Who, What, Where, and How
The Letter Writers Alliance was started in the Summer of 2007 by Kathy Zadrozny and Donovan Beeson as a way to connect all the letter lovers in the world. Since then, we’ve gained over 12,000 card-carrying members worldwide and many more unregistered fans. Through a combination of online presence and offline gatherings, the L.W.A. gives people the tools to maintain the art of letter writing.
The L.W.A. Mission
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; neither long lines, nor late deliveries, nor increasing postal rates will keep us from our mission. As a member of the Letter Writers Alliance, you will carry on the glorious cultural tradition of letter writing. You will take advantage of every opportunity to send tangible correspondence. Prepare your pen and paper, moisten your tongue, and get ready to write more letters!
- World-wide membership, from Argentina to Qatar
- 89% of our members are from the United States.
- The majority of our International Members reside in English speaking countries, like Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Wales.
- 80% of our members identify as female
- The majority of our members are between the ages of 18-60.
Writing to your pen pals doesn’t have to be a solitary act. The L.W.A. and its members turn letter writing into a social event by hosting Letter Writing Socials. We gather our typewriters,
some free stationery, sometimes a wee bit of booze, and gather people together to write letters together. The event is a nice mix of typewriters clacking and conversations about paper, stamps, and letters. Any pubic place is game: libraries, bars, or the back room of retail shops. Our favorite socialites are the young ones who get that spark of joy on their face the first time they use a typewriter. The popularity of the Letter Socials caught on so quickly that within six months our members began hosting their own from coast to coast and even abroad.
Social Media, Etc
Instagram Donovan: @dovbee and Kathy: @16sparrows
Post The Letter Writers Alliance, P.O. Box 221168, Chicago, IL 60622
How did the Letter Writers Alliance start?
We were vendors at a fair with our other shop, 16 Sparrows, and people kept picking up our stationery and stating that they were the only ones who wrote letters anymore. A light bulb just went off for us: what if we could connect these people who participate in a solitary art so they don’t feel like the only ones? That is when we decided to start the Alliance.
What are the benefits of membership?
You get a fancy member badge and member card which bestows upon you a lifetime membership to the Alliance. The member website is password protected, creating a virtual club house where we give members tools like free stationery and card downloads that they can print at home. The goal is to help them get offline and write more letters. If they don’t have enough people to write to, we have an optional pen pal swap between L.W.A. members. We offer members-only products and projects, run mail art contests, and have a special currency that members can earn through community involvement and redeem for prizes.
Non-members are not left out of the letter writing fun. We update the L.W.A. blog three times a week, which is open to the public, with all the goings on in the letter writing world. We also use Twitter to keep people informed on the latest postal news, interesting stationery items, and mail art inspiration.
Don’t you see the irony of having a letter writing group online?
We use technology to supplement and promote an analog activity. The website is a meeting point and resource to enable more letter writing. The free downloads and pen pal swap are resources to get members to write more letters. Our members go online, get the tools they need, and then go offline to write letters. It is a club house, a place to feel connected
to others like you, and motivates you to keep writing letters to those you feel connected to. We aren’t anti-email; we are pro real-mail. Mainly, we just want people to write more letters.
What happens at Letter Socials and Workshops?
We have different types of gatherings. Letter Socials are free events that occur both online and in person. Both in analog and digital environments, people gather to write letters together. Online we connect through social media, using the hashtag #LWASocial, as well as have a live video of ourselves writing letters and answers questions. For in-person events,
we supply typewriters and stationery for all those attending to use. They just need to come armed with their address books. With these socials we turn the solitary action of letter writing into a social event. There is some conversation and sharing of ideas, but mainly, everyone is clacking away at typewriters writing letters.
With our workshops and Labs, we teach everything relating to mail from how to address a letter, making your own envelopes, and mastering a fountain pen. Since our membership is worldwide, we offer these workshops both in-person and online. We enjoy blending the two in order to bring analog knowledge through digital means.