InCoWriMo – Let’s Write Some Letters in February!

Are you participating in InCoWriMo this February? Here's the run-down for you + how to find someone to write to :)

I am totally and completely obsessed with handwriting. There. I said it. Over the weekend, you may have seen a lot on social media about National Handwriting Day. While I loved seeing all of the handwriting-related posts fill up my newsfeeds, I’m particularly excited about another little event coming up that takes place every February: InCoWriMo!

InCoWriMo is short for International Correspondence Writing Month. I first heard of this magical celebration of handwritten letters over on the Goulet Pens Blog last week, and I haven’t been able to contain my excitement ever since!

InCoWriMo – How to Participate:

Are you participating in InCoWriMo this February? Here's the run-down for you + how to find someone to write to :)
For a breakdown + list of the supplies pictured, click here :)

>> Step 1

According to Eric over at InCoWroMo.org, you should first recite this pledge:

“I, [insert your name], clearly see the benefits of InCoWriMo participation, not only to me personally, but also to those who will receive my correspondence. InCoWriMo is a beneficial endeavor and worthy of my full attention. I hereby pledge to hand-write and mail/deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February.”

>> Step 2

Hand-write and mail/deliver one card or letter each day throughout the month of February. That’s 29 letters this year, since it’s a leap year. :)

>> Extra Credit

Snap some photos of the letters you send and receive and share them on social media. Consider using the hashtags #InCoWriMo and #InCoWriMo2016 so that we can all follow along!


Not sure who to write to?


Are you participating in InCoWriMo this February? Here's the run-down for you + how to find someone to write to :)

Maybe you’d even like to gain a pen pal or two throughout the month?
Here are my go-to sites to find new pen pals:

PostCrossing – Send and receive post cards from all over the world.

Fountain Pen Pals – A pen pal group for fountain pen enthusiasts on Reddit.

Letter Writers Alliance – A paid membership but oh-so-cool!

Bullet Journal Pen Pals – A pen pal group on Facebook for all of us BuJo lovers! :)

You can make your letters as simple or as decorated as you like.

If you’re looking to go all-out with your letters, I’ve created an InCoWriMo board on Printerest filled with lovely letter-writing and envelope decorating ideas:

Follow Boho Berry | Boho Life |’s board | InCoWriMo | on Pinterest.


PO BoxOf course, I’d love it if you’d write to me too!

(Depending on how many letters I receive, I can’t promise that I’ll be able to respond to each and every one, but I’ll sure try!)

Kara Benz
Boho Berry
P.O. Box 780
Cookstown, NJ 08511

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Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.
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  • Ruby Naz

    Omg I would LOVE to write to you! I totally need to prep for this! :) Btw, The Daily Marker / Kathy Racoosin does a coloring challenge every few months and there’s one in February!! If you wanted to participate: http://www.thedailymarker.com/2016/01/getting-organized-giveaway/

  • There’s also the Bullet Journal pen pal group on Facebook ;)

    • LauraJane Reilly

      Wait. WHERE!?

  • Kari B

    This is great and I had no idea this existed!! I’m also a lover of handwriting! I almost wish I could be paid to study it, aka obsess over it 24/7!! A couple of years ago during lent I wanted to find a way to write more & send love to others. A great friend of mine introduced me to Hannah Brencher, the founder of “The World Needs More Love Letters”. Its an amazing movement and if you haven’t heard of it you should check it out! I think you might like it :) Check out their website to read the story behind it and also to find letter requests. http://www.moreloveletters.com/
    You can also check out Hannah’s Ted Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/hannah_brencher_love_letters_to_strangers?language=en

    • Indeed! I actually linked to More Love Letters in the post above… LOVE the movement :)

      • Kari B

        That’s what I get for being super excited, reading fast and not clicking the links! lol! Glad to hear you know about it :)

  • Josefin Skogman

    Oh, maybe I should join. Need to think about it!

    But! What a beautiful post box you have, Kara! The ones in Sweden are green and boring. But I guess they fill their function.

    • Thanks Josefin! You should have seen the look on the postmaster’s face when I took a picture of it… I think he thought I was a little crazy ;)

  • Judi

    This looks like a lot of fun and challenging :)
    Anyone have recommendations on how to improve my handwriting?

  • Emily Scott

    Love, love, love this idea! I’ve been getting back into handwritten letters recently. It’s so relaxing to sit down in the evening a write to a pen pal + meeting new people and learning about their hometowns is always a bonus.

  • I LOVE this idea! What a great way to connect with family. The hospitalized children idea just broke my heart, so I definitely think I’ll do that a few times in February. Thanks so much for sharing this challenge!

    Best,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson
    http://rebeccakelsey.com/blog

  • Andreina Garban

    I love the art of handwritten letters. And sadly I leave in a country where post office are such a bad service. A letter can take months if I’m lucky. I tried to organized a little club after reading a wonderful book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. It’s a great book about letters and histories. I think you will enjoy it. And about the little letters club, it didn’t work due to the post services. I still have hopes though!

  • Galinette

    I absolutly love the idea! Maybe next year, when my life will be piecefull.
    But I want to write a little, so maybe i’ll sent you a letter during the month!

    • I would love that! Getting letters in the mail is probably one of my favorite things! :)

  • Lindsey

    Kara- It makes me nervous to put my address on a letter to someone I don’t know. I would love to find a good pen pal that could turn into a friendship, but I don’t know the safest way to find one.

    • Hi Lindsey! I can totally understand your hesitation there. Definitely check out the links for pen pals that I shared above… Do you have any online friends that would be into writing letters as well? That might be a good place to start :)

    • Jules

      That is exactly why I use a PO box :-)

  • Oh awesome, I’m def. going to send you a letter <3

  • 1curiouskat

    Hi! I went to check out the main InCoWriMo website and all of the information listed is for 2015. Should we be concerned? I guess I was thinking that with the first almost upon us there’d be 2016 information. I am seriously considering participating, but will there be something to participate in (actually, does it matter? It’s the letter that counts, not so much the ‘because’– right?)

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  • Jessie Nuez

    Love, love this!

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  • Dawne Mowbray

    Many years ago when I got married and moved from Ontario to British Columbia (about a 4 day drive) I missed my home and family. I used to joke about hugging the mailman even if it was just junk mail!! Handwritten letters are so personal and warm and friendly. They evoke pictures of romance, and lace, words flowing across parchment. And then my adventurous spirit overlaps that picture with steamer trunks, dusty suitcases tucked away in an attic, foreign stamps, and worn leather journals filled with stories of travel, handwritten with a fountain pen of course. The pages are scattered with sketches of a Paris cafe, a train schedule, an old photo tucked between the pages of a woman in safari gear standing on desert sand dunes,… exotic and beautiful memories.

  • Holly Lin

    I know this is an old post, but I was going through your posts today to see what all tips & things I might want to use, and I was happy when I saw this because I love to write but haven’t done handwritten letters in SO long. And I LOVE the idea, especially of ones like the letters to strangers, letters to soldiers, and letters to hospitalized kids, which my best friend actually told me about the year before last & does! What a great thing to do–reach out to and encourage other people. I think it’s great for you as well as those people that get your letters. Thanks so much for this post!