Founders Kathy & Donovan writing letters.
Photo by Carolee G. Wheeler
Letter Writers Alliance | Become
The Letter Writers Alliance is a member based organization dedicated to keeping the art of letter writing alive 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.
With over 3,700 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 LWA 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 LWA 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!
What does my membership include?
Your membership gets a fancy member card, a badge, and 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 memberhship 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!
I lost my membercard / forgot my password. What do I do?
If you lost or forgot your password, email us at 16sparrows (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll help you out. Please include your member # if possible. If you lost your member card, you can get a replacement by sending us a SASE to the PO Box. If you remember your member #, write that on your note and we will reassign you the original #, otherwise we will reassign you 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 more of a meeting point and resource to enable more letter writing. The LWA 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 outside with their pen and paper.
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 always supply free stationery and envelopes. Your donation will help us continue doing this and spread the letter writing love.
Where are all your members?
Well, we have a member map. This map is based on community forms our members send in, so it doesn't count every single member. Why do we do it this way? Because we respect our member's privacy and only have them opt in when they want to participate. Check out where some of our members are below.
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