If you are feeling inspired by the July/August Staff Picks, Dear Summer: Letters in Literature, here are some websites that facilitate and encourage letter writing.
is an international project in which one exchanges postcards with strangers around the world.
is a place to connect with other people looking for pen pals.
are annual challenges to send a piece of mail every day during the month of February.
I have tried all of these with great success, but please share any other correspondence sites in the comments below! If you are interested in going beyond letters or postcards, redditgifts
hosts regularly scheduled themed gift exchanges.
Snail mail my email
was a community art project where volunteers would transform emails into handwritten letters and mail them to their intended recipient. The project lasted 6 years (2011-2017) and over 29,000 letters were mailed all across the world. In 2014, my children used the project to send a house warming card to their grandparents who had recently relocated.
There are also some great books filled with writing prompts and decorative ideas that are available to purchase and I've listed below:
If these resources inspire you, I would love to see the results. Please share your creative correspondence adventures in the comments below!