Short for International Correspondence Writing Month, InCoWriMo (with an obvious nod to NaNoWriMo) is a writing challenge geared towards bringing back the love of the handwritten letter.
The goal during the InCoWriMo challenge is to hand-write and mail/deliver one letter, card, note, or postcard every day during the month of February.
Last year I participated in InCoWriMo for the first time. Writing a letter each and every day during the month of February was indeed quite a challenge, but also a rewarding one!
I’m looking forward to participating again this year, and I even have some fun goodies and resources (including an awesome giveaway!) for you at the end of this post if you’d like to play along!
But first let’s take a look at the how, shall we?
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
>> 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 28 letters :)
>> Extra Credit
NOT SURE WHO TO WRITE TO?
- Here’s a great list from the InCoWriMo website.
- And another from Goulet Pens.
- How about writing to a soldier?
- More Love Letters is a great resource if you want to write to a stranger.
- How about one of these brave souls who shared their address with the world?
- You could even write to hospitalized children.
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 postcards from all over the world.
Fountain Pen Pals – A pen pal group for fountain pen enthusiasts on Reddit.
Letter Writers Alliance – A paid membership group but oh-so-cool!
Bullet Journal Pen Pals – A pen pal group on Facebook for Bullet Journal lovers!
Need some letter writing inspiration?
I’ve created an InCoWriMo board on Pinterest filled with lovely letter-writing and envelope decorating ideas:
Of 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!)
P.O. Box 780
Cookstown, NJ 08511
PS – Even if you’re catching this post after InCoWriMo has ended,
I absolutely LOVE receiving mail all year round ;)
As promised, I have a couple of extra goodies up my sleeve for you this year!
First up, is this InCoWriMo Tracker printable.
I found this extremely useful and fun to update as the challenge progressed last year, and I hope that you will too. Normally my printables are only available to Boho Berry Tribe Members, but I’ve decided to make this one available with just one click :)
The second goodie is an amazing giveaway!
The ever-generous folks over at Goulet Pens reached out to see if I thought my readers might enjoy a couple of letter-writing starter sets for InCoWriMo, and my response was (duh) “Heck yes!”
Here are the two prize kits:
InCoWriMo STARTER KIT #1
InCoWriMo STARTER KIT #2
The Goulet Pen Company and I are timing this giveaway just right, so that the two winners will receive their prize packages just in time to start writing all of those letters in February!
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:
Simply go through the steps of the Rafflecopter widget below. You do NOT have to complete every single option, just the ones you like. :)
This giveaway is open internationally to everywhere that Goulet Pens ships to (as they are sending out the prize packages – see their shipping FAQ here). Two winners will be drawn at 8 AM EST on Monday, January 23rd, 2017. Winners will be notified via email and must claim their prizes within 48 hours. See full disclosures here.
Good luck, everyone! And happy letter writing!
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