The Estella Society has rolled out a letter writing exchange for 2014. I love to read collections of famous letters/correspondence and often feel sad that our generation will most likely not be leaving this type of treasure behind for future readers. It seems that letter writing is a dying art form in our current days of social media and texting. In third grade, everyone in our NY classroom received a pen pal from a classroom in Wyoming. I continued to correspond with my pen pal until we graduated from high school. So, naturally I think this letter exchange is a really cool idea. You have until January 20th to sign up and then the entire month of February to write your letters … letters should be mailed by February 28. You may send letters to one or three or five participants and can expect that number of letters in return. Participation is open to international folks which I think is all the more exciting and fun! I encourage you to sign up for this event and to pick up a collection of letters to read for inspiration. I enjoyed As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto by Joan Reardon, Anne Sexton: A Self Portrait in Letters and I recently purchased Sylvia Plath’s Letters Home as well as Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald.