International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo)


I just signed up for the first time for InCoWriMo, in which, during the month of February, you send a handwritten letter, card or note to someone every day.

I’ve never done anything like this before, and I hope I have not bitten off more than I can chew, but as one of the things I started last year, was writing more letters, I thought, hey, this could be fun.

Have you ever joined in something like this?  How was your experience?  I have this small fear that my letters will seem boring and lackluster.  But, I signed up..and I am committed, so now to start gathering some supplies and preparing for the list of addresses to be released midmonth.


2 thoughts on “International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo)

  1. It is fun! I have been a participant in the February letter writing madness since 2013, starting out at a similar project, A Month of Letters, and a year later with the other InCoWrimo.

    A lot of those doing the February letters are fountain pen users. Some write beautiful calligraphy, but not all handwriting is as easy to read as others!

    Some seem to be at a loss as what to write. Others write at least a couple of pages (although, this might not be called a long letter in the penpalling world).Try not to write exactly the same thing to everyone – people are unique and your letters should be too. Topics for letters can be whatever you want, but perhaps for a first letter, best to avoid religion and politics. You could mention the weather (has been making headline news of late), or what you’ve been doing today/last week. Don’t make it all about you though – difficult as you might not know much about the person you are writing to, but you do know their postal address and name. Last year, I wrote to someone who shared the same name (first name and surname) as a friend of mine, so I mentioned this. Perhaps you have been to their area, or would like to, or perhaps share the same name of the town or street. Birmingham council (in the United Kingdom) mistakenly used a photo of the Birmingham Alabama skyline in a brochure.

    A suggestion though, use real stamps rather than labels. In the US, you can even use forever stamps for international post as long as you make sure that there is enough postage paid (some overpay using 3 forevers, or make up the value with additional ounce or surcharge stamps).In the UK, there is a culture of donating used stamps to charity (to then sell on to dealers).

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I’m all ready trying to gather supplies and stamps so I have everything I need. I am excited about giving this a shot!

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