This exchange has closed. Please visit the link above to sign up for the Spring Pen Friend exchange---coming in March 2019.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018
This year I'm teaming up with Belle's Library to offer a marvelous reading challenge---Victorian style! Check out Belle's Library for all the details. Prizes are on offer! Woop!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Signups are now closed. Please still submit your application and I'll include you in our New Year exchange in January 2019.
Here's what you need to know:
- While we are very happy to fellowship with all humankind on this site, this particular exchange is for ladies only. If someone would like to organize a mixed-gender exchange, please do so and let me know so I can give you a shout-out here!
- This is an international exchange but introductory letters must be written in English. (If you and your partner decide to write in a more familiar language after, that is fine.)
- A minimum of one letter to your partner is required. If you decide to continue the correspondence after that, wonderful!
- I am not responsible for "flakers", but anyone who does not keep their commitment will not be included in further exchanges.
- Privacy Statement: Your information will only be given to your assigned pen friend. I will not use it for any kind of advertising, marketing, or other commercial purposes, nor will I publish it in any form.
- There is no fee to join the Guild---it's strictly for fun and fellowship. I will add your email to a list for my own purposes and will only send emails regarding the pen friend exchange or other Guild activities I think you might be interested in, such as giveaways or letter writing challenges. I will not add you to my blog subscription list but there is a link on the sidebar to do so if you wish.
Are you ready for a new pen friend? Copy and paste into an email your answers to the following questions and send to the address below. I will assign you a partner after the cutoff date.
Pen Friend Sign Up Questions
Send to email@example.com
1. First and Last Name
2. Full Mailing Address including zip code and country
3. Email Address
4. What is your age group?
5. Do you have a preferred age group to correspond with?
6. Do you prefer a pen friend from your own country or is any country fine?
7. List some of your hobbies and interests:
8. What interests you about the Victorian Letter Writers Guild?
9. How did you learn about the Guild?
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Happy New Year! I'm so excited about all 2018 has in store!
Many people practice spring cleaning and organization but for me, the organizing bug bites at the new year. I feel like I want everything in its place before I can really jump into new routines and plans.
This year I've acquired several new pen pals and have also started up the Letter Writing Guild. That means I have a lot of addresses to keep track of! Today I want to share some of the ways I organize my pen friends' information.
The pink file box above is what I've used to organize Guild members' address cards and keep track of who is paired with who. I organize the cards by the person's last name and include any notes and preferences I want to remember. This system would also work great for keeping track of pen friends' addresses, birthdays, family members' names, preferences, and more. I found the box and colored index cards and Walmart. The dividers came in the box but you could make some from cardstock.
Until now... My husband got me this gorgeous Card Catalog box for Christmas. It's made to look like a vintage library card catalog box and came with dividers and reproduction cards from the Library of Congress, featuring 30 great authors like Jane Austen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Brontes.
I am SO excited to organize my addresses into this adorable box! If you want one too, look on eBay or the Victorian Trading Company website.
Another way I organize my pen pal writing obsession is by keeping a record of mail sent and received. I use this little journal and organize everything according to what was sent or received each month. This really helps when I find that I've not heard from someone in awhile, because I can write another quick note to make sure they've received my letter.
Here's an example of how a couple page entries might look:
*wrote to Louisa May on December 3
*received from Catherine Morland on December 5
-responded December 7
I'd love to hear how other members organize their letter writing hobbies. Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram: @victorianletterwritersguild