Welcome to the Letter Writers Alliance
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.
L.W.A Hosted Events
The more people we have writing letters, the happier we are. We host as many letter socials, workshops, and L.W.A. Laboratories as possible. Below is a listing of our upcoming events.
Letter Social (Chicago, IL)
Oct. 18th (Sunday)
Bari Zaki Studio
3858 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Stationery, rubber stamps, and envelopes will all be supplied. Just bring some letters that you need to respond too. We'll also bring some of our typewriters for tapping good fun.
L.W.A. Book Club
Book: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Discussion: Oct. 25th (Sunday)
A book club for letter writers and mail lovers with a quarterly reading schedule. Special guest Melissa Esposito of craftgasm.
More info on Goodreads | Live Video Event Page
Letter Social (Forest Park, IL)
Nov. 15th (Sunday)
Forest Park Library
7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL 60130
Tap away on our typewriters and get inky with some rubber stamps. We'll all be writing letters together and maybe even have some snacks. Stationery, envelopes, and mail art materials will be supplied.
Live Video Archive
Want to watch all the past live video events we've done?
Go to our event archive and enjoy as we make butts of ourselves on the internet all in the name of letter writing.
World-wide Event Calendar
Since we can't make it to every city/state/town that our members are in, some of our most amazing members have started hosting their own letter socials. We keep track of all L.W.A. Letter Socials hosted by ourselves and our members on our event calendar. If you are going to host a Letter Social, please let us know and we'll add it to the event calendar.
What is the difference between a Social, Workshop, and Laboratory?
Here are the differences between the events we host:
Socials are informal gatherings that where we get together with typewriters and and supplies for writing letters.
Virtual Socials last 24 hours and are worldwide through the power of the internet. Connect and share on Twitter and Instragram with the hashtag #LWASocial.
Workshops are focused on teaching you how to do something along a theme. Workshops are held both in person and online.
L.W.A. Laboratory is where we invite you to experiment with us while exploring a specialized aspect of letter writing. Perks are small-groups, individual attention from Kathy & Donovan, focused themes, and take-home treats so you continue tinkering at home.
Private parties & hiring L.W.A. for your event
Kathy and Donovan can create a workshop or letter social for your private event. Contact us for private workshop themes, our availibility, and pricing via email
Photos from our most recent event.
Shared on Instagram with #LWASocial
About Us & Our Mission
The Letter Writers Alliance is a member based organization dedicated to keeping the art of letter writing alive. The Alliance was started in the Summer of 2007 by Kathy Zadrozny and Donovan Beeson. With a combination of both online presence and in person gatherings we strive to give people the tools to maintain the art of letter writing. Donovan and Kathy design, create, package, email, web design, and all the other things that go along with running a worldwide organization. There are no interns or minions; these two ladies do it all. The L.W.A. community is what keeps them going and they thank you for being awesome.
With over 7,000 members worldwide, the member site is the biggest part of the Alliance. We offer free printable downloads, exclusive member products, and vintage postal items. The L.W.A. has been included in the letter writing book, Good Mail Day and has been interviewed by the BBC regarding the importance of paper correspondence. At then end of the day, we are happy to see so many people enthusiastic about letter writing.
"We give you the tools to get offline & write more letters."
(Listen to BBC interview of Kathy discussing 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!
Keep everything clean in here. No claiming these are yours or selling these designs. You'll need Adobe Acrobat to open and print these files.
The world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake and you must choose a side. For those who Ingress, like Donovan does, here are three downloads for you.
Tools Needed: Cutting tool & know how
Mail Love Desktop
Red, white, and lovely all over. Download the file for your screen, set as your desktop, and enjoy the mail adoration.
• An awesome design sense.
Use this stationery when we host our world-wide virtual letter socials or anytime you wish! Just print out and cut the page in half to get two half-sheets of stationery.
Printer, craft knife, and ruler.
Our wonderful member Jennifer, of Architette Studios, drew and designed this lovely stamp and customized it for the Letter Writers Alliance to give to you as a free download. Use a sewing machine or perf knife to create the wavy stamp edge.
Printer, craft knife, and ruler.
Answers to your Burning Questions
Who makes the L.W.A.?
Since 2007 the Letter Writers Alliance has been dedicated to the art of letter writing. Our creative members help this endeavor. These are the letter lovers who make our community a success. Below is an infographic for our 2013 stats. We update our infographic in the Spring, so look out for 2014's infographic then.
What does my membership include?
Your membership gets you a fancy member card, a embroidered patch, an introduction letter, and access to the member's only website which gets you so much more. Once you login to the member's area, you are privy to free downloads of stationery and cards that you can print at home, as well as an optional pen pal swap so you have more people to write to. There are also member exclusive items, such as our popular Royal Society of Venturesome Parcels serial mailing program. We also offer members items such as member seals, vintage postal items, and other letter writing goods that you cannot find anywhere else.
How long does membership last? Is there an annual fee to stay a member?
Your membership is LIFETIME. Letter Writers Alliance membership is just a one-time entrance payment and that is all. Once you are in, you are in!
What name goes on my member card?
The member card comes blank except for your member number. This way you can write whatever fake name or silly title you wish or give the membership as a gift.
Do you accept members outside of the U.S.?
Absolutely! Our community is worldwide and we use virtual letter socials, live video, and online classes to unite us all in real time.
What happens if I lose my card?
We do not keep a record of your member number or your address in order to maintain your privacy. You can get a replacement card for $1, but if you don't remember your member number, we will reassign you a new number. There is no need to re-order a full membership kit if you lose your member card. You don't stop being a member if you lose your card; the membership is lifetime.
Pro-tip: Take a picture of your member card with your phone and you will aL.W.A.ys have a file of it.
But why don't you have a huge L.W.A. member register?
We don't want access to that kind of information. Your privacy is extremely important to us and we never want to be responsible for your information getting away from us. We also want you to be in control of your personal information and how much you participate in the Alliance, which is why all of our optional activities are on an opt-in basis.
I don't want any pen pals, I just want to be a member. Can I do that?
No problem! The pen pal swap is optional, not mandatory. It is something you need to sign-up for in order to get matched. If you change your mind later down the road, you can sign-up any time you wish, even if it is years after you first became a member.
Don't you see the irony of having a letter
writing group online?
It is quite an interesting twist - we use technology to enable an analog activity. The website is a meeting point and resource to enable more letter writing. The L.W.A. was created in order to unite letter writers; we use the member site as our "club house," if you will. The free downloads and pen pal swap are resources to get members offline and writing more letters.
So are you anti-technology/email?
Absolutely not. We aren't anti-email, we are just pro real mail. We use technology to connect letter writers as well as to find letter writing inspiration. We love the stuff we can create on our computers and the quick connections we can make with email. We also know that letters are an important part of human communication and are a great way to maintain connections between friends and strangers.
Do you accept donations?
Yes we do. Our Letter Writing Socials are free events and we aL.W.A.ys supply free stationery and envelopes. Your donation will help us continue doing this and spread the letter writing love.
Our Pigeon Post made it as #1 on Oprah's list of nice things to do during
"A Month of Karma."
View on oprah.com
December 30, 2013
A friend sends Tina Roth Eisenberg a Pigeon Post and her postman has a bit of fun.
Read more at smissmiss
January 30, 2013
BBC World Service
Kathy was interviewed for BBC's The World Today to discuss the dying art of letter writing and its relationship with technology.
Listen to the interview
Originally aired on October 30, 2009
"Scenes from the Renegade Craft Fair"
View slideshow on their website.
September 12, 2012
"Go Postal with the Letter Writers Alliance"
The awesome Jennifer Paull interviews us about our future plans and why we write.
Read interview on bookriot.com
November 8, 2012
"To get a letter, send a letter" by Marianne
Read full article on xojane.com
January 30, 2014
"Be awesome, write letters", Leah Pickett
Leah talks about her history with letters and why you should do it too. Read more at WBEZ.
February 8, 2013
Our Telegram Stationery was featured in Daily Candy's Everywhere section.
March 1, 2006
More of our Press
We've been been featured in some lovely magazines and blogs since we began in 2007. The above are just some of the places who were nice enough to take notice of us, view more of our press here.
Firstly, thank you for wanting to talk to us about letters. If you are interested in the L.W.A. for a press piece, you can view a PDF of our Media Kit by downloading it here. That should give you oodles of info about the Letter Writers Alliance, but feel free to contact us for more information or if you would like to do an interview. You can reach Kathy & Donovan via email
While we promote physical mail, we don't snub our noses at e-mail or social media. There is a tool for every type of communication need and we use each one for different purposes. Here are the places you can reach us on or offline.
Snail mail can be addressed to Kathy or Donovan and mailed here:
Letter Writers Alliance
PO Box 221168
Chicago, IL 60622
You can also reach Kathy & Donovan via email
Worldwide Event Calendar
The L.W.A. and its members host frequent Letter Socials that are open to non-members and members alike. Check out the calendar below to see when Socials are happening. Letter Socials listed are ones hosted by both the L.W.A. and its members in various cities. Each entry starts with the city location so you can quickly locate Socials in your area.
Please, if your event is on our calendar and has changed; tell us so that we can update the information.
This is a community driven calendar, we need your info to add socials to this calendar.
Please email us with Letter Social info to add to this calendar: 16sparrows(at)gmail(dot)com.