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:
>> 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
Not sure who to write to?
- Here’s one list from the InCoWriMo website.
- And another from Goulet Pens.
- How about writing to a soldier?
- Or to a complete stranger?
- 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 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:
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!)
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