The Art of Letter Writing

As lovers of beautiful stationery, we feel a kindred connection to the Letter Writers Alliance (LWA), a group dedicated to preserving the art form of letter writing.

As a way of showing its support, Appleton Coated recently provided paper for the LWA’s “socials” and stationery. These monthly and seasonal events are open at no cost to anyone interested in letter writing. Events take place throughout the year and in cities throughout the country.

Kathy Zadrozny and Donovan Beeson founded the member-based LWA. The women also own and operate 16 Sparrows, a shop that sells its handmade cards, stationery and one-of-a-kind items online, through selected retailers and at craft fairs. Most of its cards are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks.

“We consider 16 Sparrows the mother ship to the LWA, with the Alliance serving a very specific group of enthusiastic paper nerds. Namely, nerds like us,” says Zadrozny. “In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item. The LWA is dedicated to preserving this art form; neither long lines, nor late deliveries, nor increasing postal rates will keep us from our mission.”


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