of your undertook was to send World War II veteran Fred Arsenault a birthday card for his 100th birthday. Cards were sent from Canada, USA and from around the world.

Fred Arsenault with his original request. Fred with his daughter-in-law at his birthday party on March 5, 2020, announcing how many cards he received.

We are happy to report that Fred Arsenault achieved his request to receive 100 cards for his 100th birthday. He just received an extra 90,000 of them! Click this link to see scenes from his birthday party.

Thanks to all of you kind snailmailers! <3


Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Month of Letters. And a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the people who volunteered and stepped in and stepped up to ensure this year’s LetterMo happened. 

As we March On to April, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few things:

  • Honour the pledge and write back to everyone who wrote you – even if it takes you into March and beyond.
  • Remember that for some people, they have indicated that they write only in February, so you may not get a second letter until next February. 
  • Head to your profile and ensure that your letter writing status is correct and edit if need be
  • Remember that if you requested a friend to write to, etiquette says that you should write first.
  • Ensure you record your friends’ address somewhere other than here in the case that the site goes down whether for maintenance or gremlins
  • If you want to stay in touch, find your way to the FB community if you aren’t there already. Remember, you will need your username, i.e., your “@name” that you use to log in here, to request access.
  • Remember to check out the special offer for LetterMo members aka Snail Mail Superstars from Constellation & Co. good until March 31st, 2020.

We’ll share some more resources as April draws near.  Until then,

Happy Writing LetterMo friends!
Long Live Snail Mail!

You’re invited!

To the LetterMo 2020 Virtual Write-In!

LetterMo is hosting a virtual letter writing social. While we won’t have a space for an online meet-up, we encourage LetterMoians to coordinate with letter writers local to them, invite friends and family to join in a real location, coordinate an online hangout with your favourite pen-pal, or simply take your letter writing to a public place.

You can check in on the Members Only LetterMo 2020 Virtual Write-in Thread on the 29th here on the website and/or the LetterMo 2020 Facebook Group.

With our global audience:
10:00 am to 1:00 pm PST / 1:00-4:00 EST / 18:00-21:00 GMT
(Click here if you need help converting to your local time.)
If the time doesn’t work for you, adjust as needed and share away. The most important thing is to have fun!

Share your Write-In location or snap pictures of your progress for the last Saturday of our February challenge.

“See you” on the 29th!