Every February starts an event called InCoWriMo. InCoWriMo is the short name for International Correspondence Writing Month and 2019 was great!
It challenges you to hand-write and mail/deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February. More information about this event is to be found at the bottom of this blog-post.
To whom you write doesn’t matter. A friend, your mother, a neighbour, the teacher, you can pick anyone you like. You can also add your address to the InCoWriMo address list through incowrimo.org. Keep in mind that everyone can see your address on that list. But if you don’t have a problem with that, you receive letters from all over the world.
You don’t have to write to a person you know. You can pick a random address from the InCoWriMo address list and just start writing. This year I received about thirty letters. I’m so grateful for that! I want to write everyone back. That’s what I’m doing, even now in April when I write this post. Yes, I’ve got some catching up to do 🙂
The funny thing this year was, I received a message through the InCoWriMo Facebook page from a Dutch participant. She asked me if I would mind writing to someone who also lives in The Netherlands. Of course I don’t mind. I asked her address through direct message and what was the case … she lives only 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from me! Suddenly the InCoWriMo world became very small 🙂
The Dutch letter was sent to Bergen op Zoom, decorated with a crab stamp. Bergen op Zoom is during Carnival called Crab Town. She liked the letter 😉 You can see the result here.
My youngest daughter has a new pen pal in the USA because of InCoWriMo. It’s lovely to see how she’s doing her best to make a nice snail-mail for Zora. Don’t you think that a handwritten letter is a 100 times more fun to receive than a text message or DM through Instagram? I’m looking forward to next years InCoWriMo. It will be my fourth participation. Are you joining? That would be awesome!
More information about InCoWriMo: